Posts tagged ‘energy’

January 17, 2018

#546 – When Your Doctor Tells You There’s No More Time


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You have a chronic illness. You go to the doctor with your list of symptoms, but you’re told that there is no more time, then asked to book another appointment.

Your energy is already depleted and you you don’t know how you’re going to drag yourself to another appointment.


The solution

Book a double appointment in order to max out on your time and energy and ensure that you are respecting the doctor’s time and that of the other patients, as well. It’s a lot less stressful for all concerned.


September 16, 2013

#481 – Window of Time

Image courtesy of Chris Worfolk.

Image courtesy of Chris Worfolk.

Energy. Inflammation. Pain. You have a window of time when your condition may have improved to the point where you can get out and do some of the things you need to do, or that you’d like to do – errands, shopping, visiting friends, getting out for a hike, etc.

For example, first thing in the morning, you may be extremely stiff. This might be a great time to do some breathing and gentle movement exercises. Once you start to limber up, you are ready to get out and do some of the things on that list, be it a fun list, a work list or a life list.

Become aware of your window and schedule your activities to make the best use of your time and energy. Share this strategy with your family and friends so that they understand, and hopefully, be willing to accommodate you in your mission to get out, to do and to see.

February 23, 2013

#408 – Year-Round Gift Shopping

Image courtesy of Kym McLeod.

Image courtesy of Kym McLeod.

Years ago, I learned that last-minute gift shopping and rheumatoid arthritis do not go well together. The crowds, the lack of selection, the heat of the stores, the weather – all those things serve to drain my energy.

I have a solution, though. I shop for the people on my gift list throughout the year. Whenever I see something I think someone would like, all the better when it is on sale :), I buy it, bring it home, and it goes into the Rubbermaid Gift Box

Around the beginning of December, I pull out the box and do an inventory to see what I have. Often, most of my shopping is complete. I love that! It’s the stress-free way to shop.

So, even if you’re not fond of my most recent giveaway for a leather wristlet from Danier, perhaps there’s someone on your gift list who might appreciate it. It’s never too early to start your shopping! 🙂

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You might wish to check out Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Have Arthritis.

June 6, 2012

Children, Self-Care and Vacuuming

I’m delighted to introduce you to Harmony Wilderson, who has blog entitled Laughing Through the Pain of RA. She graciously and good-naturedly accepted my request to do a guest post. This practical post is all about setting priorities.

RA symptoms can sap your strength and leech the fun right out of you. But if you’re the parent of young children, you need to maintain the highest level of wellness possible. Nap time for the kids is a great chance to catch up on a little TLC.

Years ago, my children’s nap time meant two hours of frantic cleaning. My house looked great, but by evening, I didn’t care. The pain and stiffness in my joints overwhelmed my feelings of accomplishment.

Now I keep my Dr. Scholl’s Paraffin Spa out-of-reach but handy. While the grandchild sleeps, I coat my hands with several thick layers of hot wax, wrap them in a soft towel, and let the heat restore me. Better than vacuuming, any day.

Image courtesy of Armin Hanisch.

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