Staying Chronically Content
March Chronic Illness Link-Up with A Chronic Voice.
Staying, Doing, Being, Targeting, and Weighing are our link-up prompts for this month. It’s hard to believe that March has arrived, but I’m thankful that it has. March can be such an odd month, when the weather may surprise you from day to day. When living with chronic illness, abrupt weather changes can make us feel sick, have headaches, or increases in pain. By the end of March, I hope I can say that I was staying chronically content.
With the coronavirus spreading, I’ve been making sure my family follows good hand-washing. We’ve not altered our lives in any way, but some people are staying home more. I certainly wouldn’t travel now if there wasn’t a pressing need. Staying away from large crowds is also part of my plan. This isn’t hard, because I never go anywhere, anyway.
I won’t be doing much in March except trying to improve my health. I have an upcoming appointment with my new cardiologist. Because of no improvement in my B12 levels, I’ll be taking B12 shots. I’m also having tests to investigate the health of my kidneys.
I’m doing everything I can to stay on my mediterranean diet. I’ve also been told to add in more vitamins and Omega 3, because my cholesterol levels are awful. So, I’m not doing anything fun. It’s necessary to try, though.
Who would I like to be this month? I would like to (and need to) be someone who is very disciplined. I need to be consistent with my diet and exercise. Being that kind of person is not who I normally am. With the chronic illness causing me lots of pain, fatigue, and nausea, being consistent is just not happening.
Just when I had gradually increased my exercise to 5 minutes a day, my heart starting hurting. The Left Bundle Branch Block caused me chest pain and dizziness. After that, I have been afraid to exercise again. I started back today with 1 minute on my stationery bike.
I have some targets to hit this month with my blogging. With two blogs, I’m pretty busy. I have targets that will make me even busier, but it’s fun for me. I hope to have new readers and get more feedback. If you have any questions or comments for me, I would love to know.
This word means only one thing to me: losing weight. I’ve been weighing myself often, but the scales have stopped going lower for the past two months. I would really be happy if the numbers would start going down for a change.
I know this depends on how consistent I am with being disciplined. I’m all for a challenge! How about you? Are you feeling challenged to be different this month?
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