How to survive others illnesses when you have a chronic illness

That title is kind of a mouthful isn’t it?

I wrote a post last year about how to survive someone else’s illness when you have a chronic illness. Well this is probably part two of that post. My son had surgery last week to remove his tonsils and adenoids and put tubes in his ears. We went through a similar surgery with my daughter last year, but this one was much harder for me.

Considering the surgery he went through, he was bounced back fairly fast, just not as fast as his sister did. We are seven days post surgery and he is in a lot of pain, but he refuses to take pain medication. He’s also having a hard time with the food restrictions, popsicles just aren’t as good when you’re allowed to have one every couple hours. He’s no longer falling for the “you are so special you get to have popsicles and ice cream while we have to eat normal food” argument and is now throwing tantrums about not being allowed to eat his favorite foods.

I am exhausted.

You’d think I’d get to sit on the couch all day and watch TV, but no such luck.

On the best of days my son is not an easy kid, but surgery has not improved his disposition any. Taking care of someone recovering from surgery when you have a chronic illness is rough. My body requires regular sleep and easy exercise, none of which it is getting right now. The good news is that everything should go back to normal in a few weeks, but I once again find myself wondering how other people with chronic illnesses do it. So many people find themselves as a primary caregiver for someone who is ill while having their own chronic illness. I just don’t know how they survive. It’s so hard to take care of your body when you are taking care of someone else.

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