Here's a little bit of what I've been able to accomplish these past few weeks. I guess it won't be published online or in a magazine as it's not inspirational enough. But, I'll take my victories wherever I can no matter how small they may seem to others.
1. I took a shower and washed my hair in the same day! I used my shower chair, though, so maybe that's not quite as inspiring to some folks. Also, I did have to lie down afterward for about a half hour, which, honestly, was an improvement over some days.
2. I cooked dinner two nights this week! Yay me! But, we had leftovers for four nights and went out for one. I should get some recognition for those two nights of cooking, though.
3. I went to my son and daughter-in-law's apartment and waited for the cable installation man to come. I was there for four hours. Healthy people could never imagine how something like that can make someone with a chronic illness sick. I sat, reclined and read for the whole time. It wasn't climbing a mountain, but it did push me to my limit, and when I got home I crashed and slept for two hours.
4. I ate a meal and was able to stay at the table with my family for a lively discussion. Many times, I have to head straight to bed as my body doesn't always seem to have the energy to digest food and be upright and talking at the same time, but this was a good day.
5. I helped my daughter and son-in-law move, unpack and clean their new house. It was a lot of fun and very exciting to see them take another step in their adult lives. But, after helping several days in a
row, it began to take its toll on my body. I spent a few days recovering and had to let some of my own housework go.
I'm not sharing these things for sympathy; I'm only trying to prove a point. My victories may be smaller than someone's who's in good health, but that doesn't make them just as difficult, or just as fulfilling for that matter. What is important is that all of us are respectful of others who face challenges no matter what they may be. Being ill isn't a contest. Also, those who are healthy need to realize that not all illnesses are the same, and even the same disorder may present itself differently in two people.
Let's all celebrate the woman who can run a marathon, but not forget the woman who can't; her marathon may be something completely different, but it's still hers to accomplish.