In todays Vlog we talk about when treatments or medications stop working when you care chronically ill.
In todays Vlog we talk about the benefits of exercise and how important it is to not over do exercise when chronically ill. Movement is essential for the body but how do you exercise when you feel so horrible?
Chronic illness affects everyone differently. Two people can have the same diagnoses and have different degrees or progression of the illness. Some are able to continue to work and feel it is essential for them to work in order for them to cope
emotionally with their illness while others can no longer work because of unpredictable symptoms which makes them a unreliable employee. So how do you know if you should continue to work or quit? Here are a few things to ask yourself.
Lemon is a good source of vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy and proper functioning of the body. It has low calories (29 cal /100gm), low cholesterol and low saturated fat. Like most citrus fruits, it is a very rich source of vitamin C which is an amazing antioxidant. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin B1 (thiamine) in lesser amounts. Minerals present in lemon include copper, calcium and potassium. Copper possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Calcium is good for bones and teeth while potassium helps maintain PH and water balance. It is this wide array of beneficial nutrients that makes lemon water and other lemon drinks extremely beneficial for health
Western medicine is well advanced for acute conditions and trauma but when it comes to chronic illness has it failed us? Treating the body as a whole (Mind Body Spirit) might just be the link you are looking for in your journey to wellness.
When you first become chronically ill you go through a mourning processes of what you can no longer do which is very normally. This can take months and for some even a couple years. We all deal with things differently and there is no set amount of time this should take. But when you get “Stuck” in this mourning processes for an extended period of time it can become very debilitating emotionally and physically (Because the mind and body are connected). In fact, it can become more debilitating than your chronic illness itself.
Along with chronic illness comes fatigue and I am not talking “I need a nap” fatigue but debilitating fatigue at times. When I was at my sickest there were days I had to make a decision to ether shower or fix something to eat because doing one thing just exhausted me beyond belief. Although my fatigue is no longer so debilitating I still have to balance everything I do because if I over to it I PAY BIG TIME! Cleaning has always been physically exhausting for me and there are somethings I still can not do without paying like mopping or vacuuming.
In this episode we talk about food additives and chemicals to avoid when chronically ill. Not only can food additives and chemicals cause chronic illness symptoms to be worse, for some it is the source of their chronic illness so it should not be something to ignore.
I think one of the most difficult issues to deal with when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness is acceptance. For the first couple years I was angry, in denial, and did everything I wanted to and paid big time every time I did. I was very young (18) when I was diagnosed and I just wanted to do everything my friends were doing. It was almost like I had to prove to them and myself I was not going to change and would even push harder than a healthy person. I was working fulltime, taking care of my boyfriends 2 kids 3 to 4 days out of the week, keeping up a 3 bedroom house, and keeping a very hectic social calendar. This is when I started taking a lot of medication to cover up the symptoms of the poor choices I made that affected my health and began to decline rapidly.
There is almost a mourning process when you get diagnosed. On one hand I was happy they figured out what was wrong but on the other, all I wanted was to be normal again. I held on to a lot of anger because I wanted my life back the way it was. I would try to stay busy every second of the day because once I stopped the pain would be unrelenting and I would think about it more if I did not keep busy. I felt that accepting I was ill was giving in or giving up. What I later realized is that acceptance was key to begin my journey to wellness.