Monday, 1 July 2013

Good Idea...Bad Idea

I'd like to share with you some of the lessons I have learned through experience.

Good idea: Take a lasix for fluid retention while it's just causing uncomfortable swelling, before it gets to the point of causing an agonising headache.

Good idea: Wire oneself into a tens machine and set it on a half hour cycle to help with pain relief.

Bad idea: doing both of those things at the same time.

Good idea:  Reduce steroids so as to not be hungry all the time so it's possible to lose weight.

Bad idea: Reducing steroids when you're having a flare so bad that even the small joints in your fingers hurt. 

Good idea: Trying some gentle "beginner's yoga" exercises to try to get sore joints moving a little.

Bad idea: Allowing the cat in the room so he can decide to sit on top of you while you are struggling for balance and trying in an ungainly fashion to try to emulate the person on the yoga app.

Good idea: Writing down everything you need to tell your doctor, or ask your doctor.

Bad idea: Leaving your notes at home when you go to the doctor's visit.

Good idea: Booking the first appointment of the day so the doctor won't be running behind schedule.

Bad idea: Sleeping through the alarm and missing the first appointment of the day.

Good idea: Doing some of the housework to begin to catch up.

Bad idea: Doing so much you have to sleep for two days to recover and end up further behind.


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