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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.