Day four of not leaving home and spending most of my time in bed. I slipped and fell in the bathroom last Sunday. Thankfully, no dislocations or major injuries (I’m guessing) but my body is in a bit of shock. My right side took the most impact, mainly my hip, my right knee, elbow and wrist. As expected, there’s some bruising and inflammation around the impacted areas and there is a deep ache in the surrounding muscles which doesn’t seem to reduce no matter what.
In the last three weeks, I’ve had two wisdom teeth extracted, a terrible allergy attack and then a fall in bathroom. All in all, pain is out the roof, fatigue is at its worst and all that gives me a bit of relief is using ice packs, staying horizontal as much as possible and doing my rituals to remain sane. I’m a strong believer of having personal rituals to remain grounded through the unpredictability of life. I’ve got soooo many things coming up from next week! It’s bloody exciting!
As usual, I’m practising being as present as possible, which means really grounding myself into what is NOW and taking it one hour at a time. I’m giving myself what I call “forceful rest” where I make sure to rest even if I don’t want to. I don’t want to because my mind doesn’t want to. It always wants to do more.
When I go into the “forceful rest” mode, I make sure I listen to the needs of my body and let everything else adjust accordingly. I’ve noticed that for me to recover from unexpected trauma like that, rest and sleep is of utmost importance.
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EDS may be a big part of my journey but it isn’t everything ❤️
I’m starting to see how this illness is a vehicle for me to look inwards, to become a better person and to live a more fulfilled life.
I’m not grateful for the pain I experience but I’m definitely grateful for the lessons and blessings that have come along with being made out of faulty collagen.
The more I accept this illness and the body that I’m in, the more I realise that I am more. That I am whole despite the brokenness that often follows an illness.
I’d like to believe that as I continue to do the work I need to do for my own healing, I am more equipped to offer the same to the world. One thing is for sure, I’m learning to own this illness but I’ll never let the illness own me.
Love to all
Zoodles after a makeover :)
I’m finally able to eat a bit of solid food after two wisdom teeth extractions over a week ago. For the last 9 days, I’ve been surviving on ice cream (4 medium tubs), puréed rice and soups (without any spice) at room temperature. You have no idea how relieved I was to find zucchini out here. It made my day. If there’s anyone who can live on zoodles of all kinds that’s me 🙋🏼♀️
They are so versatile, I’ve used them in stirfry, salads, Italian sauces, Asian soup noodles etc. As for the peanut sauce, I usually prefer making it from scratch but I could do with some extra energy for myself so I went with peanut butter as the base, added coriander, spring onions, garlic powder and a bit of chilli and soy sauce to make it into this delicious sauce! Alright, that’s all for today. Have a great week ahead!
So the pain and sensitivity due to 2 extractions (which required the dentist to drill through the bone) has reduced slightly, now that it’s a week since the surgery. Unfortunately, I see no difference in the swelling since the last three days. There was a significant decrease in swelling after the 4th day but nothing since then.
I’ve attempted to eat a little more than just soups. Mostly soft food items but I figured I’d rather stick with soups for a couple more days. Anything but soups or puréed food has been making pain and sensitivity much worse, which, obviously I could do without.
As a matter of fact, with EDS, we know that any form of healing takes much longer than what is expected. Unfortunately, sometimes it gets to you and makes you a little impatient, mainly because of the extended period of rest and recovery time starts to affect the rest of your routine etc.
On a positive note, I’ve started strengthening during physiotherapy once again. I had taken one entire week of any strengthening exercises and focused mostly on trigger point and fascia release. I needed to make sure the rest of my body is functioning to its best while I have my extractions some time to heal.
I hope everyone’s having a great Monday!
Lots of love to all