Sunday, January 22, 2012
Making the Most of It
There are days I think about all the things I have lost after getting sick. As you can imagine, thinking about it makes me madder than a dog on the wrong side of the door. It doesn’t matter what door, they just want to go through all closed door and well, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that I do my best to think about what I still have to avoid getting upset, and work around the obstacles in my life to make the most out of everything. Like a lot of you I have more problems than my gastrointestinal tract’s fickleness and it adds to my limitations. One of them is muscle weakness that waxes and wanes a bit. Because of that one of the things I have lost was my favorite hobby, running. I love walking, but it gets boring and there is only so much time I can spend in the gym on an elliptical trainer. If I don’t like doing something I won’t do it, and using the excuse of having to pay for parking at the gym allows me to rationalize not going.
I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about. DTP can change your life dramatically. Dealing with the daily nausea, vomiting, bloating, pain and the weakness that goes along with malnutrition is tiring. It is easy to sit back and start to blend in with the couch. But, sitting around doing nothing is the easiest way to get weaker, and to just plain feel horrible all the time. The best thing we can do is find a way around our limitations and stay active. Even if it is just mentally active by doing things like reading, doing volunteer work out of your home, making crafts, etc. You’d be surprised what you can do, and how much help you can be to others even if you are homebound. You just have to figure out the best way to go about it so you can make the most out of your life by enriching it.