Catch up

After about three straight months of a higher level of pain and issues related to a stepped up pancreatitis attack, it’s time to tackle everything I’ve had to let slide. First up is deep cleaning my house because that’s the first thing I have to let go of when things get worse. (In case you’re wondering, I do still clean but things aren’t spotless.)

Along with cleaning comes organizing all the stacks of things I’ve got going on all over the place. Stack of things to file, clothes to put away or put into storage now that cooler weather has finally arrived and books I’ve finished. It accumulates quickly and after three months, I feel rather stressed looking at it. So, I will take care of all that while I feel better.

Of course, my better means my “normal” level of issues and pain. They never go away. So while these catching up things may sound trivial to a healthy person, they’re a big deal for me. Makes me so proud with every single thing I manage to complete.

And that is my challenge to you today. Do something, no matter how small, that makes you feel proud and happy. Even if it’s just getting out of bed in the morning! To some of us, that’s a big deal and I want to encourage you to do all you can in every single day. Chronic illness goes hand in hand with depression so if you can find joy in all the little things, you’ll be conquering depression a little at a time, also.

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Sandra Davenport Collins

Mother of three girls, two son-in-laws. Grandma to two boys and two girls along with four dogs and four cats. Living life fully with Chronic Pancreatitis and Fibromyalgia.

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