Fibro Feelings – Holiday Gratitude
My holiday week has been filled with seeing family and friends, some of which I haven’t been able to see in quite awhile. I really enjoyed seeing everyone, but am definitely ready for a nap! Hehe! Have I mentioned that I have the best aunt, ever? She traveled to our Christmas celebration, bringing Christmas cookies with her, as she usually does. She brought ~5 goodies and she made sure to make all of them soy-free, just to be sure I could eat them all! She read label after label even, being sure to find some soy-free rolls for me for our holiday meal. I would never have expected her to do this for me, but her love is surely appreciated! This is even the first time that she has seen me since I found out about my soy sensitivity.
I’m so blessed by receiving quite a few gifts that would be considered fibromyalgia friendly – like a gift certificate for a massage at Massage Envy, a StrapaHandle, a Package Opener/Cutter and a Kindle Keyboard 3G. I’m thinking I’ll use the massage during the first couple weeks of January to loosen up from the holiday craziness and hopefully reduce the leg pain I get from my hip issues. I plan on using the StrapAHandle for Costco runs and then I’ll probably just keep it in the car, so I have it anytime I’d need it. I always hear people online raving about their Kindles and now I understand why! It really is so much lighter than holding a book and no fussing with keeping the book pages open to read it. Overall, it is just a lot easier on the hands and wrists. Once I use all these things a little more I’ll give you guys an update on what I think of them.
This week I’ve also been reminded to be thankful for the health that I do have. One of our family friends spent Christmas and the days surrounding it in two different hospitals. At one point she was on a ventilator, taken off all of her medications to re-figure out what she really needed and what may be exaggerating issues and then she found out that she has E. coli. Sometimes it is hard to think positively about your health when you have so many diagnoses and stuff going on, but really, people can have it so much worse. It is because of this that I am grateful for my health.
What are your favorite or fibro-friendly holiday gifts?
*Image Credit: from www.flickr.com by Aine D