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Learning the Hard Way About My Health #HAWMC

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 11:59 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Loving Life.
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Prompt: Learned the Hard Way. What’s a lesson that you learned the hard way. Write about it for 15.

This lesson is one that I continue to learn over and over. I’m stubborn about it. When my doctors tell me to stop, I listen for a bit, then go back to my old routine. When I end up learning the hard way, I stick to it for a much longer time…

Because of Myasthenia Gravis, the other chronic illnesses and the medications I take, overdoing is a very bad idea. I should do a little bit each day physically. And if things are stressful, I should really take it easy. When I do too much, I pay for it. Later in the day, the next day, or for days after, I can feel more tired than normal. I’ve been to the point where I cannot get out of bed and sleep for most of the day. My muscles get more weak than normal. I’ve had trouble swallowing. And then I realize, it’s because of what I’ve done to myself!

Sometimes what I think is a flare, is actually my body giving my a kick in the pants to remind me about overdoing it. There’s a slight difference and usually it takes a doctor visit to recognize it. Then I feel like a jerk. Get a kind lecture and go on my way, promising not to do it again.

The urge to get the most out of life is still there, now more than ever. I want to seize every minute, every opportunity.

But, when I start to see my body rebelling, I do stop most of the time. I may regret it while I’m doing it, but when something else comes along and I’m able to take part, I pat myself on the back.

What lessons are you learning?

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