In the last few posts I've talked about how well I've been feeling in myself on this new medicine regime and with the positive effects of the 'free from' diet. I knew it would happen, but I had a reality check again this morning. FACT ~ I have a sick and broken body. When I say I'm good it's more that I am at my best 'new normal'. After feeling so positive after the Easter break - instead of taking the opportunity to rest and replenish when the children returned to school, I tried to push through. Unfortunately, the inevitable circle of overdoing things lead to a flare and ultimately a crash emotionally and physically.
I must do better at listening to my body and applying pacing plans again.
This has happened before (and of course it will happen in the future!) I just need to be mindful of the fact that I have a whole host of health issues that I need to manage each day. Sometimes it sucks. But of course, there are always things to find in amongst the challenges. I choose to find happiness in those Simple Things!!
Five things that have made me happy this week:
#1 Little Lady was awarded her Rookie Lifeguard trophy after completing her bronze, silver and finally gold levels.
This is a big achievement - CPR, swimming in clothes, swimming with a dummy, rescuing people from drowning etc. It started as something different to do because she loved swimming and had completed all the learning stages. She's delighted with her trophy and did show and tell at school with it this week. I'm a very proud mummy.
For the last couple years we've had minimal crops but the blossom looks promising for this year. In the meantime, the flowers are beautiful. As is the gorgeous blue sky in contrast against it. It has been a gorgeous week of blue skies here which is good for the soul.
#3 Slowly growing piles of crochet Target Squares.
#4 Enjoying beautiful colours and flavours in a pretty bowl.
So appreciative of reading The Immune System Recovery Plan - and feeling the benefit of my new regime. It's by no means a cure but the Hydroxychloraquine and elimination diet have seen my symptoms reduce from 9.5/10 to 7/10. When I've been in flare to that degree for around 6 months even this reduction is life changing. Still a challenge but there is hope - and for that I am ridiculously grateful.
#5 Forever grateful for my Family
The understanding of my children and Husband of my physical limitations and impacts of chronic pain.
I have grieved for the life I should have led. For a family who is physically active my physical ability could be an issue and I won't lie - for me it always will be. But I am so grateful for my Hubby doing those things with the Kiddie's. For cycling, running, climbing, trampolining, hiking... and so much more. Regardless of the weather. Striving to do what is good and not taking the easy option. I know I do other things with them and together we provide a good balance. But we are a tight unit - perhaps even more so due to the health challenges we've been through. It takes strength to fight on... and together we muster just about enough.
Hope you have had some happy moments this week. Take care until next time,