House Work with Chronic Illness

When you have chronic illness, you often find that you don’t have as much energy as you’d like to have and you have to start making choices about how and when you are going to use that energy. One challenge that I frequently hear people with chronic illness talking about is having enough energy to get their house work done. There is no perfect equation that will make this achievable for everyone, but there are things that you can do to make reaching this goal more possible.

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Of No Consequence

“Sometimes [things will] seem, by contrast, inconsequential, and you’ll wonder what business they have in [our lives]…Think of these fragments as the shavings off a carpenter’s floor, swept together after some great work has been made. The master piece has been taken from the workshop, but what might we learn from a study of some particular curl of wood about the moment of creation? How here the carpenter hesitated, or there moved to complete a form with unerring certainty? Are these shavings then, that seem at first glance redundant, not also part of the great work, being that which has been removed to reveal it?”

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Update 042120

Sometimes, keeping things balanced is just not possible and you have to choose between which crappy symptoms you want to have. That’s where I’m at today. Sadness. 

The other day, I was experiencing an electrolyte deficiency that lead to me passing out. Clearly, this isn’t a functional or safe state of being and needs to be addressed. So, I loaded up with extra sodium and potassium which got me feeling better. 

Until now. Because now I feel awful. The extra potassium has made my interstitial cystitis flare so it feels like there are knives in my bladder. I took some pyridium which helps a little. Now I just have to ride it out. 

Living a Life of Maybes…

When you have chronic illness, you have to plan out everything in your life very carefully. This is so that you can do as many things as possible. Yet, your body doesn’t always follow the script. Often times, things come up that there is no planning for. A migraine hits, a joints dislocates, the fatigue presses down on you… all things that can come into your life without warning.

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