Welcome to my first participation in a link-up party!
Every month, Sheryl from A Chronic Voice hosts a blog linkup party with great prompts for chronic illness bloggers to share.
This month’s prompts are traveling, bonding, warming, coping, and ending.
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Traveling to the end of the year
I prefer to stay close to home during the holiday season. After years of trying and failing at forcing my body into keeping up with an impossible schedule, I started listening to it. Now I visit family off season. Visiting family during months where no major holiday takes place is much easier on my body and more enjoyable for everyone.
One of the perks of living where most people travel to is not having to travel to enjoy everything that southern California has to offer.
I hit the ground running in June after my ribs had finally healed. There was no slowing down as I was on a mission to make up for the months spent in bed waiting for all the breaks to mend. With my current costochondritis flare-up, I have been enjoying this time with my husband. .
Between my bad knees and the costochondritis flare around the lower half of my rib cage, walking at Disneyland or for long periods of time is currently not an option. With old man winter paying a visit on Thanksgiving day, I had to make sure that I would be warm while being pushed in a wheelchair for our traditional dinner at Disneyland. Hence, my new plaid onesie!! Best money spent all year!! So comfortable and warm, especially with long underwear underneath and my fuzzy vest over it. The only bummer about that day was not being able to bring my new Santa Mickey backpack. It was a perfect match for what I was wearing, but I just couldn’t risk ruining it in the rain.
Coping until the end of the year
With more rain in the forecast, I have been challenged to find new ways to cope with it. But I still want to enjoy my favorite pastimes, like visiting Disneyland. Part of how I am coping with it is finding ways to stay warm and dry while outdoors. My rain-cover did the trick on Thanksgiving day!
As 2019 comes to an end, I am reminded of how important it is to follow my body’s lead. To remember to make adjustments as needed. This was the year of feast and famine. I was either stuck in bed or running around like Speedy Gonzales. My goal for 2020 is to find a better balance in hopes of limiting injuries and time down.