Navigating through chronic illness

Anyone who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness of any sort is arguably aware of the countless frustrations that accompany it. Chronic illness can occur in a variety of forms and diagnoses, both in a mental and physical sense, and while different types of chronic illness do differ in regard to their severity, one thing they do all have in common is the frustration they cause for anyone dealing with them.

I hit the chronic illness lottery and live with three different types, but there are plenty of folks out there suffering from just as many as me, and more.

Out of the chronic illnesses I deal with, the one that has taken the biggest toll on my body physically is Lyme disease. I was diagnosed two years ago, and am in much better shape than I was before I knew I was dealing with Lyme, but I often forget that my body isn’t as savvy as it was prior to developing Lyme, and as a result, I often over-exert or injure myself.

A few days ago, I was pressure washing the concrete flooring in my parent’s garage. I do this job every year, and this year, I was using my dad’s hot water pressure washer which is an absolute beast. I had to move it from outside to inside, over a bit of a hump, and because I am obstinant, I refused my sister’s assistance and attempted to move it myself.

I dicked my back pretty good in the process, so lesson learned.

I was telling my mom about the ordeal, and she naturally gave me shit, telling me that I can’t do physical jobs to the same capability I once could. I explained to her how frustrating it is for me to remember this while working on the farm, because while my body may not be a big fan of a specific job, my brain is hell-bent for leather, telling me I’m more than able.

Navigating through chronic illness is no easy thing, and I am learning that figuring out how to live with chronic illness can be just as tricky as the illness itself.

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2 thoughts on “Navigating through chronic illness

  1. I hear you… I’ve have various physical health issues that sometimes my mind don’t want to accept either and I do things that end up hurting me.
    It was the only way I learned my limits though so I could try and work around them by doing things differently. I still do some things, just slower and in a different way, but it gets done and I get the sense of accomplishment I need. Even though I have limitations, it is important to me to still feel useful.

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    1. Thank you for reading. You are so right in saying you have had to make some adjustments in order to continue to do things you did before having chronic illness – it’s frustrating but almost inevitable. I am like you and also like to feel productive and useful, and I appreciate your insight.

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