Most every year there is that one special event for which I cross my fingers and hope I will be able to attend. Some years it works out, as it did four years ago when I attended a small get-together at my neighbors’ house. Other years it does not, such as two years ago, when I missed my eldest niece’s wedding.
While the status of my health is the deciding factor, I forget that other issues come into play, too, such as last year when my husband and I were offered tickets to see the Washington Nationals baseball team play. It rained the entire day.
This year, we once again were offered tickets to a baseball game next month. As a big Nationals fan, naturally I am excited about the prospect. Before the Nationals were formed, or rather, before Major League Baseball brought the team back to the D.C. area in 2005, I went to see the Baltimore Orioles play. While my husband has been to the Nationals’ ballpark twice, it will be a new adventure for me. I will be full of excitement, but I also have to implement certain measures that cater to my illness.
I already have reviewed the map (noting ramps, elevators, and restrooms) and thoroughly questioned my husband on the type of seating (type of chairs, leg room, etc.), as well as the amount of walking from Metrorail and the amount of travel time. I have taken time to denote the various eateries, something I would normally do to avoid the standard routine we play of, “What do you want to eat? I don’t know, what do YOU want to eat?”
I ordered a cool pad and wrist wraps from Amazon. Thankfully, the highly rated ones were inexpensive and an item I can use them throughout the summer to fend off the burning pain of fibromyalgia syndrome. As a backup, I also plan to bring medicine should burning pain or escalated pain emerge from extensive walking and riding.
The specific day chosen to attend is during one of my husband’s days off, so both of us can enjoy the game and not worry about his early morning rise the next day. It also helps because I will undoubtedly need to sleep most of the next day, and he will be able to spend most of the day with Samee, our puppy who is now 10 months old.
Most people planning a special event scour their closets to find just the right outfit. This is for looks. But for those of us with a chronic illness, comfort and accessibility overrule. Having sadly given away years ago my suits, dresses, and some of my pants and jeans, my main outfits now consist of yoga leggings, shorts, and T-shirts. Since I don’t like excess material, I like form-fitting pants and soft cotton shirts. One of the reasons for loose-fitting clothing is that it sometimes allows me to avoid wearing a bra. In the past, I loved the opportunity to wear one of my pretty Victoria’s Secret bras. Today, they are nothing more than pretty pieces of binding cloth. I have traded most for bralettes and unlined bras.
That said, all that remains is hoping for good weather that is stable for a couple of days beforehand. While I can remain optimistic, there is little I can do outside of that. I can only prepare to reduce stress and energy depletion. Since it is an evening game, that gives me time to rest and try to temper any emerging symptoms.
One aspect I learned early on is that on good days, I must enjoy them to the fullest. Yes, there will be a crash-and-burn effect afterward, but for me, it is worth having had a day that brings me joy. I just hope that all the moons align themselves correctly so that I can attend the game.
Wish me luck!
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