If you are chronically ill or care for someone who is ill, you’ve likely heard the term quality of life. Do you really know what this means? Have you discussed what you feel to be an acceptable quality of life with your medical team? Do you have a plan to ensure you can achieve your desired quality of life? What are some simple changes you can work towards to attempt to improve your quality of life?
Pain Management #AtoZChallenge In keeping with yesterday’s post regarding the use of opiates in treating pain, I thought for today’s post I would focus on non-narcotic alternatives to address your pain. Please realize that as with everything I write, the things I share are in no way personalized medical advice. You bear full […]
Opiates in Pain Management #AtoZChallenge The debate over the use of prescription narcotics in the management of pain has long been a controversial topic. This topic has come more to the forefront of late as the debate heats up in both the media and the healthcare industry. There are arguments both for and […]
Nutrition #AtoZChallenge Proper nutrition is necessary for proper health. This often becomes even more important to those of us with chronic health issues. It becomes even more problematic for those of us with a permanent disability which forces us to live on a fixed, and often small, income. I am neither a nutritionist nor […]
Chronic illness often forces us to create a mask that we show to others. This mask allows us to hide behind it and not to reveal the true nature of how we feel on a given day. Why would we do this you ask? Well, let’s delve into that and see if we can shed some light on the topic, and the mask itself as well as what we may be hiding with it.
Loving yourself #AtoZChallenge As a general rule, loving yourself is a necessity of life. Not the egomaniacal form of loving yourself mind you. But the kind of love you hold for yourself regardless of your physical abilities or health. The kind of love that permits you to not be perfect, providing you are […]
When we are diagnosed with a life-altering illness or injury we are suddenly faced with a number of challenges. First, we need to learn how to live and function again, given our new situation and our new limits on our ability to function as we have become accustomed since we were young children.
J is for Just Don’t Say It! Think before you speak! There are times in our lives when we may hear distressing news from or about someone who we care about. At those times our natural reaction is to say something comforting to the person sharing this information with us. However, in an attempt to […]
I is for Inspirational I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been told how much I inspired someone to be better in their life. This applies to healthcare practitioners, other chronically ill people, and your average person you might see walking down the street. I appreciate the kind words, and it is nice […]
H is for Hopeful vs Hopeless For anyone battling a chronic illness, there is a fine line between feeling hopeful versus feeling hopeless. This line may well blur depending upon the day, the severity of the symptoms that day, and the overall quality of life. I’d be lying if I said I have never experienced […]