It’s the end of October in San Diego, CA; well it’s the end of October everywhere else too, so it’s not the date so much as the location that makes the following relevant. It’s 99f degrees outside today!! That is hot, hot, hot for this little corner of the world. It’s not commonplace for homes to have AC here, this unfortunately includes mine. So my pets and I are downstairs as it’s a bit cooler down here. This would be normal for able bodied folks but I spend most of my time upstairs in bed. Sitting the on the couch is very painful for my neck so I try to avoid it but today I had to choose sitting in the heat with heat intolerance and feeling like my head may very well pop, or sit down here, hoping that my neck doesn’t get to the point of agony. As I’m out of my element, coming up with a blog topic today (I blog on Tuesdays and I try to do this without fail so you get a true peek into my life…not just the good days when I feel up to blogging) has been seemingly impossible, my brain is mush.
So if the above whining hasn’t given you cause to click away, let me take it up a notch. I had a massage last Sunday. Sounds great, right? I had researched the pros and cons thoroughly. When I met the massage therapist, who specializes in lymph drainage, I explained that I was actually looking for the opposite as I didn’t want to disturb my bodies delicate balance. I’m going to put my cards on the table here; I have NO idea if this was a good idea or a bad idea. Ideally I would like to get better, not worse, so that was my thought process. Well about half way through my head felt like an overfilled balloon. By the end I was exhausted, like my-eye-muscles-were-no-longer-focusing exhausted, and my head had so much pressure. Oddly, the massage itself wasn’t painful. I know she was very gentle but I was expecting my painful spots to be tender to the touch and they weren’t. So I’m wondering if my adrenal glands were hard at work. I don’t know enough about that process to know if that was what was happening but I can tell you that an hour or so after the massage the pain set in. It set in like a tsunami wave washed over my body. Being the tough cookie that I am, I rode it out and then yesterday I was saying things that didn’t make sense, my brain was as dysfunctional as it’s ever been, so that was scary. Which leads us to today, I’m doing okay, not great, not where I was when I went, but okay. Here’s the thing, I still don’t know if this is a good idea or like GET a bad idea? Is flooding my body with built-up toxins going to be beneficial over time, or will be bad for my health? I have a few weeks to let the dust settle as I’ll be going once a month. And please if you have any experience with ME/CFS and massage I would love to know your experiences, or thoughts.
So now that you’ve waded through my misery, and thank you for that, I’m going to share with you how I’ve entertained myself over the past three years when I need to escape the confines of my home and crafting isn’t an option. Here’s a little list of the shows (no movies included) I’ve watched on Netflix and Amazon in alpha order. I keep this list in Notes on my phone so I can periodically go back and check to see if there are new seasons, the little notes I added for you.
Baby daddy – Netflix – Cutesy and funny. Short episodes so easier to watch.
Bloodline – Netflix – Drama. Longer episodes and intense but I loved this show.
Catastrophe – Amazon – Funny and easy to follow.
Cuckoo – Pretty sure Amazon – funny
Doc Martin – I think Amazon – Amusing and easy to follow.
Flaked – Netflix – Funny but a bit sad. Very Los Angeles, but not the glitzy part, more the addiction part.
The Fosters – Netflix – Love this show! It’s funny, and drama, and suspense. It really has a little bit of everything.
Grace and Frankie – Netflix – Very humorous. Easy to watch.
Girlfriends guide to divorce – Netflix – Very LA, but cute, and funny, and a little drama too.
Heartland – Netflix – Seriously my favorite show. I grew up on a cattle ranch so I think it hits home.
House of cards – Amazon I think – Drama, suspense, great show.
Jane the virgin – Netflix – Cutesy, short, easy to watch.
Longmire – Netflix – Love this show. It’s a series based off a book with a bit of modern day western meets Indian theme and it’s really good, in my opinion.
Madame Secretary – Netflix – A little drama, a little humor and kind of hard to follow at times but it’s a good one.
Mr. Selfridge – Amazon – Fun show, easy to watch.
New girl – Netflix – Cutesy, short, easy to watch.
One Mississippi – Amazon – I have a very dry sense of humor and I love this show, honestly but I don’t know that it’s for everyone.
Peaky blinder – Netflix – great show, dramatic but highly entertaining.
Royal pains – Netflix – They actually mention CFS on this show, wow right? It was good.
Suits – Netflix but now watch as they come on TV. Love this show. I can’t always follow along due to brain foggy stuff but you don’t necessarily need to know each little detail.
The ranch – Netflix – Another cowboyish show but it’s funny, easy to watch and has a great cast and a great script.
When calls the heart – I think Netflix – Cute show, very “hallmark” channel but sweet and easy to watch.
Young and hungry – Netflix – Cutesy, silly, easy to watch.
If you made it this far I truly applaud you! I wish I had something more insightful or humorous or something, anything, to share with you but my brain isn’t up for the task today. Again if you have any ME/CFS-meets-massage experience I’d love to hear about it. Or you have any questions about the above shows, lemme know. 🙂 Thank you for following along, even on the crappiest of days, like today.
Here are a few of my recent paintings as I continue to follow along with the daily prompt from World Watercolor Group on Instagram.