Waking up with my sixth day-in-a-row of having a bad headache, I have to accept the fact that I’m having a chronic illness flare. I really don’t know which illness is tied to this flare, because my illnesses overlap with their symptoms. All I know is that my head hurts and my body hurts more than usual.
The first few days of my headache, I used pain medicines to stop it. Sometimes, I think I’m just setting myself up for rebound headaches. So, I’ve stopped headache medicines unless it turns into a migraine. It’s all a guess, because my doctors have never been able to tell me anything useful. They think I have chronic migraines with aura and tension headaches.
The result of a chronic illness flare is having a house that gets progressively more messy. There are dirty dishes all over the kitchen, dirty clothes in the hamper, and I am left feeling miserable. I would really like to be up and taking care of my home. When you know that you’re getting behind in all your work, you just get more stressed. This stress just makes the flare worse.
Today, I’ll try to de-stress by relaxing as much as I can. Rest is important for getting through a flare. Prayer helps me, because I’m talking to my Creator who gives me peace and comfort. I need His help every day.
I hope that the flare ends soon. Being able to cook, clean and do laundry makes me happy and smile. Crashing on the couch all day isn’t fun, but what choice do I have? Thankfully, Hubby understands and will help around the house. He’s done it for two years and has gotten really good at it.
So, today I must be content to rest and treat my body with all the helps that I can. I’ll have my heating pad and plan to use my tens-unit, too. I’ll go grab my thera-cane and mash those knots in my shoulders. I hope it works!
Ps. 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
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