Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

Fibromyalgia and Deadlines

When you have deadlines to meet and you suffer from Fibromyalgia, that can make one’s week extremely difficult to get through.

I don’t know about you, but when I have a deadline it causes my adrenaline to kick in, allowing me to accomplish the task at hand, but the after effects can be debilitating.

My regular day includes home schooling my children, cooking meals and normal day to day chores. It’s my routine and one my body is used to.

However, when something gets added to that and stretches me to my max physically, it will throw me into a flare.

This past week was grueling because this past winter, my children have been working on their 5th CD. My job to see it get manufactured is creating the CD case, disc, and other behind the scenes stuff, as well as being there during the mixing process.

All of that takes countless hours of sitting or hovering over a computer screen, which wreaks havoc on my Fibro body.

Yes, I broke the process down into smaller doses over a two month time period, but the mixing is different.

When mixing I am at someone else’s studio and on their time clock and it doesn’t matter how I feel. If it is scheduled, I need to be there.

Memorial Weekend is upon us and that is my deadline.

Let me rephrase that. Before Memorial Weekend is when we need to have the CD completed and in our hot little hands. That process takes weeks. It begins before May 1. We are now well into the first week of May and I spent yesterday in the studio for the mixing. (That is behind schedule).

My adrenaline kept me going, but when it’s over, I crash hard.

Very hard.

Other people’s schedules are not conducive to a Fibro body, especially when you have to be there when they say to be.

I awoke this morning feeling the effects of my week (and month) and the 7+ hours I spent yesterday mixing the CD only added to my suffering. I can scarcely move, I feel bruised all over, stiff and jointy with that hazy head feeling I get when a migraine is lurking in the shadows.

I hate it when I wake up feeling like road kill being left for dead.

Can I rest today? Nope. Not a chance.

My husband has an important doctor’s appointment an hour+ away and I must go with him. He needs me today.

Deadlines, meetings, due dates, appointments…NOT Fibro friendly.

Life does not slow down. Sometimes we cannot slow down either. Today is one of those days.

I am happy when deadlines are behind me and I can try to rest…eventually.

Pain is a part of life. Fibro pain should not be. Fibro sufferers understand this.

It is what it is.

I’m moving sloth slow today.

Happy weekend…and very gentle hugs.

~The Fibro Momma of Ten

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