Nov 28, 2021

Here’s the for my podcast episode for Nov 28, 2021:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Sunday-Talk-with-Alexandra-Mars-Nov-28–2021-e1aum3r

Here’s the link for Monday’$ Topic for Nov 22, 2021

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Mondays-Topic-ADD-Nov-22–2021-e1aph0u

Here’s the link for Sunday Talk on Nov 21, 2021:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Sunday-Talk-Nov-21–2021-e1apgi6

Nov 5, 2022

Last night, I edited two chapters of my manuscript. I am starting to get immersed within my story again, and that is a very good thing. Since I have been away from it. It’s also good to have distance away from the story, looking at it with fresh eyes at the material that I have already written to help find the errors and make sure that the plot is understandable to the reader.

One thing I realized from being away from my story so long is that I need better notes; so I know how to keep things going on within the plot with the new changes, and some of the ideas that I had previously thought about before I became sick. I’m hoping the new software that I using will help with that in the future. And I did make a lot of notes in my previous draft and that is helping quite a bit.

The plot is strong and my cast of characters is developing nicely, but there were some changes that I wanted to make within the story, and I just haven’t found those notes. What I wanted to do is coming back to me, which is a good thing. So what I have learned about this is that I need to make well-detailed notes or have a better outline for future manuscripts. Because when I do get sick it does take a lot out of me physically and mentally, and I need to be prepared for that.

My goals for this week of Oct 17, 2021

These are the things that I want to accomplish this week to help me to get back on track with my schedule.

1. Decluttering my bedroom

2. Work on my laundry

3. Read Dune

4. Work on my outline

5. Editing my manuscript

7. Create mock book covers for my outline and manuscript

6. Get back in the routine of exercising

How many lists of things to get to get done helps me to get back on track after dealing with a major infection and having a flare-up. Perhaps, my list of goals will help somebody else dealing with Rheumatoid arthritis.

October Flare-up Day Two

Here’s a link if you would prefer to listen:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Day-4-of-the-Flare-up-of-Rheumatoid-Arthritis-e18jgt5/a-a6m6rkn

Well, it is day two of my flare-up dealing with the RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). I am feeling a little bit better than yesterday, and I was able to get my laundry done last night; so that was a huge win in my favor. I talk to my rheumatologist’s office staff and I’m able to get my infusion next week. Hip hip hooray! Now, it’s just surviving until next week to get my meds.

So I’m glad I’m getting my infusion next week. My left ankle joint feels like it is on fire it and it is hurting all the time, and there’s nothing that doesn’t stop the pain unless I’m sleeping. Today, my hips starting are aching. I have been taking extra meds over-the-counter to help with the pain, especially at night. To be honest, this is just my life when I have a flare-up. I’m just doing the basic things to get through my day until I get my infusion.

I am focusing on what I can do instead of what I can’t. And my attitude helps a lot when dealing with a bad flare that’s trying to get worse. If I sit here and focused on what I cannot do I would be so depressed. That I would find myself in a dark place that I don’t want to be. And I find it helps me to focus on what I can do especially when I’m in a lot of pain. So what am I doing? I am working on my blog right now, I plan to read a book later today, and if I feel up to it I am planning to work on a new story outline it’s going through my head. I am focusing on tasks it does not take a lot of energy and where I can sit and do not affect my joints that much. And tonight I’ll probably watch TV again. Perhaps a movie 🎥. So basically the tasks that I’m doing are not putting a lot of stress on my joints or causing me pain.

I’m prioritizing tasks that must get done. I took out the garbage this morning. I am doing tasks that need to get done that can’t wait because I’m in survival mode.

I don’t care that the dishes are not done or my house is messy and cluttered. Or am I’m still in my pajamas. Right now, it’s about me taking care of myself independently to the best of my ability despite having pain. That means that I have to let other things go until I am feeling better.