The Opioid Crisis? A Lie. Suicide Due to a Lack of Pain Management? Very Real.

All of the following information is available on many sites on the internet. The National Health Association, the World Wide Health Organization, the CDC, and etc. You should just google suicide rates. I knew as medication was withheld, my people would choose not to live. It is happening! We are losing our chronically ill brothers... Continue Reading →

The Search for an RV.

Ok, we are living in some pretty good digs right now. There is a fireplace! There is a lake and a grill and a fire pit. I'm certainly not complaining. All I want to make clear is that I am ready to have my own home again. Whatever I define as my home. That would be... Continue Reading →

My Top 20 Cheaters!

Do you ever just get fed up? Get tired of being the 'patient?' Everyone looks at you as the 'sick' one, mentally and/or physically... depending on how cruel they want to be. Do you get tired of seeing one more specialist, reading one more study, purchasing one more book about your disease... Do you ever... Continue Reading →

After I Tripped; A New Physical Therapist (Friday Series #10)

(Disclaimer: The STS machine is no longer available for treatment in the USA. The machine is no longer made. I do not know why. I purchased my own STS machine in 2001, and I still use it to this day.) I started going to physical therapy to work with a man named Dave Solheim. He... Continue Reading →

After I Tripped; The Diagnosis (Friday Series #9)

Returning to my parent's home in 2001 in Minnesota was comforting, yet disconcerting, and a bit embarrassing at my age. (I was 33 years old, almost 34!) I was moved into the 'office' and slept on a pullout couch. I don't think I did anything the first week but cry and sleep. My Mom brought... Continue Reading →

The 8th Stage of Fibromyalgia

The first six stages of fibromyalgia were explained by a woman named A. Wise. The seventh stage of fibromyalgia was introduced by me, Kim Johnson. I am following this up with what I believe to be the eighth and final stage of fibromyalgia. (The first six stages, *A. Wise.) You notice something is wrong. You... Continue Reading →

Is Remission Possible?

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. We were talking about the Seven Stages of Fibromyalgia. She believed there should be an eighth stage called "remission." Her reasoning was when we feel 'normal' we are in remission. When we relapse, the pain that returns puts us back into the sixth stage... Continue Reading →

Here are Your Chronic Pain Disease and Palliative Care Forms!

Do you suffer from a chronic pain disease? Is there no cure? Then you should fill out the Chronic Pain Disease and Palliative Care Certification Form.  A while back I wrote about a trip I had taken to the Emergency Room. I was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to the hospital to receive IV antibiotics. I... Continue Reading →

Engage.

I made soup! I made soup. Cabbage roll soup. It is delicious and freezes up in smaller portions very well ... the point is, I am trying to re-engage in life. Healing from pneumonia that I have takes weeks, sometimes months. This virus has caused my fibromyalgia to flare with a vengeance. The fatigue itself is overwhelming.... Continue Reading →

The Pineapple Persuasion

I've decided I like pineapples. No, I really do! I like the way they taste. Sweet. (Get your mind out of the gutter perves.) I like the way they look, prickly on the outside, with a crown on top! I love the colors; yellows, oranges, and greens... I buy pineapples, I eat pineapples, I decorate... Continue Reading →

Seven Symptoms of Low Ferritin

Iron Deficient, Anemic Lady with Fibromyalgia! (Whoa...What?) It's good to be back! I have some amazing news! The riddle of my mysterious, continuous fibro flare has been solved!!! The not so good news (for me) is this is a chronic issue I will need constant medical intervention for. You may, too? Hemoglobin and iron are proteins in the body. Hemoglobin... Continue Reading →

Trust Me, Eat the Monkey.

I had a friend tell me that she used to trust anyone that could write a prescription. So did I. Trust. That is a big word. Those five little letters in a row can be life-altering. Do you trust me? Do I trust you? Trust is a knife wrapped with a bow. A gift that can... Continue Reading →

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