Fibro Flare Essentials + Recommendations

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Often with Fibromyalgia a flare can occur at any time for any reason. We eat healthy, try exercise and different types of alternative medicine to help us and to a degree it does help. But, like any treatment it isn’t going to work every time. Eventually we’re going to have a flare that lands us in bed for a few days, sometimes even longer. So I’m going to share with you guys my Fibro flare essentials and I’m also going to share some of my favorite things with you guys at the end of this post.

1.     Netflix! Because where would we be without it? Especially now that you can download shows to your tablets and phones.

2.     Nanoblocks, because if your flare doesn’t involve the joints in your hands these could keep you engaged and distracted from your pain for a while. They’re pretty simple to put together, but if you have reduced dexterity I’d recommend using a pair of tweezers to help put the projects together. They have a bunch of different things you could put together and they all have varying degrees of difficulty.

3.     My heating pad, because cold and my joints don’t get along very well at all. But I also really rely on my heating pad because I get very severe muscle spasms in my back. It’s also fuzzy and soft so it doesn’t hurt my skin.

4.     Books are also one of my favorite distractions, if it’s a really good story then I can get sucked in and hours could pass and I wouldn’t even know. I think books are one of the best things for people with chronic illness. We get to go on adventures with these characters we read about, and we can go on adventures even though our bodies might be failing us.

5.     Lastly, my ipad because, this is where my books and Netflix downloads are. And I do have a few apps that I enjoy playing as well.


Reccomendations!

Now it’s time for my favorites in books, apps and Netflix!

Books


·      The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

My opinion: It's a really good series though it is a really dark. Some parts of it can get a little annoying and repetitive, but if you can look past that then it is a really good series. The characters are well developed and you do get to learn about their past, none of them seem one sided. This is also a multi point of view story, but it all flows together quite well.


                                                                    

·      The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff

What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? -Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain, - says Dr. Judith Orloff. -But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others' emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.- The Empath's Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for empaths and anyone who wants to nurture their empathy and develop coping skills in our high-stimulus world--while fully embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

My opinion: I just started reading this book and it is honestly bringing me  little peace. I've always been told I'm too sensitive, that I need tougher skin but so far reading this has just been peaceful now that I know that there are other people like me. This book also teaches you how to deal with the energy around you.



·      The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My opinion: The book has a good premise, that's what made me want to read it. The books are a little slow though and some points kind of seem like an after thought. Also the main character is a bit whiney and wishy washy, there were a few times I contemplated not reading the rest of the series. I trudged on though, and was rewarded with a few more romantic parts throughout the books, but it was still kind of odd. So overall I think the series is okay, though kind of seems like it could be a hit or miss really.



·      The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My opinion: So this book reminds me of Mulan for starters in a way. Or at least Mulan with a vendetta, you can really see Mariko grow throughout the book. The characters are really likable and they never seem one sided. This is also a multiple point of view book with plenty of plot twists throughout and ends with a huge cliff hanger. I was so mad when I finished it. 



·      A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

My opinion: This is possibly my all time favorite trilogy, if you haven't read anything by Sarah J. Maas you need to she is a fantastic author. A Court of Thorns and Roses will grab you and haul you along for one heck of a ride. It's like you're with Feyre throughout the whole series there is never a dull moment. And you probably won't put the books down until you've read them all. The third book in the trilogy came out  back in May (2017).



·      Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My opinion: This is my all time favorite series! It's Sarah J. Maas that has now put my expectations for books way higher than it originally was. Celaena is one of the sassiest characters I've ever encountered, probably the best heroine ever. Throne of Glass will pull you in between it's pages and not let you out. Everything is so realistic and engrossing that you will probably lose track of time. The characters are absolutely fantastic, there's so much magic in this series it's incredible. I read the first four books in a week and a half, needless to say I hardly slept. Then the fifth book came out back in May (2017).


·      Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen

Praised by everyone from Bernie Siegel to Daniel Goleman to Larry Dossey, Rachel Remen has a unique perspective on healing rooted in her background as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness. In a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, this prominent physician shows us life in all its power and mystery and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives.

My opinion: This is another one of those books I just started reading and it does really feel like you're just sitting down having some tea with the author. The stories are about people that have chronic illnesses and the authors own experience with chronic illness. It kind of makes you feel accepted and warm and fuzzy on the inside.


·      Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? 

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

My opinion: I would say this is probably my third favorite series. The characters are very real, this book makes you feel like you can just live with the characters and go after trouble throughout Chicago. There definitely nothing dull happening in Chicago when it's full of bad supernaturals. Merit is a great heroine, she's funny, sarcastic and stubborn a great mix of character traits. And if you're looking for a big series to read this is it, Chicagoland Vampires clocks in at a big 13 books but the series ended in April of this year (2017). There will also be other books set in the same place, you'll learn more about it if you make it through all 13 books. Or if you just Googled it but due to MAJOR spoilers I strongly urge you not to do that.





Apps

·      Block! Hexa
·      Bubble Island 2
·      Best Fiends
·      Pokemon Go
·      Roofbot
·      Runes
·      Udemy


Netflix

·      Criminal Minds
·      Girlboss
·      The Ranch
·      Scandal
·      The Messengers
·      Nurse Jackie

·      Lie to Me

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