Chronic Illness

Five Minute Friday – Easy

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Last week, I had to skip over our FMF time. I was having a really hard week, and the writing prompt was the word – easy. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling it. The last few weeks have been hard. This is the part that Annie overlooks when singing about the sun coming out… I didn’t feel like I had anything to share about “easy”.

However, I do – today. As a sufferer of chronic illness, I want to share a tool that has made my life easier.

Before I jump in to the one tool that has made my life easy, I want to share some information on Five Minute Friday. Each week, writers join together to write on a given prompt. Following our writings, we can come together and share on each other’s blogs. To learn more about FMF, click here. I have cherished each week I can join in this life-giving community!

My Mobile Tool –

A few years ago, I bought a beanbag on a whim. Turns out to be one of the best purchases I could make, for living a better life with chronic illness. It has really helped me in learning to live with Dysautonomia and POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). One of my chief complaints (symptom-wise) is fatigue and body weakness.

For these purposes, the beanbag helps. With Dysautonomia, a person’s energy level can fluctuate from low to extremely low. This is where my beanbag steps in. It helps with that. It’s so nice to not worry about trying to hold/carry things – in order to use my laptop or begin my Bible study. I can use my beanbag to help me do every day tasks more functionally.

How I Use It?

It is my mobile desk. I can use it to lay in bed, and do my Bible study. Or, use my laptop. It is huge, for helping me to be able to write. I can use it as a place to set my food, if I need to. That way, I am less likely to fumble and drop food everywhere in my room (it has happened, and it’s a nightmare to try and clean up on low energy).

It is my foot rest. It has become very helpful, in helping me to keep my legs elevated during the day and at night. With POTS, keeping legs elevated in helpful in reducing symptoms and taking care of my body.

I can sit on it. Not so hidden use for the beanbag, I know. ::Smiles::

Best Part –

It’s portable and light-weight, so I can grab-and-go. 

Even if I am low on energy, I can still grab and go. My beanbag doesn’t have to stay in my room. If I want to go hang out on the living room floor with a coloring book, note book, laptop, etc, I am free to do so. So, for me, my beanbag offers me something else – freedom.

Provision –

God has definitely provided by giving me my beanbag. It makes a big difference, especially on the days of body weakness. I don’t have to try to hold things on my lap – because I can use my beanbag to set my laptop, books, Bible, notebook, or food on.

It’s inexpensive (we paid between $10-20), but it gets used sooo much!! (Not a day goes by, where it is not utilized in some way.)

It makes my life soo much easier, just by adding a beanbag into my daily life routine.

What makes your life easier, when you begin to struggle with low energy and carrying things?

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