Stop And Smell The Roses


The last few months I’ve tried to bring more beauty into my life. Because my chronic illness keeps me at home most of the time, I can feel that my surroundings really affect my attitude. Replacing piles of clutter with neat surfaces and pretty things makes me feel more peaceful and happy. I try to buy some fresh flowers each week. This week I was able to fill my vase with roses.

Red roses are not my favorite flower, but they are still beautiful and make me smile. The grocery store had a great deal on red roses, so that’s what I bought. I enjoyed trimming the stems and arranging them in a vase. They bring me so much happiness just sitting there blooming in all their glory.

Little things like flowers, candles, and waterfalls make my living space peaceful. My chronic illnesses leave me with pain and lots of fatigue. My recliner is where I spend most of the day. I want this area to be as pretty as I can make it. Of course, money constrains my decorating. If I had unlimited funds, I would probably be able to create quite an oasis. But, I’m content with what I can afford.

Keeping my living space clean and tidy is not always possible. If I pace myself it’s easier to come up with a few minutes here and there to do some housework. I try to do one chore and then stop for rest.

I’ve had more rest the past week than usual. Most nights I have slept 10 hours. Even though I was on a prednisone dose pack, it didn’t give me any burst of energy or keep me from sleeping. When I was younger and healthier, prednisone made me feel great and invincible! I would stay up all night and clean my house. Now that I have an autoimmune disease, I don’t feel any difference when I take prednisone.


At least the prednisone has stopped my Mast Cell Activation Syndrome flare. Today was my last day to take the prednisone pills and I hope that the MCAS flare doesn’t come back. Knowing my body, I know that someday it will. I can always hope that it’s years away from now.

God is very good to me and I am so thankful for the ways he’s blessed me today. This week I was so happy to find out that my husband and I didn’t have covid, after being exposed. Our child also passed a huge qualifying exam in graduate school and that was a huge answer to prayer. Today, I will just keep thanking Him and enjoy His goodness!

@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physican.

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