All in a Fibro Week: July 22, 2018

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Being a fibro mom is intriguing and interesting. With our large family of seven, we never know what’s going to happen day to day. I’ve decided to share our activities, meals, and books read in hopes of giving you ideas and inspiration. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.

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All in a Fibro Week: July 22, 2018


Sundays are the day of the week I enjoy the most because we get to sleep in and do nothing the entire day. Well, we don’t do nothing, but we do whatever we want to do – within reason, of course. Haha I usually spend the day reading and resting. Gearing myself ready for the next week of whatever is in store for us.

The previous day I got my reading light in the mail, so I was most looking forward to nighttime so I could use it. Tim goes to bed earlier than I do because of work, so it’s my chance to read while he snoozes next to me. Now that I have my reading light, I can do it without disturbing him!

My reading light allows me to read while my husband sleeps next to me.


Abby and Aiden were having a silly kind of day, so they decided to draw mustaches on their faces. Abby took it a step further later that afternoon and transformed herself into a ‘tiger’.

Abby and Aiden drew on mustaches and beards.


Abby marked herself to be a tiger.


Due to my up and down health issues, I haven’t committed to a Fibro Live show since the start of the Summer. However, Melissa Talwar asked if we could do one about The Wahl’s Protocol Cooking for Life. It was a rough show for me because my stomach is hurting the entire show. Needless to say, I collapsed into my bed immediately after the video was over. It was nice to chat with Melissa (as always), and we had a great laugh about us both wearing our ‘Avocado Holic’ shirts for the show (it was planned).

Screenshot from this week’s Fibro Live show about The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life book.


There has been increased sharp, burning pains in my stomach over the last two weeks and the source is unknown. There is speculation about my gallbladder being the culprit, and I saw the gastroenterologist for his thoughts on it. It was not a good visit.

He was in and out of the room in last than ten minutes having spoken less than a full paragraph of sentences to me the entire time. He said he didn’t know about the lump in my stomach which is weird because that’s the reason he requested I do a colonoscopy. It was also brushed off about me having possible Candida overgrowth causing the lump in my throat, but he did prescribe an antifungal for it, thankfully.

After referring me to have a HIDA scan for the gallbladder, he was gone just like that. I stood up and was confused about what had taken place. What happened? Why was it over so quickly? What are my next steps? What can I do about these sharp pains in my stomach and ribs? Am I to live like this until only God knows when?

I was a crying mess from the time I left the appointment until I got home, and then I cried some more. I felt utterly hopeless, powerless, and confused. Within a few minutes of arriving home, I received a gift from a friend. Her family and her went on vacation to a local island. While there, she got me a turtle magnet. I LOVE turtles and I collect magnets, so this was a special gift. It was also touching that she thought of me while she was away. I’ll always remember her kind gift and the feelings I had when I received it. It was perfect timing!


Our three boys had a camp out in the living together, and played video games late into the night. I love when they do these sort of activities together.

Our three boys camped out together in the living room and pulled an all nighter.

While the boys had a camp out, Tim and I played Monopoly, Junior Deep Sea Advertures with the girls. Don’t be fooled with the ‘junior’ part of this game – it’s just as intense as regular Monopoly!

Abby loves playing Monopoly, Junior! It teaches her the names of sea life and how to count money.


I had the first session with my fibromyalgia coach on Friday. I requested this coach because her and I had spoken on the phone earlier in the year. Our mutual friend, Melissa, connected us, and I was thrilled to know she could be my coach.

We had a great conversation, and I no longer felt powerless over my current health situation. We mapped out a plan and I had a checklist. She has experience with nearly the same issues as me, and it put me at ease knowing she understood. More importantly – she gave me hope and how to stay positive about it.

image from the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute website.

That evening we had family movie night. We watched Ready Player One. Tim and I read the novel a couple years ago, and was thrilled to see a movie about it. It was released in theaters on March 30, 2018, and we had plans to see it for my birthday. Unfortunately, I became ill earlier that week and was unable to keep the plans.


My grandmother hasn’t been feeling well lately, and she’s been worried about my recent health issues. To ease her mind, Tim, the kids, and me went to visit her Saturday afternoon. We had a great time watching the kids play together (my sister lives with my mom and grandmother).

We managed to wrangle all eight kids into my grandmother’s room for a photo with her. This is the FIRST photo of all eight kids together in one photo!

My grandmother with one of her granddaughters (me) and eight of her great grandchildren. (She has great-great grandchildren, too!)

Skylar and I stayed behind for a few more photos with GranJoy.

My mom and I went through some of my mom’s old boxes containing items from years ago. There was so much nostalgia going through these boxes. I found lots of stuff from my childhood like Kid Sister and a jewelry box.

My Kid Sister doll from my childhood. She’s wearing her original overalls and shoes. The undershirt she is wearing is one of my mom’s tanning shirts.


I loved my little jewelry box when I was a kid. I remember hiding all sorts of ‘treasures’ in here. I gave it to my daughter because she loved it when she saw it.

Before I left, I got my niece to take photos, and then photos of us. She’s so stinkin’ cute! When I say, ‘say cheese!’ she smiles really big and says, ‘CHEEEEESE!’.

My nephew and niece – they are so stinkin’ cute!

Books Read

Usually the books I get to read come from the local book sale (fill a bag for $5) or from our community’s Little Free Library. However, recently I signed up for Book of the Month, and now I can get a newly published hardcover book for $14.99 a month (that includes shipping). If I don’t see a book I like, I can skip it for the month. I’ll still get charged, but I will get a credit for the next month.

This week I read…

I tried to read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, but I couldn’t gain interest in reading about a massive school shooting. I decided to stop reading it after fifty or so pages.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: I rated it 4/5 stars. It’s a thriller.


Here are the meals from this week. Whenever I use one of the Autoimmune Solution Cookbook recipes, I’ll annotate it with ASC.


  • chicken burrito bowl (ASC)
  • Rice


  • Pizza for the kids
  • Rotisserie chicken and rice for me


  • Baked salmon (ASC)
  • Rice
  • Kimchi
  • Seaweed


  • Burgers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Green beans


  • Ordered pizza from local pizza joint


  • Taco salad (I replaced the taco shells with lettuce and avocado.)


  • Salmon
  • Rice
  • Seaweed
  • asparagus
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