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Two hours into work, and I’m lighted headed, dizzy, and have occasional, severe, cramping pain at the base of my neck. The pain is much worse on my left side – face, ribs, back, hip, leg and foot. I have an intermittent, sharp, pain like a needle poking me on the left side of my back. Fine motor skills are compromised; I keep dropping things. Getting harder to concentrate. The ringing in my ears (tinnitus) is louder than usual, so I’m not hearing clearly. It hurts just to carry my cup of water and fatigue is setting in.

Doesn’t work to breathe and relax because breathing hurts. I am determined to not let this increase my depression and anxiety.

Between customers, I stare at a lamp post up in the blue sky and think “love” over and over to distract myself.

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Published by Sara Z

Writing is one of my passions. Most blog entries are relatively short articles regarding a wide variety of topics. I'm a middle-aged wife and mother of two adult sons. I've been a teacher, counselor, medical transcriptionist, student teacher supervisor, substitute teacher and retail clerk. Staying home now due to fibromyalgia. Seeking purpose.

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