Even Grocery Shopping Requires Preparation

Even Grocery Shopping Requires Preparation
Christine Tender Points Grocery stores are not designed for people with fibromyalgia. For years I shopped at the same store – not because the food or the selection was better than anywhere else. It was because I had learned where in the store each item was located. To the average customer, that information is only interesting. To me, with a finite amount of energy each day, it was necessary. With that knowledge, I could calculate what I needed, how much walking it would take to get what I needed, and weigh that against my energy level. I could make an informed decision about whether grocery shopping was doable that day. And then everything changed. In grocery store parlance, it’s called a reset. For the average customer, it probably made sense, given the number of new products and even new categories of products that have recently become available. But for me, it spelled disaster. Each trip now includes wandering up and down the aisles to locate the items I need or searching for a clerk to guide me in the right direction. In the process, I’m wasting precious energy I could have used to prepare a meal or wash a load of clothes later that day. Now the amount of energy required to shop is only a guess. After a few recent excursions, I considered myself fortunate if I had enough strength left to put away the things I bought. Although I live in southern California, I dress for a northeast winter day when I shop. Why do they keep the
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