When you have a chronic illness, a lot changes. Simple things become harder, life becomes drastically different, and most of us don’t know when things are going to change. For instance, I could be perfectly fine (well as fine as my body can be) and decide to be lazy and just shower tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes I could have a dislocation or be back in the hospital. I never know what the future holds. There are many things most of us took for granted before and continue to take for granted unless our bodies aren’t cooperating.
If I am being honest- I am a high maintenance kinda girl, but I do enjoy simple things. Like face masking for instance. I LOVE face masking. I normally do 2 different face masks a week and alternate between exfoliating, moisturizing, pore minimizing, blackhead pulling, clay, sheet, oil reduction- you get my point I love any and all face masks.
My brother has inherited my love for face masks and we do them together, but up until a couple weeks ago I hadn’t masked in about 3 months. My skin hated it and rebelled but I was too sick or too medicated to do any of that. I was barely able to shower.
Now even though I am in a huge brace and am having serious problems with the RSD/CRPS, I am able to shower on my own because I am not highly medicated. I am SO thankful to be able to do that, and cherish that even though it is a little thing.
Yet I am not in the clear, whenever someone asks me if I need to shower (my shower is downstairs in my house, whereas my office and room are upstairs) I jump on the opportunity because I don’t know what tomorrow holds. I face mask whenever I can because I don’t know what the next day will be like. I simply enjoy being on my laptop blogging or creating HEP’s (Home Exercise Programs) for clients of OST’s. I enjoy all the little things because I can’t see into the future. Some days, you know on the really bad days, I enjoy just seeing the sun come up or being able to take a sip of water on my own.
As a spoonie, I encourage everyone to love the little things and always remember you have a spoon in your back pocket (for those who don’t understand what I am talking about check it out here.) If someone gives you an opportunity and you aren’t in a really bad place- take it! You deserve to enjoy the little things often.