Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

Traveling with Fibro

For the past few days I have been visiting my Navy son in Florida.

I was really hoping all this Fibro stuff would just melt off me like a dripping popsicle.

Unfortunately it has not.

In fact, I have learned that the south and I do not get along at all. From being overtaken by allergies (help me, Claritin), to waking up each day feeling like my body is broken at every joint (do you know how many joints there are???), to the sun wreaking havoc on my skin, my Fibromyalgia has definitely NOT melted off.

Instead it is like the symbiote in the early Spider Man movies when Peter Parker was overtaken and could not take it off.

Yep. That is exactly how I feel. Overtaken. Pain that is stuck on like glue.

But, amidst all the pain, using my “Body Back Buddy,” taking Ibuprofen just to walk the pier and enjoy the ocean, I have seen the Lord here in the beautiful scenery and smiles from my two children I have had the pleasure of spending a few days with.

Fibromyalgia does not have to confine you to a bed. You must possess the will to get out of that bed and get through your day!

Today I awoke and my body feels like it is broken into a million pieces.

So, I take things one step at a time.

You need to communicate with the people around you that you move slowly in the mornings (or all day…).By letting them know what to expect, it will lesson your anxiety about meeting any expectations they may have.

For example, when we arrived at the beach, I told my son and daughter to go on ahead of me and that I would be along when I arrived. (My plantar Fasciitis still keeps me from walking well…).

By communicating, it helps everyone.

Because of the fasciitis, I have learned how to rewalk slowly and deliberately helping my feet to handle the journey of the day. (Thank you Vionoc shoes!)

Yesterday I used my Body Back Buddy while my son showered, allowing me some relief without causing him to feel like he overdid the day’s activities with me.

I did not do anything I did not want to do. But, by doing, it causes me more pain.

People without Fibro don’t understand that, which is why communicating is vital.

So whether you are traveling or just hanging with your daily routine, communicate how you feel, or how you will need to get through your day.

Each day is a gift. Today I am blessed to be with my son, who graduates from Dive School with the United States Navy. Oorah!

God Bless-~The Fibro Momma of Ten

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