Good morning! Today’s blog entry is going to be about living with chronic conditions. I have asthma, bipolar disorder, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Most of the time I manage pretty well with them and lead a relatively normal life. I try to schedule appts with my 4 health care professionals in the evenings, but much of the time that’s not possible and I need to take time off work. I hope to develop a work style with flexible hours so I can accommodate my conditions. Meanwhile, I am grateful to my team for letting me have time off, and making other accommodations.
Sometimes I have flareups. The latest is that I got a cold this week which is getting worse and I’m heading to the doctor this afternoon, after an appointment with a new gastroenterologist this morning. I plan to bundle up–it’s cold out there. I took the day off and made the doctor appointments for today. I hope to be feeling better soon.
One thing that has helped me is massage. I joined Massage Envy in Apple Valley last month; membership includes one massage each month with my monthly fee. Massage has virtually eliminated some back pain that I had and I am sleeping better as well.
Have a great day everyone! More later.