• Chronic Illness

    Thankful For Small Moments

    If there were ever a dictionary entry for “pacing oneself”, my picture would not be included. Those of us with chronic illnesses have learned that it’s important to pace ourselves so that we don’t become exhausted. The exhaustion and severe pain that comes from over-doing it is hard to describe. This is often followed by a flare. A flare is basically a flare of symptoms, and we certainly don’t want our symptoms of pain to increase. It’s hard to pace myself. There are so many things I want to do and participate in with my family. During this move, I’ve had to push myself beyond what I should do. Even…

  • Chronic Illness,  Travel

    My Moving Adventure

    The last week has been grueling with last-minute packing, loading, and driving 1,000 miles in a Penske truck. Now that we’ve moved everything into our new home, it’s a mess! We’re all sore, swollen, and exhausted! Because I can’t lift anything, I was just a passenger on our long journey. I’ve never been this far west and moving in a 26 foot truck isn’t the way to be a sight-seer. We did see many beautiful sights along the way. We also fought the traffic, bad roads, and strange hotels. We’re thankful that we made it safely and no one was injured. My feet and ankles are severely swollen and that…

  • Chronic Illness

    Physical Therapy Forever

    Today I completed treatment with two physical therapists. We’re moving out west next week, so the therapy here had to stop. I’ve been working hard with a therapist to recover from my broken arm. The other therapist has been trying to get to the bottom of my chronic dizziness. I’ve spent over two months on arm/shoulder rehab. Each assessment has shown great improvement in my range of motion. I still have a ways to go to get all the use of my shoulder back. Although the doctor said that I wouldn’t completely recover, the therapist thinks that I can still improve. She gave me quite a few sheets with pictures…