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How and why I am continuing to use straws despite California’s straw law.

Why I continue to use straws despite CALIFORNIA'S straw law

There are so many little things that either improve or make living as normally as possible despite having a chronic illness.

With California’s recent straw law, I’ve discovered how important plastic straws are to my own chronic life.

This post is not an environmental or political debate. Instead its purpose is to showcase why some people need plastic straws and to share some options for those who live in or plan to visit California.

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap April 1-5, 2019

the disabled diva blog recap april 1 vacation, cannabis review, arnica salve, pain relief, mobility aids, choosing the right one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap April 1-5, 2019

  1. White Widow Marijuana Strain Review: Cannabis posts are now password protected.  Click here to learn how to access them.  
  2. How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness
  3. Arnica Salve Review
  4. Choosing a Mobility Aid That Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle  
  5. Looking for new slippers? Click here for a selection that is fun and comfy!

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How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness

How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does the thought of taking a summer vacation get you excited or does it send chills down your spine?  I loved traveling before I became chronically ill.  In addition to yearly Disneyland vacations, I loved exploring new areas in other states or within the ones that I lived in.  Weekend road trips without a destination were my favorites.

Soon after chronic pain became a part of my daily life I began to loathe traveling. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go exploring, instead it became too painful. Not only did my excursions increase my pain while away, it would take weeks and sometimes months to recover from them once I returned home. Not wanting to spend most of my time recovering I opted to stop traveling.

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Choosing a Mobility Aid That Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle

choosing a mobility aid that fits your needs and lifestyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing a Mobility Aid That Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle

Getting used to the idea that a mobility aid will enhance your life isn’t always an easy one.  Click here to find out why you should never feel embarrassed or ashamed about using one.  Whether this step takes place before or after you begin using one, you still need to figure out which mobility aid is going to be the best fit for your needs and lifestyle so you don’t waste precious time and money on ones that aren’t a fit.

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Balance

Is balance an issue for you?

Do you find that you need a little something to help keep you upright as you move about your home or while on the go?

Canes are a fantastic option when you need a little stability.  I prefer one that is able to stand upright by itself.  There is no need to find somewhere to hang them nor do they slide off of rails, chairs, etc. and onto the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking down dark hallways or outdoors after sunset can be dangerous even with a cane.  Click here to check out a cane that is equipped with a flashlight to help you see where you are walking!

Canes don’t have to be boring and cute ones don’t have to be extravagant like the blue diamond cane that Selma Blair rocked at the Oscars.  Click here to view a sizzling purple cane that will surely draw more compliments than remarks questioning your need for a mobility aid.  However, if you really want something that will turn heads at a swanky event, you need to click here for some fancier options.

Another option for stability in the home is a basic walker.  I do not recommend it for outdoor use as it doesn’t have wheels, but it is a safer option than a rollator for indoor use.

Crutches and walking sticks are additional options that you may be interested in.

Balance and a place to rest while on the go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been using a rollator for balance while on the go since 2007.  However, my rollator solves more problems besides aiding my stability.  It gives me a place to sit when my feet, knees, or back need a moment to rest.  My rollator provides a place to put my feet up on when sitting on a park bench.  It also reduces how much shoulder and back muscle strain I must endure from my purse or backpack.  Instead of wearing them on my body, I often hang them or place them on the seat of my rollator.

Because of a yet to be diagnosed issue with my intestines, I am not currently able to walk very much and have had to return to using my wheelchair more than my rollator once again.  Before this new health issue became as severe of a problem as it currently is, I was ready to purchase the rollator/transport chair combo pictured below.  It easily transforms from a rollator to a transport chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mobility aid would have allowed me to walk when I could and to be safely pushed by family when I couldn’t.  I will be purchasing this, but not until we are closer to this latest health issue being resolved.  Instead for now I need to look at something that will allow me to keep my independence without enduring physical pain.

Click here to see a variety of rollator options, I guarantee there is one that will fit your needs!

Independence

Depending on your abilities, a standard wheelchair may be what allows you to remain independent.  But if you are like me and your body will not tolerate the physical movement it takes to propel one, you will either need someone to assist you or choose to purchase an electric model.

If you are looking for an inexpensive wheelchair that is tougher than it looks, you need to check out the one that I have.  I purchased it in the fall of 2016 and although it collected dust in the garage during 2018, it is a tough model that will see me through many more years.  This wheelchair has been rammed into curbs, walls, poles, you name it and you would never know by how it performs or looks.  Click here to read my original review of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although this is the most affordable option for me at the moment, I am looking into purchasing a motorized one to allow me to keep my independence for as long as possible.

My father in-law recently purchased this beauty.  He and my mother in-law have taken it on several trips and love it.  It folds up and is easy to transport in their vehicle and gets him everywhere he wants to go. It allows them to enjoy walks without him having to spend days and weeks in physical agony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While not ideal for most indoor settings, with the exception of grocery and big box stores, the scooter below is the perfect option for getting around your neighborhood.  It can also breakdown to fit into your trunk so you could use it at Disneyland, cruise the boardwalk at your favorite beach, or for a day at the zoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for more manual and motorized wheelchair options.

Whatever you choose, please remember this……

There is no reason to be ashamed for needing to use a mobility aid.  I don’t care how old or young you are, if your lack of mobility is forcing you to stay home and is isolating you from friends and family, put your pride aside and find the mobility aid that best suits your needs.

My abilities fluctuate often. This is why I have a fleet of mobility aids and not just one.  In the past 3 years there have been days when I haven’t needed any assistance, some where a cane kept me from toppling over, my walker saved my knees and back, and that my wheelchair allowed me to spend time with friends and family without accruing a high level of pain.

Which one or what combination of mobility aids would enhance your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 25-29, 2019

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 25-29, 2019

FINDING SATISFACTION IN WHAT CAN BE DONE

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Cookie Monster Strain Review

Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

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FINDING SATISFACTION IN WHAT CAN BE DONE

 

APRIL FITNESS CHALLENGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINDING SATISFACTION IN WHAT CAN BE DONE

Have you joined The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddy group on Facebook?

Current members, scroll below to read this month’s challenge rules.

If not, it is time you joined the fun!

This group is for anyone who needs a little accountability and encouragement to help them stick to their fitness goals.  You could have fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disease, arthritis, diabetes, MS, or any other chronic illness.  In fact you don’t even need to be ill.  I needed motivation and encouragement before I was chronically ill just as much as I do now!

The group goal is to move our bodies every day.  This means in whatever form of exercise you are able to do.  If you can go for walks, that’s perfect and if not, that’s perfect too! Whether you  run around the block, walk to the end of your driveway, or stretch your muscles every morning, you are welcome.

This group is not about killing yourself or triggering a flare in order to exercise your chronic body.  Instead it is about figuring out how to incorporate physical movement into your day without having it disrupt your life.

Each month a challenge is issued.  Members earn entries to win Starbucks and Amazon eGift cards just by following a few simple rules.

Sound fun?

Then check out April’s challenge!

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April’s challenge is simple and sweet.

This month your challenge is to find satisfaction in what you are able to do.

You should be overjoyed when you exceed your daily goal.

You ought to be joyful about hitting your daily goal.

You need to be okay with falling short of your daily goal when your chronic illness decides to misbehave.

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You have to be willing to accept that an extended flare, injury, or illness may require decreasing your daily goal.

For one month you are going to go to bed each night satisfied with what you were able to physically do.

The only way to be dissatisfied would be if you didn’t make an effort.  But, I know that won’t be you!  Why, because I read your comments on the daily check in posts, I know that each and everyone of you who participates in the challenges makes an effort to do what you can no matter how cruddy you feel.  Every single one of you is a warrior!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is the deal….

April’s challenge will last for four weeks.

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22-28

Step one: If you haven’t already, join the group .

Step two: See the challenge post located in the announcements and comment with “I AM IN”  to join the challenge.

Step three: Earn up to three entries daily.  Earn one entry for posting your results (this could be steps or miles walked, minutes of cardio, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, stretching, water aerobics, etc.) .  Earn a second for sharing how you feel about what your ability for that day was.  A third point is yours if you include a statement of being satisfied with what you accomplished for that day.

Each week one winner will be drawn, no later than 5 days after each challenge week ends.

Winner chooses between a $5 Starbucks or a $5 Amazon eGift card.

This month is about trying our best and being satisfied when our best isn’t as grandiose as we would like it to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starbucks, Amazon, and Facebook are not affiliated with these drawings.

The Disabled Diva is not a medical professional and does not issue medical advice.  Always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new exercise program.

 

Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

Keeping my chronic illnesses happy while fighting an infection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

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….

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…..

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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 hurts to have any part of my legs or feet to touch each other when I sleep, especially when I am running a fever.

Lying in bed for extended periods of time increases pain in my sacrum and spine.  To avoid any unnecessary pain, I run PEMF treatments on those areas with my Oska Pulse.

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

Besides allowing my body the rest and sleep that it requires, I make sure to address pain issues before they become a problem.

Dehydration only makes the situation worse, so I force myself to drink plenty of water.

To help keep my muscles relaxed I use Good Night Lotion on my legs and feet.  I alternate between  BioCBD+ topical oil and Earthley’s Arnica Salve to relieve pain from my temples down to my toes.

When I have the energy, I take a bath with hemp bath bombs for extra comfort.

To stay ahead of nausea, I vape my favorite cannabis strains with my new dry herb vaporizer (review coming soon).

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?

 

 

 

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