Getting Ready with Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illnesses certainly exert a significant impact on our bodies, in multiple diverse ways. Personally, it has considerably extended the amount of time required for me to get ready each morning.

This morning, as I was getting ready for the day, I thought about all of the extra steps that have been added to my normal routine, directly a result of needing to manage multiple chronic illnesses.

First, there were a total of nine prescription medications to take, plus an inhaled nasal steroid to administer. In addition, I gave myself my Copaxone injection.

I also drank a couple of cups of coffee, since my sleep medication typically causes me to feel rather groggy the following morning. I know that I am addicted to caffeine. It allows me to feel more awake, as well as mentally sharper.

I inserted bifocal contact lenses, since I am severely nearsighted. I also inserted a pair of custom made orthotics into my shoes. Importantly, I also made sure to wear a pad for bladder incontinence.

I needed to remove facial hair, a result of having taken high doses of predisone, for a period of several years. I also needed to literally draw on my non-existent eyebrows. I lost nearly all of my eyebrow hair due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, as well as having had multiple chemotherapy infusions.

I spent time carefully applying a variety of cosmetics, meant to artfully convey the illusion of health, where it actually doesn’t exist. I actually enjoy this part of my morning routine, since it’s an expression of creativity for me.

In addition, I peruse my wardrobe to find clothing that I hope flatters my currently much-fuller figure. I’ve gained a substantial amount of weight, for a wide variety of reasons.

My highly recurrent subglottic stenosis has prevented me from being able to exercise on a consistent basis. Many of the prescription medications that I take are associated with weight gain, too. This has been a distrastous combination.

So, there you have it. After completion of all of these steps, I’m finally ready to leave my house for teaching my General Psychology class this afternoon.

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