Stress is my enemy. I do my best to plan and schedule appointments and outings in a manner that won’t increase my stress/pain level or spark an anxiety attack. However, some times life throws some unexpected curve balls and I have to push through pain, anxiety, and fatigue to deal with them. A month ago we were given notice that our landlord was selling the house. All my past moves had been planned as in we made the choice to move and when we would do it. I have only moved on other time with all of my chronic illnesses in full swing. While tough, I had months to prepare and because I wasn’t working I was able to focus all of my energy on packing. Not only were we not mentally prepared for a move this month, but I didn’t have the time to prepare like I did in the past, Thankfully we found a home within our price range fairly quickly, which is not an easy task in southern California. In the meantime I have been working on this blog, articles for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com, other freelance gigs, reviews for Chronic Illness Bloggers, AND my new podcast Dish’n with The Disabled Diva. Whew…. I have a few other projects that I have had to push to the side, but they can wait. Even with all of that going on I have been able to get a lot of packing done and was excited to move into our new home this weekend.
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A change of plans
Some times even the best of plans fall apart. Early in the week our new property management company informed us that our new house won’t be ready on the date we had planned and that it may take up to two weeks for them to make repairs before we can move in. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, to add insult to injury our current property management company is refusing to budge on our moving date!!! UGH!!! Talk about stress!!! I have had a couple of nasty anxiety attacks this month, but thanks to our wonderful friends, people we think more of as family, who have stepped up and offered to help us it has been easier. One angel has offered to let my family stay with her until our new house is ready. I tear up every time I think about her generosity. So we are moving everything into storage this weekend and will stay with her for a week or two. Then we get to move again!!! While not how I would have planned this move, it is working out.
My support system
I would have had daily anxiety attacks this past month and especially this weekend if it weren’t for my support system. First is my husband who took on a lot of the moving responsibilities that I have handled in the past. This made being able to continue working throughout this process possible. My daughter has been a big help with the packing and we have a bunch of friends who will be helping move our stuff to the storage facility this weekend and out of it once we have the keys to our new home. The angel who invited us to stay with her has made this detour in our moving process possible. She is saving us thousands of dollars by not having to live in a hotel for a couple of weeks. I thank God for her friendship every day! In addition to the people who have been helping, I couldn’t have done it without my current medical treatments. If you have been following my Oska Pulse Journey, you know that I have had some significant improvements in the past two months. Not only that but I have also noticed that my recovery time from flares, whether my conditions or my own stupidity was to blame, has also decreased. Last Sunday I needed a break, so the family and I went to Disneyland to ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout ride. The day after my pain was insanely high. I thought for sure I would be down for days if not weeks. Before allowing myself to freak out with the worry of not being able to finish packing this week, I gave myself a day of rest. I medicated heavier than normal with medical marijuana, slept most of the day and all through the night, and used my Oska Pulse. The following day my spine felt better and the pain in my ribcage lessened to the point that I was able to pack some more. Before treating my conditions and body with Oska Pulse, the pain I experienced on Monday would have left me bedridden for weeks. So you can imagine how surprised I was to be able to resume packing just after spending one day and night in bed. This device is seriously amazing. Between Oska Pulse, CBD, and THC, this move will not only get done, but it will also get done without sentencing me with weeks or months of agonizing pain in bed.
Anyways, I need to wrap this up and get back to packing. Disneyland fans stay tuned, I will be updating and sharing what you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout when riding with a chronic illness or disability in a few weeks.