I love the holidays and I love traveling to visit my loved ones. It’s just extremely hard to travel with Chronic Illness. When I hit the road, I never know what types of pain will give me problems. Traveling hours and hours in a compact car is very painful when you have Ehlers Danlos syndrome.
When we were only in the car for twenty minutes, my hips and legs were already throbbing. I shifted from one side to the other, which helped whatever nerve was being pinched to get a break. This pain actually got better during the trip. These pains don’t always make any sense. I was thankful to not have a headache.
When I’m visiting family I try very hard to fake feeling well. Yesterday, I felt really better than most days. My body was swelling from all the standing, though. By evening, I was starting to feel terrible.
I woke this morning to a terrible headache, swelling, and severe pain. Because I only get to see my loved ones for a short time, I’ll be faking it today. I may suffer for it in the long-term, but I know that I can rest when I get home. It’s worth it to me to push, push, push myself when I absolutely have to.
Sometimes it’s just impossible to fake feeling well. I hope that all of my chronic friends have a flare-free holiday week to enjoy with their friends and family. This is such a lovely time of year! God bless you all.
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