I haven’t posted much about lupus in quite a while. I’ve felt like I’ve been managing it well truthfully. Aside from weather being a constant factor that I cannot control, everything else seems like “Yeah! I’ve got this!”
But lately, I haven’t been in control. Lupus affects so much of my mood, energy, and the most obvious, pain all over my body.
Recovering from physical injuries is so much harder on my body than I anticipated it would be. I do chiro care, physical therapy, and on a monthly basis for now, massage therapy too. None of it is easy, and it requires a lot of my time, energy, and finances.
My physical fitness journey this year has been amazing and I’ve been so happy with the changes I’ve made. But my injury back in mid-February has set me back so much I haven’t been able to do the same amount of work that I had been doing at the beginning of the year.
There are times when I am at my PT session where I just want to break down and cry. I feel so weak. I feel frustrated that I haven’t been able to recover faster than I have been. Just the month before my injury I could do 5 times as much work than I can do now.
I’m happy I’m improving, but it’s so hard to not compare myself to things I was able to do recently.
I feel incompetent at times.
From the things I used to be able to do at the gym, to daily chores at home. Even my ability to be a decent wife and parent.
I’ve had to be at so many appointments lately that my daughter made a comment to my sister in law saying how she wishes I wasn’t so busy because she misses me.
I’m a stay at home mom and I’ve been so busy lately my daughter misses me. How is that even possible?! *heart shatters into a million pieces*
I’m not a perfect person and I own that.
I own my flaws.
I own my mistakes.
But to own my shortcomings as a parent, now that is still a hard pill to swallow.
I know this is a lot of word vomit, but I need to get it off my chest, all of this.. and I hope that at least one person that ends up reading this knows they’re not alone in feeling defeated by life in their current situation.
I don’t have all of the answers for myself, yet. But I can say this:
Recognizing that I am struggling helps me a lot.
Recognizing I’m not alone tells me that I’m not the worst person on the planet because we are HUMAN and there is always hope that things will get better.
The best advice I can give to myself for now is to appreciate/maximize the time I do spend with my kids so that they know without a doubt that I love them.
To be more open with my husband about how I feel because I can tell all of this takes a toll on him too, especially when he doesn’t know that this is what I’m going through.
To reinforce safety to those I love and why we need to be kind to our bodies in every way possible so that stuff like this doesn’t happen or so that recovery can be much easier.
Self care is a huge thing everyone should be on top of. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. Our examples of self care will go far. It’ll break the negative stigma around needing to care for yourself.
We can’t be there for others if we can’t be there for ourselves.
I’m not asking for a pity party here. My purpose in writing this has been made complete with just one person understanding it’s okay to feel defeated at times. That feeling like this.. they are not alone.
All I can say now is to hang in there.
We got this.
Things will get better.
Life will improve.
We just have to keep trying and allow it the opportunity to come through for us.
We can do it…even when we can’t. 💜
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I am sorry, living with chronic illness…it changes everything. If you are interested, I run a chronic pain support group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/423461581151866/ having people who really understand can be very helpful. ❤
Another thing, my Naturopathic Dr put me on the ketogenic diet about a year ago, to help with widespread body pain, inflammation and joint pain. I have noticed a real difference. I don't have lupus, fibro/sjogrens/ME and traumatic back injury. The effect chronic injury/illness has on our families is huge. My daughter is 17, I got hurt when she was 8. If you'd like to talk about how it's affected her, and our relationship. Feel free to send me a message. Mostly, I just want to you to know you aren't alone. ❤
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Thank you Lena! That’s actually part of my fitness journey. The food portion has been doing keto! It has definitely helped but this is the part that even when I can control some elements, some others I cannot and it sucks not having control.
But I will definitely search up the group! 💜💜💜
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