Moving + Holidays = Not a Great Idea

Living with chronic illness uses up a lot of spoons. As does moving. As do the holidays.

Putting them all together then isn’t a good idea.

And yet I did it anyway.

I do a lot of things anyway (like saying “yes” to “one more” project when my plate is already incredibly full, going to concerts, drinking beer, and staying up way too late on occasion) because life is too short to let a couple of diseases run how I live it, but this one may not have been my best call. Moving at Christmas is simply not an easy task. It takes a lot of spoons.

Calling to set up new services. Calling to cancel old ones. Packing. Reserving, picking up, loading, unloading, cleaning, and returning the U-Haul. Unpacking. Setting up. Decorating the tree, twice. Buying a fridge and food to fill it. Making said food.

It’s a lot of spoons, y’all. Just. A lot. 

Add the fact that both of my kids were out of school and underfoot in a new neighborhood with no friends, and I believe I must have been temporarily out of mind to agree to such a thing. Surely.

I did take ten days off of work to accomplish the task, which made me optimistically believe I could survive the month of December without triggering a migraine flare. Of course, that didn’t happen. I ran out of spoons on about the third day and spent a great deal of my vacation trying to do everything I needed to do while feeling nauseous, dizzy, and like I wanted to bash my head in with whatever was close at hand.

Thankfully, this has passed. We’re settled now, and things — including my brain — are starting to regain some sense of balance. Mostly.

One of the things that happen when I experience a severe migraine flare is that my right arm acts up. It gets weaker and sometimes chooses to ignore the tasks my brain assigns to it. It also hurts.

Thankfully, I found something that helps the nerve pain: the Salonpas products. A while back, the company sent me some free samples for my review on this blog (full disclosure). I don’t generally put too much stock into such items because I’ve been duly unimpressed with almost as many free trials as I’ve been given, but these were different. These — especially the lidocaine cream and patches — worked.

I’m still using the products because my migraine hasn’t completely returned to baseline yet, and my hand and arm are still wreaking havoc on my ability to type, cook, and bathe. Since I also gave a sample to a relative with fibromyalgia (who says it’s helping her, too) and I’m almost out, I’ll be ordering some soon to add to my migraine toolkit. You know, for when I — inevitably — run out of spoons.

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