Maureen at Mo Is Blogging…I Think writes her list of things she has accepted will never be the same and how she deals with this change at http://moisbloggingithink.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/love-me-the-way-i-am/.
As for my own personal favorite and most-useful coping mechanisms:
- Taking a hot bath. I find harsh temperature changes too much to deal with though, so I start by plugging the bathtub and then sit in the shower for awhile. Once my body gets used to the heat, I fill the rest of the bathtub with warmer water
- Watching good movies/bad tv/reading. Unfortunately, the more sick I feel and the more pain I am in, the less attention I can commit to this endeavor. I’m thinking I might start trying to get my hands on some audiobooks soon.
- I have a very restricted diet. I have Celiac Disease and something that is resembling gastroparesis. Since I eat only soft food, I will try to have a special treat of dark chocolate and a nice cheese throughout the course of the day so it feels a little more special.
- Trying to daydream my way through the pain. Or dreaming of eating some of the foods I can’t eat. Or taking vacations. Anything to help me cope with my limitations.
- When REALLY sick, I plug in my iPod and just try to lay still and let the music distract my brain from the pain.
- Pills. I know this is a bad coping skill (habit), but I often see no other options. When everything else has failed and you are too uncomfortable to consider that continuing living is a reasonable option, you take some pills. I do what I have to do to survive.