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5 Replies From a Fibromyalgia Warrior to the Dreaded Question

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Sometimes I have very colorful replies to this ever-present conversation starter, “Hey, Angie! How are you?” on the tip of my tongue but I hold them in. So, I thought I’d share a few with my fellow spoonies to get them off my chest:

“How are you?”

1. I’m good. I mean, I feel like I jumped on a trampoline for three hours then did a cannonball onto a bed of rocks with a piccolo constantly playing off-key in my ear, but it’s been a good day.

“How are you?”

2. Pretty good — sort of feel like an overworked voodoo doll that’s been trapped in a heating blanket with the setting on high for the past six hours, but I’m good.

“How are you?”

3. Well, besides the sun being too bright, your voice being too loud, your handshake being too firm, and this sweatshirt being too scratchy, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.

“How are you?”

4. I’m great! 30 minutes ago I thought I was having a heart attack and about an hour ago, I was pretty sure my head was going to explode. Yesterday, it felt like every joint I have was on fire, but right now, I’m great!

“How are you?”

5. What? Oh, I’m good — I just couldn’t hear you over the ringing in my ears. Am I yelling?

More than likely, I’ll just stick with my go-to reply, “I’m fine, you?”

But I would love to hear the replies you sometimes wish you could use!

Getty image by Oatawa.

Originally published: January 12, 2022
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