Reblog – Sleepless Night Strategies

My dear friend Sam has written about a topic I know all too well – sleepless nights. I know that everyone suffers from this once in a while; however, for the chronically ill it can be an endless string of nights.

I hope you enjoy this in-depth look at how to battle insomnia associated with pain and other chronic symptoms.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

I can cope with most things about my disability. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s far from easy but I have a toolkit of chronic disease management strategies, I’ve written about in the past, that help me on a daily basis……(My Chronic Disease Management Plan and Body Behaving Badly)

My pain is unrelenting during the day but I can find things to keep my mind occupied, to distract me as much as possible.

Those Early Hours Of The Morning Are Just Plain Hard

When pain overtakes my body in the early hours of the morning it’s just plain hard. I simply can’t sugarcoat night time pain with positive throw away lines.

Tossing and turning makes my legs and spine hurt even more than usual and I’m acutely aware I’m disturbing my husband. That’s the last thing I want to do. He needs his sleep. He does so much for…

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Reblog – Running on Empty – Do Not Pass “Go”

This is such a great post from my friend, Sam. It is very timely for me and much of the reason I haven’t posted in a while.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

We all have moments in life when we hit a brick wall physically and perhaps mentally. It happens to the healthy and chronically ill alike.

I remember in my “healthier” life, I’d get to the end of my working week and I’d be exhausted. It was a normal exhaustion. The kind where you just needed a long hot shower, good food, an early night curled up in bed with a relaxing book or watching a brain numbing movie. By the next morning the world would seem a much better place.

Bouncing back was always a given. There was never a question in my mind I would not improve with a little rest and recreation. The next day, some fresh air, a long walk or a good shopping expedition, which were all doable back then despite feeling tired, were wonderful recovery therapy options.

That Was Then, This Is Now

Fast forward…

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Reblog – Self-Care for the Worn Out Soul

I am reblogging this because it is the perfect reminder for me on what can get me through my current flare-up of pain and anxiety. It is a very insightful and inspiring look at self-care.

Lydia!

Madison Hornsby

I was introduced to the concept of self-care when I was a senior in high school. I had heard the term thrown around a good bit, but I mostly wrote it off as something that was selfish and unnecessary. Boy was I wrong.

When I began struggling with depression and anxiety, I sought out any and every avenue of treatment that I thought might alleviate my suffering. Initially, I was very hesitant to learn more about self-care and resisted incorporating it into my daily routine. My strict religious upbringing had conditioned me to avoid anything that had the word “self” in it.

The truth is, if you neglect yourself, you’ll have nothing to give to others. I was passionate about serving other people and this concept really hit home for me.

I remember someone provided me with the analogy of airplane safety. In the event of a decrease in oxygen…

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