Christmas Cheer

It’s done. The Christmas celebrations are over for this year. Not that I don’t love the celebrations but I find them exhausting too and I didn’t even do a good portion of the work to be done this year.

Christmas Eve my family prepared for the evening. I cleaned up the bathroom downstairs and my stuff in the living room. But that’s about all I could handle. I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. I keep waking up btw 4:30 am to 5:30 am. Eventually I fall back to sleep but I wake up exhausted. It’s going to be about fine tuning my sleeping medication as it is every so often. So either I need more medication that helps me fall asleep or more medication that helps me stay asleep. I think I will go with increasing the Clonazapam which helps me stay asleep. I’ll try that tonight.

Anyways, at Christmas Eve my family went to church and then came home to eat appetizers and sweets. Later, we opened presents. Generally, I think I mostly received gift cards and money and I was happy with that. But I do miss having something to open up, even if it is just bath stuff.

This morning I helped a bit setting up for a Christmas Lunch at 1:30 pm. We had ham, perogies, spinach apple salad, green beans, cabbage rolls, and I believe that’s it. It was very good. My mom put a lot of work into dinner. I wish I’d been hungrier but I’m kind of glad I’ve trained myself to eat small portions especially during holiday meals. All the company left around 3 pm and now I’m here in blessed silence.

I’m still very tired but hoping to go Boxing Day shopping tomorrow early on to Kingsway. But my Mom might be too worn out to go tomorrow. Right now I’m watching a Christmas Tradition: The Muppet Christmas Carol. How great is that!

I went to see a rheumatologist before Christmas. He asked me a lot of questions and sent me for blood tests. Something was wrong so he sent for more tests. I’m curious what is wrong. I never had anything wrong before and they’ve done tons of testing on me since I first got sick years ago.

Oh well all in good time. Merry Christmas!


8 thoughts on “Christmas Cheer

  1. joyroses13 December 26, 2014 / 2:13 am

    Merry Christmas and I hope you sleep much better tonight!! Will be praying about your test results also! Waiting can be the hardest! I agree with you, I love opening gifts, even if its something little. The girls laugh at me, cause they say, “Mom you are still a kid the way you act with gifts!” I say, Hey you are never too old for them! 🙂


    • mandibelle16 December 26, 2014 / 3:19 am

      Thanks joyroses. Hope you had a happy Christmas with your girls. Yes, there is something about wrapping something up and trying to figure out what it is I think that is catching. Thanks also for your prayers.


  2. Priceless Joy December 26, 2014 / 3:08 am

    Mandi, I am glad to hear you had a nice Christmas. I’m sorry to hear about your sleeping problems. I hope you can get that worked out so you aren’t feeling exhausted. I also hope you don’t have rheumatoid arthritis. Please keep us posted. You’re in my prayers.



    • mandibelle16 December 26, 2014 / 3:35 am

      Hi Joy, thanks I will figure out the sleeping. Sleeping medication is not as good as normal sleep I’m afraid so your body often gets use to it too quickly and medication must be adjusted. But it’s okay I’m use to it. Lol I will not have rheumatoid arthritis. A rheumatologist deals with any auto-immune disease. Likely it is that I have markers in my blood test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is also an auto-immune disease which is close to fibramialaga except that you don’t get bad pain all over your body just a little in some places when your body is stressed. Chronic fatigue is when you go to sleep and never wake up rested or restored so you are sleepier but also your body does not recover to do physical things such as exercise or more physical chores. It also has a mental component which is trouble with recall memory and trouble concentrating and paying attention. Besides being tired it takes you a very long time to recover when you for instance spend 2 hours writing then go out and by groceries for 2 hrs. It may take take an afternoon or longer to recover from this which is called malaise. But it’s a very hard disease to prove because many of it’s symptoms could very well be symptoms for something like thyroid problems and other fatigue inducing diseases. I have been through years of this thinking it is just psychiatric induced symptoms but we came to an end with that and have tested for many other diseases. I can’t say forsure what my chronic fatigue is yet but this testing will go along way in helping to rule out and rule in potential auto-immune diseases. Sorry for the long explanation and thanks for your support.

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      • Priceless Joy December 26, 2014 / 3:53 am

        Thank you for your explanation. I hope they discover your problem so they can help you live with it easier. I know how horrible it is to feel fatigued all the time and not have enough energy to do every day things. Your much too young and beautiful to be bogged down with these problems so I hope and pray they can help you feel better.

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