Better Communication Thanks to Fibromyalgia
I recently realized that having fibromyalgia has made The Helpful Hubby and I better communicators. The years of practice we’ve had working around the difficulties of communicating with fibromyalgia have helped us to understand each others needs, even when we can’t use words. This became apparent to me lately because now that we have a baby there are times when we need to keep our voices down or aren’t able to speak to keep from waking or disturbing The Boisterous Boy. In those situations we’ll often use hand or head gestures or whisper to communicate something we need the other person to do.
Most of my practice with this type of communication comes from dealing with fibro fog. There were times that fibro fog prevented me from thinking of a word so I pointed at things instead. That or I’d play word charades, trying to get The Helpful Hubby to figure out the word I was trying to recall and say. (Read my post about it) There were also times where my senses were overwhelmed and I couldn’t think of or communicate cohesive thoughts very well. This also happens when I am taking pain killers. (Read my post about it)
You may be wondering how me having a hard time communicating could have made me understand The Helpful Hubby any better. Well, through us communicating like this he has unintentionally learned my style of communication. So, now when he’s trying to tell me something using gestures or just a few words he naturally does it in ways he knows I’ll more easily understand.
This observation may not seem like much, but I like to celebrate any of the ways I realize that fibromyalgia has enriched my life. It’s so easy to notice the things fibromyalgia makes more difficult, so it’s joyous when I have moments like these that I stumble upon.
Have you ever noticed that your fibromyalgia has improved how you communicate with someone?
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