For anyone with Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia/Chronic Pain Disorder and the like, you understand the joy and pain that the Holiday Season brings! No matter what we do to prepare ourselves, we will have enormous challenges!
I am one of those “lucky” enough to not be able to fly. Flying exacerbates my symptoms so badly! (The last flight I did took over 8 weeks to settle my body to its “normal” pain and symptom level!)
So…this year’s trip to Oregon to visit family and friends was done via car. Yes…a daunting task! Worth it though! Wanted the chance to see everyone that we possibly could! And….of course, we did not get to see everyone that I had hoped!
I rested before the trip to hope minimize impact. Even with several breaks…the road trip was rough. I did make a point of resting (taking a nap or at least lying down) for a minimum of 30 minutes each day….a goal I came pretty close to! LOL
Once home, everything hits….that overwhelming fog/fatigue/exhaustion that is COMPLETE total control! The feeling that you are not awake…that you are still in some type of dream….that your body moves….yet…your mind and senses are at least 10 steps behind! The feeling that you are floating outside of your body….as you clumsily attempt to walk…or hold a cup to take a drink!
Yet there is peace with this craziness! The peace of knowing that you were able to see people that are near and dear to you!