Mommy In Pain – Attending Kids Sporting Events With Chronic Pain
Mommy in Pain – Attending Kids Sporting Events With Chronic Pain – It’s hard to believe my kids have been playing sports for 13 years! I think they have covered most by playing; basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, football, and even track. This year has been a little different with my oldest off to college, but the busy Fall season is upon us. My youngest is currently doing volleyball, and my son is doing his senior year of football.
They were all active before I became sick and I promised myself I would find a way to not let my illness interfere with their ability to do after school activities. With that being said, they also understand that I can not be at all their events and they do appreciate it when I can be there. Because it’s my sons senior year, I’m really trying to make it to more games than usual and have found the only way to do this is to be prepared (as much as you can with Michigan’s weather).
Here are a few things I bring when attending kids sporting events with chronic pain:
- A stadium/bleacher seat – A stadium seat is a fold up cushioned chair that has a back on it. It works for the bleachers both indoors and outdoors and have become my personal life saver. Without it, just 15 minutes on those hard bleachers leaves me in pain for next couple days.
- Umbrella and poncho – I have one with me at all times. Here in Michigan the weatherman seems to get the forecast wrong a lot and the last thing I need is to be soaked and cold, which will spike my pain.
- Layers of clothes and a blanket – As soon as the sun sets it starts getting really cold and sitting up on the outside bleachers always seems to be some sort of breeze.
- Wear comfortable shoes – Ones with a good grip are preferred when going up one or two sets of bleachers, also it’s a walk to get from the parking lot to the field.
- Hand warmers and stretchy soft gloves – As the football season gets later in the Fall season things really start to get cold. Keeping my hands warm are very important with my pain condition.
- Break thru medication – I always have my break thru meds with me because with chronic pain, it doesn’t care that you have plans and it will rear its ugly head whenever it feels like it.
- A small snack and drink – Most places have a concession stand, but I can not battle the crowd and if I don’t have someone to do the running, I will just go with out. I may end up needing something when taking my break thru meds so I always pack something just in case.
- Pack for your younger children – Thankfully my kids are older now, but I used to bring something for them to do (coloring book, a small toy) and a snack and drink. They didn’t always want to sit and watch the game and this helped a ton.
I hope some of these things can help, obviously you will not need all these items for an indoor event. I always tried to rest the day of their game and I did a lot of car pooling for practices. If I planned on making it to a game and couldn’t because I was hurting too bad, I just reminded myself that my kids understood and I had someone record the game for me.