Surviving Thanksgiving


Woo hoo!!! I survived another Thanksgiving!!!  I know most people feel this way, but chronic pain makes attending or hosting gatherings so much harder.  Thankfully I realized early on that I would be too busy the weeks prior to Thanksgiving to know better than to host this years Thanksgiving dinner.  I was even happier when my friend offered to host and only asked for us to bring a turkey.  This was perfect for me since I am not the Master of Meat in my house.  My husband cooks most of the meat we eat and I love it!! Not only do I not have to slave over the food but I get to enjoy his delicious offerings.  My husband is truly a genius when it comes to grilling and smoking meat.  The only thing I needed to worry about was having the strength to brush my hair and get dressed on Thanksgiving day.

All I can say is thank God I let my body dictate how we would be spending this holiday.  The week prior we had spent three consecutive days at Disneyland with my brother in-law.  The pain that I accrued from that visit was just beginning to lower the day before Thanksgiving.  Getting dressed and pulling my hair into a bun took most of my energy.  A few hours of enjoying the laughter and company of friends took what little strength I had left, but it was totally worth it!!!

I spent Friday in my recliner binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu with my family.  I no longer feel bad about not being able to go shopping on Black Friday.  I haven’t been physically able to go shopping on Black Friday for many many years.  In fact I prefer shopping online.  Today, Saturday, I managed to rally the family to clean up the house and help decorate for Christmas.  Because I put so little out, we had this project done in a few hours.  Our reward was watching two of our favorite Christmas movies.

I may have survived Thanksgiving but I am feeling a bit stressed about the rest of the holiday season.  I woke this morning with a cold.  Although it is just a simple cold with an annoying runny nose and additional aches, if I am not careful it will become something worse.  But now is when all the holiday fuss begins.  There are mid-week Advent services at church not to mention all the gatherings we have been invited to by friends.  To lessen my anxiety I have chosen to take this season one day at a time.  I will do what I can when I can.  I may have to cancel some plans but will wait until each event arrives and see what my body decides. There is one thing I will not cancel, and that is the days that I have planned to meet up with my best friend and her family as they come to California to play at Disneyland.  The only way I will miss is this is if I am unable to lift my head at all.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I am choosing to be thankful for what I have and what I can do rather than focus on what I want and what I can no longer do.

Whether you live in the US and celebrate Thanksgiving or not I hope you had a lovely week!  What are tips for surviving Thanksgiving?

Gentle Hugs,

The Disabled Diva

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

One thought on “Surviving Thanksgiving

  1. Glad you asked for readers’ tips! Love to hear what others answer. I’ve no good suggestions, sorry.

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