Is the Chronic Illness Diva Wrecking Your Life?
February 26, 2018 | Posted in: Chronic Life
Perhaps, like me, you have someone in your life that makes you want to pull your face off. Oh, did you think you were going on that super fun trip this weekend? They have a little something to say about that (it’s not an incredibly uplifting something, btw.) Were you planning on getting a few things done today, feeling productive? Think again, because this lady has plans to completely hijack your day. That’s right; chronic illness is a diva. Click To Tweet
She wants what she wants, and she will throw a fit.
Here are just a few areas this diva might be coming for:
Sleep Schedule: Remember once upon a time when you woke up in the morning feeling entirely well rested? I know, me neither. The chronic illness diva is here to wreck your sleep cycles. Did you think you were getting through the day without a nap (or three?)? Ha! You’re funny! This diva is going to throw herself on the floor and pitch a fit until you collapse in a heap on the bed and get the rest she wants. Did you think sleeping through the night was the cool thing to do? Nope. The diva wants to watch reruns of Law and Order: SUV at three a.m. and you don’t want to face the diva’s rage do you?
Diet: Were you not hungry for that? Well, guess what? Now you are. Your favorite food? Chronic illness diva doesn’t like it. No more of that for you. Remember that meal the diva told you you’d die without at lunchtime? She’s now decided to punch you in the gut as penance for it between the hours of two and six a.m. Did you eat that thing you love, but she told you not to eat again? Oh, you will pay! Just wait and see what she has in store for your joints tomorrow. The time you couldn’t move for a week was nothing compared to what she has in store for you this time!
Lifestyle: Do you love to travel on the spur of the moment? Are you a night owl? Is the gym your second home? Hold on; chronic illness diva needs a second to catch her breath she’s laughing so hard she can’t breathe. If you’ve tried to do anything on the spur of the moment, like take a shower, or go to the grocery store, since the diva showed up you’ve probably noticed she had something to say about that, too. The diva likes plenty of notice so she can wreck things at the last minute. She’s a peach, that one.
By now, most of us have decided chronic illness diva is the most challenging, least considerate roommate we’ve ever had. Is there any way to rein her in? Yes and no. She’ll always be a diva who wants what she wants. She’ll be harder to please at times than others for no apparent reason. But over time, we’ll learn her patterns and ways, what sets her off and how to calm her down when she’s gotten really worked up. We’ll also learn that sometimes if we placate her, we can gain a good bit of leverage, which sounds eerily similar to some of the real divas in my life.
What about you? What are your tips for dealing with the chronic illness diva?