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Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

Have you visited Disneyland on a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Day?  If you did, did you make reservations at one of their sit down restaurants?  If yes, did they have the entrée you had planned to order when you arrived?  The reason I ask this is because, my family and I made reservations at one particular restaurant for Thanksgiving and we were shocked to find out that our favorite dish was not available on that day!!!  Continue reading to find out what went wrong and how to avoid our holiday mishap!

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when purchases are made via my links.  The proceeds offset the expense of running this blog and fund the prize pools for my Facebook groups.  I am not affiliated with Disneyland or the Disney company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via the official Disneyland app guests can view menus from every walk-up and sit-down restaurant and food cart.  They can also make reservations up to 60 days in advance.  Reservations can be made through the app, online, or by calling   (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.  Reservations are recommended, especially during peak and holiday seasons.  As you can see in the picture above, we were able to view what the Thanksgiving special entrée and dessert were going to be as well as view the rest of the menu for Café Orleans.  We knew that not everyone in our party would be interested in the Thanksgiving entrée, but felt safe making reservations as there were other dishes that our guests would have been thrilled with. With that said we placed our order……..

So the person who was not looking forward to trying the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was me!! Sorry, but it just sounded disgusting (get used to this word)…..  What I wanted to stuff my face with was their original Monte Cristo.  Here is how placing our order went:

My husband: We need two checks.  One with a regular Monte Cristo and basket of Pommes Frites and the other with one Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, one regular Monte Cristo, and a basket of Pommes Frites.

Waitress: We don’t have the regular Monte Cristo today.

Me: Is it possible to get the gravy on the side?

Waitress: No

Me: That’s disgusting!

My husband: Could they get the cheese Monte Cristo?

Waitress: Yes.

We were off to a bumpy start, but I let it go since it appeared that I would get to eat something that I liked.  By the way, any Monte Cristo from Disneyland is huge and easily feeds 2 people, keep that in mind when ordering.  Thankfully this is something that we already knew and didn’t order more than we did for four people.  Thinking that the worst of our dining experience was over, we waited patiently for our food to arrive.

Well hello basket of Pommes Frites (garlic, parmesan fries)!!!

OOPS, where’s our second basket??!!!

We requested that both baskets be served prior to our entrees, but our waitress only noted our request on one of the tickets…. so we waited and waited and waited for the second to arrive.

By the way, the fries are delicious and come with a special sauce that has a little kick to it.  Personally I am not a fan of the sauce, so I request a side of ranch.

Whew, we all have our fries! Now we can relax, dig into our baskets, and enjoy the rest of our meal when it arrives.

 

So, what should arrive? A mess!!!! Not one dish was correct!! Even the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo that was ordered was delivered to our table with gravy on the sandwich and on the side!! Then instead of receiving two cheese Monte Cristos, our table was graced with the presence of two more Thanksgiving Monte Cristos with gravy on the side. DISGUSTING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point there was a shift change and our new waitress was stuck with the mess our original one created.  She apologized for the misunderstanding, but couldn’t fix it because the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was the only one being served that day.  My heart went out to this girl, first for having to work on Thanksgiving, the second to deal with the mess another cast member created.  We had a good laugh and she charged us the lower price of the entrée we had actually ordered. My daughter and brother in-law ended up liking the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, but I thought it was…. wait for it…. disgusting… LOL….

I did mention to her and the manager that it would be nice if they app and website could inform guests not just of what the holiday dishes are, but what won’t be available on the holiday.  Had we known this, we would have made our reservations somewhere other than Café Orleans.  Because of this fiasco, we changed our Christmas Day reservations to Carnation Café, where there are plenty of entrees for us to choose from should we not decide to order the Christmas special.

My favorite part of the meal was dessert! Santa’s Lumps of Coal Beignets were amazing!!!  You are lucky I snapped this picture before they were gone! The dish came with four beignets and peppermint ice cream.

Do you have any Disneyland holiday dining disasters to share?  We’d love to hear about them!! In all of our years of dining in the park, this truly was the worst dining experience we have ever experienced.  And this was NOT our first Thanksgiving in the parks, in fact it was our fourth.  I get it, mistakes happen, but all of this could have been avoided had the app and/or website noted that the other Monte Cristo versions would not be available on that day.  Having a waitress who understood this would have helped too, but…………   Anyways, what is your favorite meal from Café Orleans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Six Ways to Dominate Christmas With a Chronic Illness

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For many years I dreaded Christmas.  It wasn’t  that I hated the holiday, but that I loathed how physically draining keeping up with traditions and extra commitments were.  Thankfully I was able to rekindle my love for Christmas a few years ago by making some changes.  Fall back in love with the season and dominate your holiday by following these tips!

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

1. Make New Memories

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Are you wearing yourself out trying to recreate past Christmas memories?  Do you exhaust yourself trying to decorate, bake, and entertain like you did in the past?  That’s exactly what I did before accepting that my chronic illnesses had changed my life.  It was unfair to expect myself to be able to keep up with the pace that I had in the past.  To reclaim the holiday I zeroed in on which traditions were the most important for me to keep. Later I incorporated new activities that better fit into my chronic life.  Letting go of Christmas past isn’t a form of giving up.  Instead it is a sign that you have accepted that life has changed and so have you.  Embrace your memories and never give up on creating new ones!

2. Limit Commitments

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of invitations you are receiving for holiday parties or activities?  The key to dominating the Christmas season is to limit your commitments.  I know you want to do everything and attend every gathering, but you need to be realistic.  If your chronic illness hasn’t allowed you to take part in one or more events per month, you are deluding yourself if you think you will be able to do more than that during the holidays.  The first reason is that if your illness isn’t fond of colder weather you will be feeling worse than you did during the summer months.  Secondly, the Christmas season involves more than gathering with friends and family.  There’s shopping, baking, and decorating that also needs to be done.  Keep your illness and limitations in mind when accepting invitations.  Give yourself time to rest beforehand and afterwards.  Do what you can and enjoy the heck out of every moment!

3. Watch What You Eat and Drink

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Think twice before indulging in holiday foods or beverages.  Your favorite treats could steal your  joy faster than the Grinch stole Christmas from the Whoville! Most holiday menus include sugary and fatty foods.  I won’t tell you to replace your favorite pie with a bowl of salad, but instead I suggest that you limit how much you eat.  Alcohol is often a trigger for many chronic illnesses, so be careful to not to get caught up in the spirit of the season.  If you find yourself giving into temptation, try only allowing yourself a few bites or sips. While not all flares are avoidable, there is no reason to suffer from one triggered by food unless you are willing to pay the price.

4. Shop Online

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Why waste precious energy by standing in long lines or driving all over town when you could order your gifts online?  Give yourself the gift of more stamina by paying a few extra dollars to have your presents wrapped and/or shipped directly to the recipient.  Wouldn’t you rather use the time and energy spent wrapping presents, or going to stores and the post office celebrating with friends and family?

5. Less Is More

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My family used to compare me to Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  There wasn’t one inch of my home, inside or out, that wasn’t decorated.  While I am no longer a contender for winning most decorated home anymore, I do have more time and energy to do other things that I want.  If decking the halls like you used to do is inflicting unnecessary pain, it’s time to cut back.  Limit how much you put up by choosing your favorite decorations and don’t forget, what goes up must come down!

6. Take Care Of Yourself

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It is not uncommon to spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to make the holidays special for our friends and family that we forget to care for ourselves.  Listen to your body and take time to rest when your body demands it, pace yourself, eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy the simple things.  You’ll surely spend Christmas day in bed if you forget to take care of yourself.

This year’s Christmas may not be like last years or the year before, but that won’t make it any less festive or special.  Embrace what you can do and let go of what you can’t.

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I feel like dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like dancing!!!

I never thought I would want to dance. To be honest I am a terrible dancer.  In fact I rarely danced at parties, weddings, etc. because I worried about how foolish I would appear.  When my chronic illnesses first stole my ability to hit the dance floor, I didn’t really think much about what I had lost…. Then last year a burning desire to move my feet ignited……..

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Long before being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, my feet began to hurt.  At first I thought it was from the shoes I was wearing.  Little by little I rid my closet of high heels.  By 1999 I found myself able to wear nothing but wide slip on types of shoes, sneakers (but only for a few hours as my feet would swell and feel strangled by the laces), and flip flops.  Living in flip flops wasn’t a problem when I lived in Arizona, but it was a problem when I lived in colder climates and when I traveled.  By 2005, I could only wear crocs, flip flops, and wide boots without heels.  As time went by the amount of time that I was able to spend on my feet dwindled. By 2012 I couldn’t stand or walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

A toe tapping surprise!

I didn’t notice a difference in the pain that was felt deep in the bones of my feet until my fifth year of treating my chronic pain with natural and alternative treatments.  I will never forget the day that I realized the pain was gone.  I returned home from grocery shopping.  But instead of making a beeline for the recliner while I waited for my husband and daughter to unload the car and put the groceries away, I did it. It wasn’t until my daughter asked why I hadn’t called her out of her room to help that I realized what I had done.  I wasn’t tired, I didn’t need to rest, and to my delight, my feet didn’t hurt!!!!  At first I thought this was just a fluke, that it couldn’t be real, or that it wouldn’t last.  But guess what it did!!!

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Wondering what happened? I did too! Because I also treat my illnesses in the same manner I combat chronic pain, it was pretty easy to figure out which item to credit.  Eight months prior to feeling footloose and fancy free, I added PEMF therapy to my pain management plan.  But at that time I was only using it a few times a week.  Then four months later and four months before noticing the pain was gone, I began using my PEMF device all day, every day! Even though I hadn’t been specifically treating my feet, the device was close enough to treat them without my realizing it.  It was also at this time that the non-stop pain that I had been experiencing in my lower back from degenerative disc disease had disappeared.

Continued therapy

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is still part of my daily treatments.  I have been using it now for two years and the relief it provides still blows my mind. After a day at Disneyland, my feet are beat.  They ache like the average person’s would, but the even more because of my chronic illnesses.  While in the park I treat my lower back and abdomen with my device, but I move it to my ankles (if I am driving home) or place it directly on both feet (if someone else is driving).  When I reach my home, 45 minutes later, my feet no longer hurt and I am able to go to bed without pain.  Somedays my feet require a few extra treatments, but even when they hurt, I am able to walk without the pain I used to experience in the past. A few months ago I added another thing to my daily treatment plan.  Each night before bed and first thing in the morning I apply a topical CBD oil to my feet.  I rub it into the arch, heel, ball, and around ankles.  I truly never thought I would know what it was like to walk again without feeling like I was dragging my bones across the cement. And to think that I can now walk 4-12 miles a day and without worrying about whether or not I will be able to walk tomorrow.

The drug free pain relief device on my back keeps me moving!

The gift of relief

Last year I danced for the first time since becoming chronically ill.  My husband and I were attending a Christmas party and the host was hoping to get some people out on the dance floor.  Being that I only see these people once a year, I let go of my inhibitions and let loose on the dance floor.  I have no rhythm, I can’t keep a beat, but I made sure to enjoy every move knowing that my feet would be okay!  A few months later I had a blast dancing with friends at my God-daughter’s wedding and I am looking forward to more opportunities to show off my horrendous dance moves.  If you are a glutton for punishment, you can check out my terrible dancing via the link I provided in my post How traveling with a chronic illness went from good to bad to what the heck just happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good pain management plan shouldn’t just mask pain, it should decrease it, relieve it, and make living with your diseases better.  If your plan isn’t doing that you probably should look into making some changes.  You are welcome to take a peek at mine.  Click here to read about my pain management plan. And I also invite you to learn more about PEMF therapy.  Click here to discover all the different ways it has helped to improve my chronic symptoms and pain along with some tips on how to get the best results.  But don’t take my word, click here to read third party reports and click here to visit Oska WellnessAnd as always, if you should decide to give PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse a try, my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00.

 

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Trudging Thru Bronchitis with Natural and Alternative Remedies

Trudging Thru Bronchitis

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It’s that wonderful time of year! Festive lights, holiday parties, places to go, and people to see…. oh yes let us not forget about germs galore!  A few weeks ago we had a shift in weather here in southern California. We went from enjoying highs in the 70’s and 80’s to chilling in the 60’s.  It appears that winter has decided to come early and knock my area into the 50’s for daytime highs.  While I am looking forward to wearing my new winter jacket as much as possible this year and sitting by the fire, I don’t like how my body has chosen to react to these shifts.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I came down with bronchitis.  In the past I would treat it with over the counter cough medications or prescription cough syrups if the pain became too intense.  I stopped using both several years ago for a couple of reasons.  The first being that they all are artificially colored and flavored.  With my daughter being allergic to red dye and I being sensitive to dyes, we had to find alternatives.  Another reason I refuse to treat my cough with OTC or prescription syrups is that they mess with my stomach and head. I would rather not have to add diarrhea to my list of problems.  It’s been a few years since I have had bronchitis and the last time I was prescribed a syrup with codeine.  I experienced the worst night terrors and hallucinations that were so terrifying that no amount of bribery could ever get me to take that poison again.  Minus a cough syrup, my doctor says there is nothing else he can do….. But there is plenty that I can and do to treat it naturally and alternatively.

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I use local organic honey as a cough suppressant.  It helps coat my throat and doesn’t upset my stomach.  I am currently using a wildflower honey that tastes and smells amazing! I get mine from Hallelujah Honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. I make no claims that any of the remedies mentioned will cure or heal you of any disease or illness. I am only sharing how these help me and my family. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways in my Fitness Buddy and Disneyability groups on Facebook.

CBD Oil

To battle the pain I experience from coughing, I rub my favorite CBD topical oil from Bio CBD+ all over my chest and ribcage.  This helps keep my muscles from reacting to the pain I experience in my ribcage. The scent is light and not off-putting like many other brands.

 

PEMF

The most important part of my bronchitis battle plan is the use of PEMF therapy.  If you are not familiar with PEMF therapy, it is the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields.  While there are many different types of devices available, click here to see some of them, my favorite is Oska Pulse.  I like it for several reasons.  The first being that it actually works!!  And by works, I mean it does a better job of loosening the crud in my chest, making it move, and relieving pain in my ribcage than any prescription medication I have ever been prescribed.  The best part is there are NO side effects!! It doesn’t upset my stomach, nor does it cause nightmares or hallucinations. Another perk? it is portable!! There are no cords to plug into the wall to use, just charge the battery and go! I can go about whatever activities I want while treating my aches and pains whenever I want.

With this trio I have yet to spend a day in bed unable to do anything.  I began coming down with this latest bout while at Disneyland on Thanksgiving day. With all the walking I was doing I didn’t want to stop the treatment on my lower back, so I waited to treat my chest until Saturday.  When I woke up that morning, it hurt to breathe.  After two treatments, the crud began to move and I could breathe without pain.  I have been taking it easy since the weekend.  For me taking it easy is allowing for naps when my body demands them, running PEMF treatments on my chest and ribcage all day long, and sitting at my desk working in my home office.  My daughter has also come down with the crud.  As you can see in the picture, she too is using her Oska Pulse to keep the crud in her chest from settling in.  One thing she and I have both noticed since we began using PEMF therapy (two years for me, eight months of daily use for her), is that the length and severity of the colds and crud we catch is far less than anything we have experienced in the past.  While that is fantastic, we just like that our trio of remedies don’t come with a side of harmful chemicals. Full disclosure: My daughter and I are taking one medication, our allergy pills to dry us up.  But that is it and it is the only medication we ever take and we only take as needed, not daily.

What are some of your favorite natural or alternative cough remedies?

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Read how Oska Pulse has improved my chronic life

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How to Keep Bedrest From Ruining Your Life

How to Keep Bedrest From Ruining Your Life

 

If you have a chronic illness, it is safe to presume that you have had your share of bedrest. Having your doctor prescribe bedrest can feel like the end of the world, even for those who experience it often if you don’t plan for it or adjust your attitude. I am currently on doctor ordered bedrest due to severely sprained and torn abdominal/back muscles. The following five tips are why my world is not ending, how I will get by without losing my mind, and what you should keep in mind the next time you are ordered to stay in bed by your doctor or chronic illness.

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I was put on bedrest in Sept. 2017 after ripping an abdominal muscle. My drug-free pain-relief device decreased the time I needed to remain in bed. Click here to check it out and if you choose to try it yourself, don’t forget that my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways in my Fitness Buddy and Disneyability groups on Facebook.

Tip Number 1: Be prepared

Even you if never injure yourself, your chronic illness will demand that you spend extended periods of time in bed.  Neither can be predicted, so the best thing you can do is prepare ahead of time.  I view bedrest as a natural disaster and the extent of the fallout depends on how well I prepared for it.  Ways to prepare for your downtime is to have at least a week worth of meals in the freezer that can be easily prepared.  Stock up on gift cards from your favorite restaurants and fast food places or tuck away a slush fund to order takeout.  Prepare financially by building a savings account that will cover your expenses during your downtime should you not be able to work while on bed rest.  Stock your medicine cabinet with items that bring you comfort, such as heating pads, icepacks, essential oils, etc.

Tip Number 2: Take charge

This may sound silly as the thought of being stuck in bed is anything but one of authority.  However, you are still in control of your life and household no matter what has landed you in bed.  Delegate the tasks or chores that you normally handle to other family members.  If bedrest is something that becomes a reoccurring event for you, plan ahead by having set assignments for every family member so there won’t be any surprises.  If you live alone, consider asking friends or family to pitch in or if you have the means hire a housekeeper.

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Tip Number 3: Do what you can from bed, but get real!

I had to make changes to my life so that my world wouldn’t fall apart each time my chronic illnesses, surgeries, or injuries.  Ninety percent of what I commit to or take on workwise can be done from my bed.  For my other commitments and for those of you who aren’t able to perform your job from bed it’s time to get real. Give yourself the time your body needs to heal.  The moment you know that you are going to be down and have an approximate idea for how long, start making different arrangements.  Cancel, reschedule, or find someone else to take your place.  Don’t lose the respect of a client/charity/group by cancelling last minute if you don’t have to, give them ample time to replace you.

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Tip Number 4: Indulge a little.

As I shared in my vlog “Why you should treat yourself” , it’s okay to indulge and reward yourself sometimes! I no longer view bedrest as a prison sentence. Bedrest is prescribed because that is what our bodies need at that time. To make my time down in Sept. 2017 a little more enjoyable, I purchased new pajama bottoms and leggings. You may want to purchase a new pillow or bedding, lotion, sleep mask, basically anything that will make you more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip Number 5: Allow yourself to have fun!

That’s right, have fun!!! Play board games, online games like Words with Friends, marathon through TV series that you haven’t had time to watch before on Netflix or Hulu, crochet or knit, color or draw, the ideas are endless…. Another way to use this time is to catch up with friends and family with phone calls or Skype.  Our attitude plays a huge role in our recovery, will you let yours make your recovery time miserable or will you find ways to enjoy this moment in your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip Number 6: Don’t isolate yourself

There were times when I viewed my bedrest time as doing a prison stint…. I had an unhealthy attitude of feeling like I didn’t deserve to be happy if I couldn’t function like I did before.  I get that you won’t look your best and you probably don’t want everyone you know to see you in your pajamas, but don’t close out those closest to you.  Also don’t wait for others to invite themselves over.  Most people assume we don’t want visitors, so do yourself a favor and ask a friend over for a pizza party or to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Same goes for your family.  To solve my problem of feeling disconnected from my family, we would all watch TV, play games, or do what we would normally do together in other areas of the house in my room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip Number 7: Make your room a place you want spend time in

Make your bedroom a place that won’t drive you mad if you have to stay in it for a prolonged period of time.  Don’t skimp on the quality of you bedding, make sure it provides comfort no matter how you feel.  Keep your room clean.  If you are like me, your master bedroom isn’t the room you focus your cleaning or decorating energy on.  Let’s face, other than us, who really sees it?  Having a room that is organized, comfortable, and welcoming will make you less anxious when someone does stop by.  It also makes it easier for others to keep up with when you aren’t able to clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip Number 8: Have an alternative option for the person who needs to sleep

One of the downsides of being on bedrest is that our days and nights often get turned around.  While not really a problem for those of us stuck in bed, it is for the person who needs to go to work the next morning.  Whether it be a sleeper sofa, rollaway bed, guest room, or the sofa itself, have a plan for either you or your spouse to sleep somewhere else when they really need a good night’s sleep.  This also helps when recovering from surgery.  I sleep better knowing that my husband can’t accidently bump into me and trigger pain from my incisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering what that glowing blue device is in the picture at the top of this post?  It is my portable PEMF therapy device Oska Pulse.  It is keeping my chronic pain from my other conditions down while reducing the amount of swelling I am experiencing from my sprained/torn muscles.  Learn more by reading My Oska Pulse Journey and visit my friends at Oska Wellness.  Looking for drug-free pain relief? Save $55 by using promo code DIVA.

 

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Ten Signs That You Need a New Pain Management Plan

Ten Signs That You Need a New Pain Management Plan

Is your pain management plan working?

Here are 10 signs that it is NOT!

1. I often or always have to cancel plans

How many dates/appointments/commitments have you had to cancel in the past month?  How about past week? If you are canceling due to pain from your chronic illnesses more than once or twice a month, you need to make some changes.  It could be the products you are using to combat pain with or your own behavior that needs to change.  Are you respecting your body and modifying how you live? Do you pace your activity or are you running yourself into the ground?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I dread waking up in the morning

Do you wake up with  a pain level that is equal or worse than what you went to bed with? That was my life when I was treating my chronic pain with prescription medications.  Opioids may have masked my pain enough to allow me to fall asleep or they would knock me out, but they didn’t improve my life.  Each morning I would wake up in more pain than I went to bed with and almost always woke to a headache.  An effective pain management plan shouldn’t have you dreading mornings, it should make you look forward to the next day.  I began enjoying mornings the day after I began medicating with cannabis.  As time passed, mornings became the best part of my day.  Since adding PEMF therapy, I look forward to waking up and going on adventures every day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I am afraid to go to sleep

Do you fear going to bed? I did! Why? 1. Pain rarely allowed me to sleep more than a few hours at a time. 2. Unless I drugged myself to the point of passing out, pain would keep me awake.  3. I knew that my pain level would only increase throughout the night.  My painsomnia became so bad that I was rarely sleeping more than 2-4 hours at a time. I tried doing everything possible to distract my mind and would be up doing crossword puzzles or playing Words with Friends.  Since switching to a natural and alternative approach to pain relief, I no longer fear going to bed.  In fact I look forward to it.  Why? Because my pain management plan doesn’t just mask pain.  It actually addresses my pain sources.  Instead of hiding my pain for a few hours, it promotes healing.  I reach restorative levels of sleep and wake up ready to take on the day!

*Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways in my Fitness Buddy and Disneyability groups on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. I had to give up my favorite hobbies

If the reasons you have for not being able to continue with your favorite hobby are chronic pain and fatigue, you need a new pain management plan.  Combined with self care practices of pacing, acknowledging your body’s boundaries, and asking for assistance, a good pain management plan should allow you to do what you want.  During the first 5 years of treating my conditions naturally and alternatively, I was able to resume my favorite past times, just not in the way that I had done them before. Then approximately a year and a half after adding PEMF therapy to my plan, I was able to start partaking in those activities more like I did before my chronic illnesses hijacked my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I spend my days and nights home alone

If chronic pain is preventing you from leaving the house, it is time to make a change.  However, before you make a change, make sure that you are doing everything possible to get out.  For example, are you willing to accept assistance from a friend or family member? Are you okay with using a mobility aid? Are your expectations of a day out with your illness/disability realistic?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Every time I turn around, I am being prescribed something new to combat side effects from my pain management plan.

How many prescriptions are you taking in hopes of relieving pain from your chronic illness?  I was given one prescription when I was first diagnosed, then within months a second, then a year later another, and so on and so on until I reached the point of being prescribed ten prescriptions.  Sadly not one of them addressed my illnesses or pain, instead they occasionally masked my pain. My pain progressed quickly and new symptoms were popping up all the time.  But these symptoms were NOT from my illnesses, even though everyone including my doctors blamed them on my diseases.  The new symptoms were actually side-effects from the medications that were supposed to be helping me.  Funny how I never had urinary tract infections before taking opioids, to getting them several times a year after.  Then NOT having another since quitting opioids six years ago. Don’t blindly accept that every new symptom is part of your illness, question everything!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  I get anxious when I think about leaving the house

Before treating my chronic pain naturally and alternatively, I developed an unhealthy fear of leaving the house.  I feared the pain I would experience just to get ready.  The fear of how much pain I would endure while out paralyzed me. The fear of how long it would take to return to the pain level that I could at least exist at kept me home.  Does this sound familiar?  A good pain management plan, along with healthy self care practices, will allow you to get out without fear.  This fear carried over after I switched my pain management plan, but after seeing and most importantly feeling how much my recovery time decreased, I learned to work with my body and became less fearful.  Now? I am fearless.  I don’t do what I can’t handle, I listen to my body, and most importantly I have a pain management plan that allows my body to heal from any pain accrued throughout my day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. I am always angry

How’s your attitude? During my pharma years, I was angry, bitter, and to be brutally honest I was not someone I would want to be around today.  At the time I blamed my chronic pain, but that wasn’t the only reason.  Pharmaceutical pain medications made me aggressive, short tempered, edgy, and depressed.  Since ditching pharma, I am happy, fun, excited for life, patient, and have a zest for life that I never thought was possible to have with multiple chronic illnesses.  If you are struggling with depression, take a look at your medication and talk to your doctor asap!

9.   I just want to enjoy a day doing what I want and not have to spend weeks or months recovering from it.

If your body is requiring weeks or months to recover from an outing or activity, you may need to alter your pain management plan.  You may also need to make adjustments to how you go about what you are doing.  Your body is different and you need to accept it.  Working with it and making modifications is the best thing you will ever do for your life and body.

 

10. I want to die

If you think that dying would be better than living and are considering suicide, seek help NOW!! Contact the Suicide Prevention Life line at  1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org .  A poor pain management and lack of a healthy self care plan will only intensify this feeling.  Don’t give up! Even if you can’t see it now, your life is worth living and there is hope for pain relief.  The process of figuring out the changes that need to take place isn’t easy and often requires getting over our own egos, but it is so worth it!!! Imagine if I had committed suicide like I had planned in 2012?  Look through my Instagram and Facebook feeds and see everything I would have missed.  Who knew I would be able to do what I can today? I sure didn’t?  But I am glad that I decided to hang around.  With a strong determination to improve how I lived and treated chronic pain I have learned to love life, even the bad days.

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If you answered yes to any number of these signs that your pain management plan isn’t working, then it is time to make a change!!!

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The Chronic Holiday To-Do List


The Chronic Holiday To-Do List: No Other List Matters!

The holiday season is all about lists.  Grocery lists, menus, gift lists, card lists etc…. We are constantly making lists to make sure that we don’t forget something or someone.  However, there is one list that is far more important than those I mentioned, in fact it is even more important than who is on Santa’s naughty or nice list!! Do you know what that is?  It is the Chronic Holiday To-Do List!!

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1. Pace and Plan

Plan ahead and expect to need time to recover from outings.  The weather is cooler, which for many equates to increased pain.  If this time of the year is tougher on your body than others, don’t plan your activities based on how you felt earlier in the year.  Plan enough time to finish your tasks.  Designate a larger than normal block of time so that you won’t be tempted to skip any rest periods your body may demand.

2. Watch what you eat

Avoid foods and beverages that you know are inflammation or pain triggers.  I suggest eating healthier than you normally do, because in addition to being busier than normal, you will also need to be strong enough to fight off germs.  Flu season doesn’t make an exception for the holidays! Your best defense is to strengthen your immune system.

3. Exercise

You don’t have to be in the gym for several hours a day or need to run for miles, but you do need to exercise.  Find a form of exercise that fits your schedule and pain level.  It may be something as simple as doing daily stretches, yoga, Pilates, or a walk up and down your street.  Just make sure to move your body every day!

4. Listen to your body

Don’t ignore your body’s needs, then get upset when it fails to meet your demands.  The holidays are not a time to test your limits or to push too far.  Rest when needed, even if you don’t want to. Sometimes our bodies just need a 20-30 minute rest before it can continue on.  Better to take that time to rest and be able to accomplish something later, then to push through, allow your pain to spiral out of control, and accomplish nothing.  On the flipside, if you find yourself with the stamina to get something done, DO IT!

5. Sleep

Not only is taking naps when needed necessary, but so is getting a good night’s sleep.  Plan time to relax before bedtime.  Do what you need to relax.  CBD capsules from BioCBD+ are perfect for helping me get to sleep.  I am ready to drift off into dreamland within an hour of taking one.  Take a bath, turn off the TV, listen to calm music, meditate/pray, just make sure to give yourself time to shake off the stress of the day.  Try sticking to a sleep schedule as well.  Aim to go to bed and to wake up around the same time every day.

6. Be proactive about relieving pain

The holiday season is not the time to prove how strong you are or how much pain you can endure! As I share in my eBook, Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, you aren’t winning when you let your pain reach high levels before taking action.  Winners take precautions to prevent pain, like use a mobility aid or tool to make what they are doing less taxing on their body.  Winners also address pain the moment it presents itself and don’t push themselves to the point of passing out from pain.  My pain management plan addresses the source of pain caused by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, adhesions, and degenerative disc disease.  Click here to check it out.

7. Delegate

Put your spouse and kids to work! There is no reason for all of the holiday planning to fall on you! Especially if those plans involve traditions that they want to keep doing.  Teach them what need to be done and let them go for it!  Have them help out with house and yardwork.  The key to getting your family to help is to not be overly critical if they don’t do things exactly like you do.

8. Under commit

You know your body. You know what it is capable of. Don’t make plans based off of what you WANT to do, plan them based on what you CAN do.  There were years when I knew that the only thing I could really commit to was going to church on Christmas Eve.  By only committing to what I felt my body could handle at that time, I didn’t have to cancel plans or let anyone down.  Never plan more than what your body can handle.  The best part is when your body surprises you with the strength and energy to do more than you planned.

9. Multitask

In addition to rallying your family to help with your holiday tasks, ask your friends to help out!  Time is precious when you live with a chronic illness, so use it wisely! Instead of trying to make time to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee and then go home to wrap presents, ask them to come over for a coffee/present wrapping date! Have a group of friends over to help you decorate your tree or house.  Invite a friend to go shopping with you.  In one outing you will have finished your shopping, caught up with your friend, and even gotten in a little exercise!

10. Get real and over yourself! You are NOT Super Woman!!!

Stop trying to make the holidays perfect! Accept what you can do, do it, and rejoice in the fact that you could do it!! Don’t focus on what you couldn’t do or obsess on what others are doing.  The best gift you could give to you and your family this holiday season is to not end up in so much pain that you have to start the new year in the hospital or stuck in bed.  Life is simple, so stop trying to complicate it.

Dominate the holiday season and the rest of your chronic life by purchasing and downloading Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life today!

 

 

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