When you’re living with chronic illness, the impact of your daily choices is very widespread. Sometimes, the consequences of your choices are more immediately experienced. At other times, the impact of your choices is relatively more delayed.
Today, I spent time vending at a local Christmas craft show. It required getting up very early, much earlier than usual, in order to spend time settling up my vendor display. The show was very consistently busy throughout the day. During the first couple of hours, I found myself having persistent numbness and tingling sensations in my legs.
Thankfully, these increased symptoms didn’t persist. This is the first year that I have participated in this specific event, which is held for two days. Tomorrow will be somewhat less taxing, since I won’t need to transport all of my inventory to the vending area. Right now, I am having crushing fatigue. I absolutely have to lie down for a while, before I am able to do anything else for the rest of the day.
Yes, living with chronic illness means that our specific choices about how we spend our time will have numerous consequences, both immediate and delayed.