Thanksgiving- A Weekend with Chronic Illness

My Thanksgiving weekend was a mix of ups and downs which is normal for anyone living with chronic illness. It started with a great Thanksgiving Day with friends from church. The food was awesome. I even got to take some home to enjoy my favorite recipe at home which is to microwave food people give me. πŸ™‚

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Friday was a no energy day, so I stayed home and watched college football.

Saturday was wonderful. After meeting with students at my church in the morning, I enjoyed lunch at a restaurant with a young couple from Bosnia. It was a celebration of the husband getting his green card.

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Sunday started off well with church and teaching Citizenship class. It seemed like it was full steam ahead, but then a flare up came. Sunday night was a night of little sleep because of pain in every joint. I woke up Monday with a temp of 100 degrees, but went to a teacher inservice anyway. Low fevers are part of living with autoimmune problems. They come and go.

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Perhaps having no appetite for a few days is good since I am overweight, but it still hasn’t returned. After the inservice, I went home and slept for three hours. Monday evening I started to improve and taught my class.

That is all normal for a Spoonie. Spoonie is what people with chronic illness call ourselves. It comes from a post about the Spoon Theory that explains the problem if fatigue and low energy that comes with chronic illness..

Being a Spoonie means never knowing when a flare up will happen or what the symptoms will be. However, Jesus gives me strength. Monday morning I prayed for help to get through the day. He answered.

So life with chronic illness did not prevent me from teaching English at my church, having lunch with friends from Bosnia, teaching my citizenship class, or even making it to the inservice. That is thanks to Jesus for giving me strength and answering my prayer.

So that was my Thanksgiving weekend. How was yours?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

36 thoughts on “Thanksgiving- A Weekend with Chronic Illness

  1. Glad you made it to all your activities regardless of the challenges. May God continue to bless and keep you. I had a blessed Thanksgiving. It was great to see many of my family members at dinner. 😊

  2. I understand being a spoonie. Today was a good day. As usual the morning started rough, but I eventually picked up, and managed to get so much done! Tomorrow or next week? Who knows, but I was so thankful for today. My living room hasn’t been this clean in a long while. I even moved the couch while Andrew was asleep! 😊 I might be feeling it tomorrow.

  3. I’m glad God gave you the grace to do those activities and enjoy the people he has in your life! My Thanksgiving was great with family. I slept in on Black Friday, got up, had breakfast, and went back to bed. I had a lot of weariness and brain fog that didn’t start lifting till Monday night. I went to church Sunday morning and sang in the choir but started not feeling quite right towards the end. I’m not sure if I’m a spoonie or not. I have long periods of doing well followed by extended periods of trying to recover. I’ve had chronic pain for decades. I haven’t gotten an official diagnosis yet, but now that my daughter has her diagnosis, it should make it easier to get one for myself. She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes type III, which is genetic.

      1. Yes, it sure is. I know I can’t give credit to doctors for helping me get through this far; I stopped asking them for help for these questions and asked God instead. All the glory goes to God! If I ever get a diagnosis, it will be because He gave the go ahead.

      2. Yes, that’s what I’ve been learning. My daughter wrote a list of all her symptoms, and we took it to the doctor. He barely looked at it and then said, “Which one of these would you like me to address today?”
        I wonder if I gave him a cherry pie, would he be content to eat only one cherry?
        If we would not have found out that my sister has a brain aneurysm, we might still be a long way from a diagnosis. It doesn’t seem right that you have to be in danger of sudden death to have them do something.

  4. Thank God for all He does big bro. He is amazing!.

    Glad to know you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and you were able to do all you intended. More of His Strength. πŸ™

    Congrats to the young couple too. πŸ’ƒ

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