Life Transitions

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies. Thank you for coming over and hanging out with me for a little while. I am really glad that you are here.

Something that we don’t tend to think of as a stressor in our lives is our life transitions. These are the times in our lives that we are having a role shift or a major change in the way that we are living. Some examples of these are marriage, the birth of a child, retiring, the death of a significant person in our life, a disabling accident, or having a chronic illness that develops to the point of disabling us, getting a new job, traveling to a new location, a new place of living, getting a new house or a new apartment, getting divorced, graduating from school (high school or college), empty nest syndrome, and many others. All of these are times in our lives where we change the roles that we’re playing. With that comes a shift in our identity and how we see ourselves.

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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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Keep Track!

This is such a frustrating time to have a chronic illness. Everything is being put on hold. It is so frustrating to have things postponed after waiting months to get them in the first place and then not knowing when they’ll happen later. All the worrying about what can go wrong can wreck you. While I think we all understand why these measures are important and have to be put into place, it is still hard not to feel like we are being in some ways disregarded.  

Please, don’t let these delays in care hurt your self-esteem. Please, keep track of everything being cancelled so that you can follow up with everyone later when the COVID-19 storm settles. The medical system will be disorganized once we are past this and it is likely that people will be over looked. So, keep track for yourself. List them in order of your personal priority so that you will know which things to chase down first. 

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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