Even when I swear I’m not going to do a thing all day I usually end up doing a lott. Mr. Comfortable has expressed his unhappiness with this because I only vow to take a day off when my pain level is quite high. If I push it too far I have to take time off because I can’t get out of bed. That ruins the whole idea of a day off since pain doesn’t make for a pleasant break. But I just enjoyed a luxurious lazy day and it didn’t cost me my spoons!
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For the last week I’ve been struggling with an impressive increase in pain in my spine and leg. This has made it hard to do all the things I need to do. I decided to take it easy in the kitchen but I have definitely been keeping busy.
This began as a post on how I made Stu the Duck into Teriyaki Duck with garlic rice. But, as I began cooking I realized that the way I was cooking dinner was far more important than the recipe. For those of us with chronic pain or illness cooking can be a daunting task. But it’s also important to us to serve delicious food to our families. I’ve come up with some tricks I use when I want to make a good meal but simply cannot cook a complicated, labor-intensive recipe.
Cooking When You’re in Pain
For those of you unfamiliar with The Spoon Theory it was the brainstorm of Christine Miserandino. It’s not actually a theory but a way of explaining to healthy people why those of us with chronic illness or chronic pain can’t always do everything we want to do. You can read The Spoon Theory here. A couple of days ago I ran out of spoons.
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It’s no fun when you can’t think the way you normally think. Brain fog is a frustrating condition brought on by many different conditions and even treatments for certain diseases! Whether you know it as chemo fog, fibro fog, pain fog or some other name brain fog is a real issue for many people.
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I have always loved to cook and bake. My spinal cord injury, along with a couple of conditions that developed as a result of being wheelchair bound for years, has meant I’ve had to make major changes to the way I do both. Cooking when you have chronic pain means you have to adapt.
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For the past 16 years, 2 months, and 17 days I’ve been in constant pain. I don’t mention this because I feel sorry for myself. It’s just the reality of my life since my spinal cord injury. I used to clean a lot. But cleaning when you have chronic pain or illness requires some adjustments in your thinking.
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My husband injured his back earlier this week. He said he turned slightly, twisting at his waist and he felt something “pop.” I hate seeing him in pain and it has caused more work for me and guilt for him. This is a very common occurrence for people all over the world and can cause a great deal of pain as well as other problems. The pain, medical costs, loss of work, and loss of recreation can seriously impact both the sufferer and the families of those who have back pain. So what can you do for back pain?
Since June of 2000 I’ve been, as I say, a professional cripple. So chronic pain is something I’ve become really well acquainted with. There are things I should know not to do but I do them anyway. A perfect example is this weekend. I was having a really bad flare up of pain but decided I needed to go blueberry picking with friends. Then I came home and harvested things in the garden. I should have been taking it easy but sometimes I just push myself too much.
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