Chronic illness made me old

Theoretically I’m 30, but I’m really an 80 year old.

– My knees make loud creaking noises when I bend them, loud enough for other people to hear. Stairs are my nemesis. If I lived in a two story house I would need an elevator. 
– I was invited to a social gathering this week that started at 8:00 pm. I didn’t go because it was too late. Sleeping is difficult for me and so it involves a long and tedious routine to prepare for it, which still doesn’t always work. I have to start my routine around 9:00 if I want to get to bed at a decent time. I’m 30 years old and any activity that starts after 7:00 is too a late for me. It wasn’t that long ago that my night started at 9:00 pm! 
– My hands are always shaking and I have a hard time gripping things. 
– I’m cranky and annoyed at people who are fit and active.
– I do yoga for old people because regular yoga is too hard on my joints. Seriously, it’s called “Yoga for Arthritis.” 
– I wear arthritis gloves to help with the pain of using my hands. Yep, a 30 year old wearing arthritis gloves. I’ve always wanted to be a trendsetter. 
– I have no brain power thanks to fibro fog/ lyme brain and so it is difficult for me to grasp new concepts, especially new technology. This is what I get for being frustrated at old people who couldn’t learn how to double click when I taught a community computer class. Now I’m the one complaining they changed Windows again and I can’t figure out how to do anything. 
– Loud noises give me headaches and cause sensory issues. I want to yell at the obnoxious teenagers that live on our street and blast their horrible music. Stupid young people. 
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4 thoughts on “Chronic illness made me old

  1. I hear ya! Maybe we can tape the sound of our creaking knees ( my ankles, hips and shoulders too) and put together a symphonic treasure. My creaking knees were not ideal for a night nurse to have. Oh the stories!

  2. LOL. I'm 38 and feel the same. However, I've found that even my healthy friends the same age won't go out after 7. If we aren't already out eating dinner by 7 there's no way we are leaving the house that late.

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