I’ve been thinking about doing a special Sunday series of posts for some time now. Posts where I can share or talk freely. So…I am adding a Sunday Reflections category in the Health category. I don’t expect to write every single Sunday, and probably won’t have many pictures.
Why Sunday? It just seemed like a good day to share my stories, and then remember to be thankful to God and grateful for what I do have and can still do.
I wanted to be able to share some issues I’m dealing with in my life, or situations that affect my health, without taking away from the main theme of my blog. I didn’t want to start a separate blog. Because frankly, I don’t think I’d have enough to talk about on a single-subject blog. I might re-blog a post from other bloggers occasionally, if it’s a good fit.
Why did I decide to do this? Put my life out there for all to see? Because I follow several bloggers that talk about their chronic illnesses. I saw that it wasn’t as much of a taboo subject after all, as I had expected. Readers can relate. Ideas and suggestions are exchanged. Sometimes I run across something that actually helps and I’d like to share.
So in a nutshell, I have COPD and Sleep Apnea. As a result of that, I don’t get enough good restorative sleep, so I am tired all the time. And I am overweight, because I don’t have the breath to walk much, let alone do any regular exercise. Then, my body is stiff and inflexible, because I don’t physically move enough. All leaving my body feeling old, while mentally, I feel much younger.
Or having serious chest aches, and being scared to death that it’s progressed to cancer, because I have five friends who are having adventures with cancer. (We live in a small community.) And worried that I’m next.
Top all of that off with battling depression, either because of my illness, or the inability to do the things I want to do, or even possibly a side effect of some of my medicines.
Or the dang weather! I can be feeling fantastic, and actually be up and moving around a bit, and then something changes in the weather, and I. CAN’T. BREATHE. Pretty scary, especially when I am out in the yard.
Or being house-bound, because even after having a Flu shot last fall, and not going to town but once every two weeks, I picked up germs every single time I went out in public to get groceries. I was down sick with respiratory issues a total of five months out of seven last fall through spring.
Or knowing that my prescription costs and medical costs are keeping us from doing all the things we planned to do when we retired.
This is one of those chronic illnesses that people usually don’t know you have, until you either share the information or there’s a problem. Like many other illnesses, sometimes the symptoms just come out of nowhere for no apparent reason. Most of us just do the best we can, when we can.
So there it is…..
Keeping it real & finding balance in everyday life.