The Day After Christmas

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The day after Christmas is glorious! I love Christmas day, but the extra work means that more rest is required after the fun is over. This year we stayed home and had our visits over Face-time. It wasn’t as satisfying as hugging the grand-kids and our adult kids in person.


Being chronically ill and in extra pain, I don’t get into a big rush to clean up all the wrapping paper and bags the day after Christmas. I’ll try to do a little at a time until it’s cleaned up. The tree will stay up until we finish our holiday travels in January.

My bad ankle swelled a lot yesterday, even though I tried to sit down while I was mixing and baking. But, there is a lot of up and down, too. Did you have a good day? I hope that the day-after payment won’t be too severe. I’m thankful that we were all well and our colds have finally gone away.

We all ate too much so I refuse to step on the scale for a few days of normal eating. I was proud of myself for losing 20 pounds, but I’m sure that I’ve gained a few back. I just couldn’t do without the pecan pie. What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

This is the time of year when all the news organizations have shows that display highlights of the 2023 year. Before we celebrate a new year, looking back can be a great thing. As people try to make New Year’s Resolutions, it’s important to reflect on what was good and what needs to be worked on.

2023 has been a very expensive year for our family. Hubby’s Medicare & supplemental are very expensive and my insurance is as well. I get an expensive policy because I can quickly reach my deductible and then the policy pays 80%. That same policy went up another $100 this year. Having poor health is very costly.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your

mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalms 145

Some heartless people have said that it’s my fault that I’m so sick. I know that the disease that started all the other diseases I have, is genetic. There is nothing I can do to prevent a disease that I was born with. After the Scoliosis led us to discover that Ehlers Danlos Syndrome was the reason I have scoliosis, more and more diagnoses became evident.

Once I discovered and accepted that my life had forever been changed, I developed a newfound empathy for others fighting to have a better life with a disability. Whenever I think about what I want to do in the new year, I always include goals for this blog. I hope to write more often. It not only helps me by expressing my emotions and thoughts, I hope and pray that someone with a chronic illness, will read something that is helpful to them.

I hope you’re as busy as I am today. All I’ve done is watch football in my recliner and drink coffee and eat pie. It’s hard to beat that!

@2023, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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

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