Formerly Known As fibrogirl

Formerly Known As fibrogirl
October 20
I'm 35. I work in a career I love, paint, ski, nordic walk, have dogs, have a boyfriend, read incessantly, crochet, travel, sing in my car, and cook like a dream. I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia for the past 4 years and the some of the story is posted here. Having corrected that, I have regained energy and vitality, so I'm not online as much as before. Can't really say "F the medical establishment" enough right now. *Please excuse the mess while I readjust my online identity*


Formerly Known As fibrogirl's Links
AUGUST 30, 2009 1:02PM

Livin' the life I was supposed to be

I meant to come back.  I really did.


I liked OS and still read it avidly.


I am too freaking busy being a healthy non fibromyalgia having person to make any posts.  The posts I should be making are conversations I have face to face… Read full post »

Things are bad here in Michigan, you've all heard the stories. 
Unemployment is now at 15.4% (reported in June).  Cannot seem to fine any report on the "negative population growth" but that might be because the person who was doing the counting has left as well.  There are fo/… Read full post »
JUNE 20, 2009 10:59AM

Miss You Pops

Yep, this is his mug shot


You'd be happy to know I don't celebrate Father's Day anymore.  I know that it's was one of the most important days for you and now I cannot bring myself to consider taking that time to honor anyone else.

I moved again.  I know, I should settle downRead full post »

MAY 21, 2009 11:00PM

Ride of Silence '09

Thankfully, Eric Anam has reported on this event in a beautiful and thoughtful post. I had to miss it last minute due to the disorganization of my life.  It was a decision I was torn up about - especially when I watched the local news that evening.


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MAY 15, 2009 1:54PM


I hate McDonalds new marketing campaign.  In addition to serving overly sweetened dreck disguised as coffee, they are driving me nutty with the insistance of putting an accute accented "e" on words.


It's almost as bad as the freaking 5 dollar foot long torture of Subway -… Read full post »
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MAY 13, 2009 10:15PM

I bike to work, please don't kill me

It's about a 7.5 mile ride one way.  I ride in designated bike lanes, there is usually a high level of traffic, lots of pot holes, and traffic lights.

I love riding to work.  It's a way for me to clear the cobwebs of sleep out of my brain in the… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2009 11:55PM

My man cannot grocery shop

I'm a good girlfriend when I send my boyfriend grocery shopping.  In addition to lists with brand names, sizes and the aisles of the store things exist in, I've also been known to look up items on the internet and print PICTURES FOR HIM TO SHOP WITH.

I sent him out… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2009 2:46PM

The Making of a Murderer

Years ago, I got a call at work from an old friend.

"Seriously, get online and check out the home town newspaper."

There was a front page spread about a violent murder of a young girl.  She was stalked for weeks by an old boyfriend, who eventually went so… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2009 1:01PM

OS, I have missed thee - a haiku




took some time to think

good things come to those who wait

Doctor Amy,  gone.





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MARCH 14, 2009 11:20PM

I'm no longer Fibrogirl.



I've lost my OS identity.  I'm not sure how to really deal with that, right now.

I do not have fibromyalgia.   I have hypothyroidism.  I've been on replacement hormones (synthroid, armour, and progesterone) for the last two weeks.   It only took 3 days for me to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2009 11:32PM

I'm (still) tired and I'm really sorry OS.




I am really, really, tired.  

Too tired to write.  When it is this bad, I cannot stand my own cellular makeup.  Even my mitochondria hurts.

For those of you who were following, have read, rated, and commented, thank you - but I need a little… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 21, 2009 2:40AM

My doctor is WRONG!

I finally convinced him to run the damn test.   I tested positive, but it seems, NOT POSITIVE ENOUGH for standard treatment.

I know in every fiber of my being that my pain and other symptoms are caused by hormones and the metabolic processes that are out of whack in my… Read full post »

images*Inspired by my last post  and comments from Stellaa and ARury about not having a credit card now that I'm employed (again).*

Over the course of my career, I've been flush with cash and living paycheck to paycheck.  I've paid off bills and I've racked up debt like any… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 10:00AM

Holy %#$%#$, I got a job.

In fact, I was offered TWO jobs this week, which in all honesty made me feel like a greedy bastard.

It is a good job, one with enough compensation to make me feel secure and pay off the bills that  have piled up in short order.   There is enough work… Read full post »


I'm broke.




I have $68 dollars in my checking acct. and $250 in my savings.  I do not have a job at the moment and do not qualify for unemployment.  The only reason I am not homeless is that my domestic partner is currentlyRead full post »

I'm really trying to keep busy.
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JANUARY 28, 2009 2:28PM

I'm so damn sorry you can't see my pain

Evidently, THIS is the face of Fibromyalgia:




These images are taken from the two pharmaceutical websites that market drugs for FM.  To me, this seems to give the impression to the impressionable that FM is a disease for older women, probably Caucasian, mid toRead full post »

In reponse to Mishima666's post "Getting Unread on Open Salon"  what if members of the community were picked to be editors from time to time?

There are already a few members that are posting their favorite picks list in an effort to get some of the unread to be read, so… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2009 2:16PM

Even the experts tell me I'm screwed!

I love Penelope Trunk, author/owner of blog  Brazen Careerist and the community of  for young professionals. She dispenses witty and spot on advice in both, and as her bio states:

Penelope is dedicated to helping people find success at the intersectionRead full post »

JANUARY 26, 2009 11:20AM

Stat Counters? O RLY?




Saw this on a post today.  I've been trying wrap my head around OS culture for a little while and while it really isn't important for me to understand everything...this.....


seems like the extreme. 

I don't know if I could do it.  I've come to a plac… Read full post »

There were many things that I wish I could have done differently after my father was murdered.  There are rules that one should follow before and after things like this happen. Even if you aren't a CCC,  some of these are things that you should discuss with certain individuals.  … Read full post »

There is not a manual to prepare you for the event that someone you know is violently taken from this world.   Even the advice I am about to write isn't going to be applicable in all situations such as this but I feel that someday, someone might be able to use… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2009 8:25AM

And I managed to smile

Seriously,  I think I might watch this a few more times this week just to keep my spirits up.   Cheeky Brits and their commericals...


JANUARY 23, 2009 8:21PM

Chapter 3. The Beginning

How does one become a Child of a Career Criminal (CCC)?

It started for me at a strip club.


I'm not sure it was a strip club, it might have been a bikini bar.  As a CCC, you never really get told the whole and complete truth.   There… Read full post »

The floor tiles were brown and speckled.  I remember because I stared at them for the whole interview, my hands worring my keys, head down.

While the detective went over the time line with my brother and I, I realized that my brother found out about our father's murder by watching… Read full post »