The Holiday Season is upon many of can we plan to manage better!

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Stella Marie
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   Posted 12/21/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
With the holidays upon many of us, this is an important time to remember not to over due it.  We all have a tendency to want to "have a stiff upper lip about our health" so we don't  seem like a burden or disappoinment to friends and family members.  The key to having the best holiday is to pace ourrselves.  We don't have to be super mom's and dad's, grandma's and grandpa's, aunt's and uncle's, husband, wives, or friends.
If we try not to over due any one event, just maybe we can last the season with the least amount of physical and emotional pain.  I for one, have lost (or better yet - drifted waway) a great munber or friends and relatives over the years because I was no longer able to keep up social activities. Because of this, sometimes I have a tendency to be a little sad.  So holidays can be very stressful on many levels. 
HW Chronic Pain is a group of great minds and alot of experience when it comes to pain and coping.  Let's go into the season with a plan to help us manage the best we can.  Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome. 
I hate to do it, but this year  my shopping was at the gift card rack.  I can not longer go store to store and look for the extra special gift for everyone.  I am trying to personalize eash gift card by attaching it to a ornament that reminded me of something special about each person or an event that happened to them last year.  So I ended up only going to a holiday store with ornaments and the gift card rack. 
Does anyone else have ideas to share that might help get us through the season with the least amount of stress, pain and guilt?  If so, please post them.....

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair


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   Posted 12/21/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are hosting the Christmas get together don't be afraid to ask your guests to bring a covered dish if you are planning a meal.
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   Posted 12/21/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
     My wife and I have decided to go one step further and send out e-cards this year. I can do it from bed, where I sepend most of my time. We found a wonderful site that has the most unique cards we have ever seen. The total cost was $18 for a two year use. Some of you have already recieved them, as I sent a few out early. I know many think it may be cheezy to send them, but we are starting to see several of being set to us as well, and the trend seems to be headed that way these days.

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   Posted 12/21/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
rest when you can~

try to do something for yourself everyday, like a hot bath, etc.
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   Posted 12/21/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
No matter what you do or how you do it have FUN!!!!!

If you are truly enjoying yourself it can distract you from your aches and pains.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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