By now, you all have been introduced to the lingo that is for us Chronics. Spoonie being the most popular. Christine M’s Spoon Theory is the basis that a lot of invisible illness suffers use for an explanation for their illness.
And then there is for mine, The Honey Badger and The Sloth. These two encompass what I would consider to worse parts of illness. I even poke fun at it myself on my Pinterest boards My Patronus is Honey Badger and Sloth Are My Spirit Animal. If you have no idea what I mean by Honey Badger, if offer you this link.
So what does this have to do with myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia? Honey Badger does not like noise, traffic, shopping malls, big crowds, small crowds, tends to anxious and will bite if bothered. This is when I have had my fill of the world, explaining my illness for the billionth time (no, it doesn’t get better, ever!) or just over done and cranky.
The Sloth in me cares very little about eating when she’s in a flare, has to bribe herself on the days it hurts to get out of bed, drinks way too much soda, has to have a reminder set to remind her to take her meds, and just doesn’t wanna. The Sloth doesn’t make plans (because they will change, always) and tends to not stray too far from her habitat or her bed.
As much as I try to keep the badger and sloth happy…often they follow me around town. Or work. My co-workers have been warned.
I honestly believe having a sense of humor every once in a while about your illness is an important part of self care. I makes you aware, accountable and if need be tractable. There is so much that goes with CFS/ME and Fibro. The side effects have side effects (and that doesn’t come with the medication). There is so much to be aware of that a little humor goes a very long way.
Dear Readers, I’m taking a hiatus for three weeks in September. I am happy to report that this is the first summer I have blogged my way through in quite a while! Much love to my blogging BFF Ms. Hope and the support of family and friend.
Let’s go get ready for Fall!