How Everyday Tasks Become a Struggle with Fibromyalgia

How Everyday Tasks Become a Struggle with Fibromyalgia
I struggle with many things that wouldn't have been on my radar a decade ago. Being healthy can lead to taking things for granted. The world begins to shrink when you gradually lose the ability to do things. I used to keep a clean home, even when my children were small. I dusted and cleaned the bathrooms weekly and made sure spring and fall cleaning were done. I actually enjoyed cleaning. Now, dusting one room wipes me out for hours. I'm grateful that my husband has taken over all the cleaning. Otherwise, my home would be a disaster. I am able to do the laundry. Even if I'm too tired to take clothes out of the dryer that day, the next day I feel well enough, I'll put the dryer on "wrinkle release," fold the clothes, and then put them away. I mostly wear comfy dresses, so there's not much folding to do. Whew! Dressing can be another challenge. When the bursitis in my shoulder flares, my husband must help me because I'm unable to lift one or both arms. It's especially difficult in the winter when I have to wear a coat. I must be mindful of putting my incapacitated arm into the coat first. At times, I feel like a child that requires someone's help to get dressed and to tie my shoes. Walking used to be my favorite exercise, and I took long walks to help me relax and to give me time to think and to pray without distractions. These days, if I walk too much, not only do I tire easily, but also my right arthritic hip begins to hurt. Before I know it, I'm limping. I'm thankful for my medical devices that enable me to function on incredibly
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