Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

Fibromyalgia and Clothing

In the past 2 weeks, my family has celebrated 4 birthdays. One of them was mine. Having 10 children, one expects the majority who lives close by to be a part of the festivities…One would be right!

I had a parade of my grown children and grands filter through for breakfasts, lunches and dinners over a three-day span with the last day being a one-on-one date with my loving husband. The whole weekend was a lot of fun and quite busy! Some of them stayed overnight, some drove down for the day, and others could only come for a few hours.

Needless to say, this body of mine has felt the effects of the love (sigh).

Three days later and I can still feel the pain which has settled in my joints and ligaments.

I took Ibuprofen the day of my date to help ward off an impending pain flare-my assumption is it helped, but the pain today is pretty high and typing this is a bit of a challenge. (Throw some emotional teenage stress into the mix and it’s a recipe for a day of pain).

When my hubby took me out, he wanted to buy me a dress for my birthday, which was a nice surprise and a lot of fun! Trying on all the different dresses, wasn’t. Some of the dressing rooms were the size of a closet and the taking off the current garb to try on the new, several times, was a challenge, to say the least.

I mean, we chronic pain sufferers all know that getting dressed one time a day is a challenge, let alone 6x.

But I did find a comfortable, long, flowy and soft dress that should make my skin not feel as if it would burn with it on. Those are key things to look for when one has Fibromyalgia. I actually got it at Cracker Barrel…they have wonderful styles for women that have been good to this Fibro body! (And, yeah…those “dressing rooms” there are a bear…and quite tiny).

I have become more of a T-shirt wearer over the past year. They have to be larger and soft, or I cannot wear them, but they are comfier than trying to find some sort of comfortable shirt. I’ve been getting most of them from a company called Those seem to work well for me. Plus, I don’t need to go into a dressing room to try them on. haha.

Mail order is a good deal, right?

So, today will be spent moving a bit slower than usual and teaching the last children I have at home. I’ve been home schooling for over 26 years, I love it and it’s what I do.

So go find yourself some comfortable clothes and get going…

If you are blessed to be able to stay at home, make yourself a cup of tea and pray through your day. We sufferers know that feeling good one minute means the next may not be and vice versa.

Have a blessed day!

~The Fibro Momma of Ten

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