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Staying Chronically Content

March Chronic Illness Link-Up with A Chronic Voice.

Staying Chronically Content

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.

Staying

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.

Doing

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.

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Being

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.

Targeting

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.

Weighing

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?

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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  • Joanne

    I am not seeing the numbers on that scale move anymore either.. but I am also not being consistent with eating right and exercising. The meds my doctor put me on last month are making me so nauseous and tired and just downright awful that I’ve actually been debating about not taking it anymore.

    • Lisa

      Oh, no! I’m sorry about the side-effects. The worst thing about meds (for me) is that the side-effects make it impossible to exercise and that just makes my symptoms worse over time. I hope that something else might work better for you.

  • JacQueline Roe

    It sounds like you have a lot going on. I hope you don’t mind, I’m saying a prayer that your pain level will decrease and your health will improve. This link-up is such a wonderful way to know we are not alone πŸ™‚

    • Lisa

      Thank you for the prayer. I pray daily and often request others to pray for me. I enjoy the link-up, too. It’s important to share, because people who aren’t chronically sick just can’t understand everything we deal with.

    • Naomi

      I like how your responses to the prompts are short and to the point…I like to read like that but rarely manage to write like that!
      I’m sorry to hear about your exercise struggles. I also keep attempting to do some in the form of strength to help my hypermobility but I end up working too hard and triggering increased migraine symptoms so it’s not the same level as you but pretty frustrating.

      • Lisa

        Thanks, Naomi. These prompts were not inspiring me to post as much as I usually do. You know, some words are just harder than others to get the juices flowing.
        Hypermobility is so tough! If I get a few minutes done, then I pay for it somehow. Yesterday I was obsessed with disinfecting my kitchen. And, today is the worst! I wondered why it hurt so much just to lift my arms to type.
        I totally understand with the migraines! I had them chronically for years, and now I only get the auras and some milder headaches. I hope you get relief from your migraine symptoms today πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia

    I too am not traveling if not necessary, with the exception of a road trip to visit family. But it will take a major emergency to put me on a plane. It’s my husband I worry more about as he has to travel a lot over the next few months. Other than that I am still visiting Disneyland several times a month. My family knows not to touch handrails, walls, characters, etc. and we wash and/or sanatize our hands after every ride. To be honest, I think I fear being quarantined on a plane or somewhere other than home than I do catching the virus.

    • Lisa

      I’m glad that you’re able to still enjoy some of those fun outings πŸ™‚ It sounds like you’re doing all the good things and have trained your kids well. If I had to be quarantined, I would want to be home, too. And, honestly, I’m home all the time anyway πŸ™‚

  • Carolina

    I am right there with you on a lot of this. So glad to see someone talk about one minute of exercise at a time or having to work up to five minutes a day, and then backsliding when symptoms flare. This is truth! It’s such a struggle! Stay strong and keep moving ahead!

    • Lisa

      Thanks, Carolina! It would sound bizarre to anyone who hasn’t gone through the same thing. I’ll keep trying and I hope that you can, too πŸ™‚

  • Rhiann

    Hello, once again Lisa,

    I am so sorry to hear that the pain has been particularly debilitating and causing so much distress. I too, have found myself in the midst of a severe flare too, so I am only too aware of how difficult it can be. I really hope that it eases for you soon.

    I hope you continue to enjoy all the writing! Well done for keeping it up with it all despite the pain!

    Rhiann x

    • Lisa

      I hate to hear that you are suffering with a severe flare! I hope that it will calm down quickly so that you can get back to your normal. Take care of yourself and practice self-care (as much as possible). πŸ™‚

  • Catherine

    That all sounds very proactive! I am feeling challenged to change my attitude this month, especially with the coronavirus crisis worsening here in the UK. I am preparing to lock down and isolate!

    • Lisa

      We’ve been locked down here for more than a week. I’m used to being home all the time, but it’s hard to stay safe. I hope and pray that you and everyone in the UK would be spared from this virus.

  • Niamh

    My meds have made it quite clear they’re the boss of my weight. Instead I’m exercising when I can. It must have been very scary for you to exercise when you are having cardio issues. All you can do is your best and know that it changes day to day. I hope it doesn’t weigh on your mind too much you are great to keep going.

    • Lisa

      I really like how you said that your meds are the boss of your weight. That pretty much says it al! I hope that you have the strength to keep going, too πŸ™‚

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