Living with chronic illness can make life unpredictable – and unnerving. I’ve been at this for 30 years and I’m still surprised by how it can throw me.
We have season tickets to the Boston Lyric Opera. I love the idea of these things but the reality is that I’m physically challenged. A few months ago, after sitting in the tight seats for three hours, my back was in spasm for a few weeks.
The other day, it was 85 degrees in Boston and I dressed for a hot day. Living with multiple sclerosis, heat knocks me out- it can shut down all systems. (And menopausal hot flashes don’t help). A few years ago I bought an ice pack that I read about online. You wrap it around your body when you’re going to be in a hot place for long. It didn’t work. I never had it when I needed it.
Being it’s early May, I forgot about pitfalls of air conditioning. I was wearing open shoes and I became an icecube. My hands and feet turned purple and painful (raynaud’s). And this had nothing to do with multiple sclerosis – my “serious” disease! I didn’t have anything with me to warm my feet and hands. This completely distracted me and I couldn’t focus on the opera.
I know that I should have known better and been prepared. I talk about preparedness endlessly with clients. What do you need at work to make sure you’re ready for whatever might hit you?
I also know I can’t be prepared all the time. My intention is not to burden others with my moods. But sometimes I get miserable and really cranky and it bubbles up in spite of my efforts. I do my best to reserve this for where it’s safe and appropriate – my family and good friends. I keep it out of my professional/work life where it doesn’t belong.
I’ve trained myself to do this in my work life. But sometimes I let down my guard elsewhere. Having an intention is a good place to start.
What do you do? How is it going?
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. For all who are mothers, have mothers or know mothers, I’m making this special offer.
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