6 Tips To Make The Holidays Easier With Chronic Pain
6 Tips To Make The Holidays Easier With Chronic Pain Like RSD/CRPS
1) Try and take a weekend getaway with your family – We try and get away (just for weekend) every year around this time. Last year we went to the Grand Ole Opry to experience a little bit of Christmas. Yes, we had to push our daughter around in a wheelchair through massive amounts of people but it was worth it. This year we are taking a weekend trip to Indianapolis to see a football game. We can’t do anything to expensive, but having a little something to look forward to helps.
2) Get out and do things – I know that is easier said than done with RSD/CRPS. However, at least make the effort. There were times that my daughter and I tried to do thing and when we got there we had to turn around and go back home. However, we got there.
3) Have a Support System – The worse thing you can do is sit at home wanting to do things and wanting people to do them with. Make plans with people you know will be there for you. I would always try and include my daughter’s friends with us wherever we went. And, she is not a child she is 20, however I knew it was rough for her to get out, especially to the mall, so when we went shopping I brought them to.
4) Have people over your house – Even if your house is trashed. Before this started my house was spotless. However, sometimes you have to know when to punt. So I punted on the having the perfect house. Things are everywhere, however, that does not keep me from having people over or my daughter’s friends over.. They understand..
5) Let people understand that you are short on money – We decided last year enough was enough and we just couldn’t do it anymore. We let everybody know and we only bought gifts for the kids. It was way more relaxing.
6) The last tip I have is to keep things on hand (I would always make sure I had the following):
- A wheelchair that was accessible or a roller scooter. Yes it was better if my Daughter walked as much as she could. However, I wanted her to enjoy the holiday season. If that meant I pushed her around so she could enjoy it longer, that meant I pushed her around.
- A checklist of meds: especially if you are taking a trip.
- A heated blanket: (I found it very helpful to take my daughter’s heated blanket wherever we went because her foot would get so cold) You can even get heated blankets that plug into the cigarette lighters in your car. I suggest you get one. (Check the wattage first)
- Slippers (keep an extra pair in your car)
- Microwavable slippers and a Tupperware container. (If you have RSD in your feet you know the pain of how cold they could get) I got my daughter a pair of slippers (lavender scent) that heat up and use moist heat when microwaved. We would pull over in the gas station and put the slippers in the Tupperware container and microwave them. Then she would wear them in the car on road trips. If she needed them again we would heat them back up at the next gas station. Yes, people looked at us funny but we didn’t care.
- A portable fan that switches over to a heater. Yes, you never know which one you need. One minute she has the fan directed toward her foot, then the next she will turn the heat.. (Warning: Keep it a good distance from the affected area).
- A good snow suit. Yes my daughter is 20, however, why can’t she go out in the snow and enjoy it’s beauty. We keep a snow suit on hand so she can bundle up and at least go outside (even if it is two seconds).
What tips to make the holidays easier with chronic pain have you found?
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