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If you are like me, every illness and injury that you experience comes with a side dish of unwanted flares from your chronic illnesses. That has been my story for as long as I can remember. Until now.Tweet
For the first time in my entire chronic life, I have been able to keep my chronic illnesses from completely freaking out while I am recovering from an infection that is unrelated to fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and abdominal adhesions.
How can this be?
In today’s very short post I am sharing how I am doing it…..
Listen and obey
If I have learned anything about my body and living with multiple chronic illnesses, it is that I have to listen to my body’s demands.
If it wants to sleep, I sleep. To help me sleep comfortably, not just for the moment, but to wake up with less pain I use a foam wedge, neck, full-body, and knee pillow. When using the full body pillow, I use the knee pillow for my ankles. I literally hurt have any part of my legs or feet to touch each other when I sleep, especially when I am running a fever.
When fighting an illness outside of my chronic ones, I throw my regular schedule out the window. I do not force myself to do more than I can handle before I am ready to do it.
Stay ahead of the game
Dehydration only makes the situation worse, so I force myself to drink plenty of water.
The most important thing I do is to not stress out about the time my body needs to heal. Stress is a huge trigger for most of my chronic illnesses. By remaining calm and accepting that my life isn’t going to fall apart in the days my body needs to heal, I prevent further complications from the symptoms that stress triggers.
I may not have gotten ahead on the projects that I had hoped to over the past few days, but I have caught up on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, General Hospital, and Coronation Street. I watch them all on HULU where I never have to worry about setting a DVR and am able to watch my favorite shows without commercials. Click here if you want to try HULU for FREE for two weeks.
With each passing day, I can feel myself getting better and stronger…
In the meantime, how do you keep your chronic illnesses calm while healing from an infection or injury?