Buying a Christmas gift for someone with a chronic illness can be challenging. It’s hard to know what someone would want or use when they’re dealing with debilitating symptoms. Life with chronic illness can look a lot different than it does for someone who is healthy, so I created this guide to make finding the right gift for someone with chronic pain or illness easier!
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Here are some gift ideas for those with chronic pain or illness:
1. A gift card to their favorite local store or even a gift card to Amazon.com. Amazon gift cards come in handy when ordering supplements or other necessities. It’s also fun to have money to spend on a book, movie, or other hobby supplies.
2. Coloring book and colored pencils – I love coloring books like this one that include scripture. They help ground me in the Word. Twist up colored pencils are my favorite because they’re much easier to use since they don’t require sharpening!
3. A luxurious, warm blanket! A lot of people with chronic illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid conditions, and Lyme Disease have temperature sensitivity. I’ve been eyeing this blanket for a while – I’m even thinking of putting it on my wedding registry because it looks incredibly warm and comforting!
Something I find fascinating about life with Lyme Disease is that it looks different for each person. Each person uses different treatment protocols. Our routines change regularly as we add or take away various forms of treatment.
Some of us Lyme Disease patients work outside the home while others are not able to work. I’ve experienced many forms of working while treating Lyme. At some points, I worked full time. Other times, I did work for a full time job from home when I wasn’t well enough to be in the office. During the worst months with Lyme, I was mostly bedridden,homebound, and unable to work. Now I work part time and also do some other work from home.
I decided to document a day of my life while treating Chronic Lyme Disease to give you a glimpse into my life.
This particular day was off to a later, slower start after being unable to get quality sleep during the night. This was one of the more productive days. In the past, before making more progress with my health, I wasn’t able to do much reading or work on the computer. Now, on the better days, I’m able to do a lot more. Each day is different. Some days I exercise. Other days I need more time in bed. Some days I’m alone all day. Other days, my fiancé, Jonathan comes over. This is an average day in my life as I treat Lyme Disease and work on writing/blogging projects.
As I finished drinking my warm mug of lemon water a few moments ago, I smiled to myself, thinking about how different my life looks as a result of chronic illness.
It wasn’t a happy smile, but a smile of contentment.
I felt peace. And still do.
It’s funny how that happens.
I never in a million years would have thought I could be content spending my day in bed, eating a restricted diet, and constantly using various forms of treatment.
My adventurous, travel-loving self would have never chosen to stay put.
I loved to go. To serve. To experience all I could.
I still like those things, but caring for myself in the best ways possible means I have to put my desires on the back burner.
It’s true that I would rather not have spent the past two hours detoxing my body.
But it’s also true that God is good. I believe He knows. I believe He cares. And I believe He’s working.
When you’re sick with Chronic Lyme Disease, everything in life can be a little overwhelming!
I know how it goes.
I’ve been there.
Some days, I’m still there.
There’s so much to think through, plan, and do to keep symptoms under control. And even then, it can be a tossup as to whether treatment is actually going to make you feel better. A lot of times, you feel worse before you feel better because of Herxheimer Reactions. It’s tough (to say the least)!
So normal things like celebrating Thanksgiving with your family or friends can seem daunting. If you had previously been the one to host the festivities, the idea of cooking, cleaning, and opening your home for others can be enough to cause panic. If you usually travel for Thanksgiving, that can add another layer of challenges.
No matter what kind of Thanksgiving plans you usually partake in, I’ve put together a short list of things to help you to enjoy Thanksgiving while you live with Lyme Disease.
We live in a culture where instant access is expected.
We have the ability to obtain knowledge about almost anything right at our fingertips.
If we’re hungry, it doesn’t take more than a swing though the fast food drive thru to curb our cravings.
Waiting is begrudged.
We think we should be able to satisfy our desires at all costs. Any time we can’t immediately obtain what we want, it feels like we’re experiencing something burdensome.
While this is the norm of society at large, it doesn’t make it the best thing for us.
Sure, there are major benefits to being able to do things more efficiently. I love productive systems as much as the next person. Organization means I can better enjoy time with the people I love.
But even with the benefits of new technology and quick access, there are negative consequences for us as people.