Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I wrote this post eleven days ago. I usually let my posts rest for a day before editing them and putting them up on the blog. I never accomplished this task because my body went into pain mode of a pretty big flare-up. I would love to say that I have handled the set back with grace, but alas, I became pretty grumpy by this past weekend. Yesterday, I actually woke up with about five hours’ worth of energy. We will see how today is going. I am counting down the days in March. Seven!!! Of course, I will struggle a little in April, but not as much.
The last couple of years I have developed a hatred for the month of March. Last year when I realized I dreaded the inevitable coming of the third month, I wondered why. I mean, I love spring. March, many times, brings warmer weather, birds, and shoots of green. In fact, this afternoon on my way to the mailbox, I saw sprouts emerging from my poppy. All of this should bring me joy. I love to garden and I can begin my work when the temps are in their forties: raking, trimming, and cleaning. Yet, the end of April rolls around and I find I haven’t done a thing and am already behind in the gardening curve.
Tonight I worked on my second load of dishes for the day. I have not had an ounce of energy for the past four days and I was determined to get the four days worth of dishes done. I was also determined to get my bed made which I normally do every day but haven’t accomplished since about Monday. Yes, I have been thankful that all the clouds rolling in through the valley haven’t caused me any pain, but it has caused my body fighting fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, leaving me doing the bear minimums of taking care of my daughter. Since I didn’t have to drive her anywhere, in between rest periods, I have worked on cleaning. As my back growled at me for standing up too long and my hands enjoyed the warmth of the dish water, I watched more clouds roll into the valley from the west. The reason for hating March dawned on me.
The change of weather causes me to ache and/or have no energy. March is one of our most fluctuating times of the year and leaves me completely drained. Now I need to take this knowledge and come up with a plan to make the month more enjoyable. Hum, this is going to be a challenge. How do you make a month enjoyable when your energy is completely drained? How do you entertain yourself when you feel like a zombie? I should work on my reading list so I can answer those crazy quizzes and get 90 of 100 instead of 36, kidding, as if I need more to read. I have over 70 books on my list as it is.
Anyway, I am glad I finally figured out the problem with March. For the rest of the month, I will work at a better attitude and find the little pleasures as my body is buffeted by the changing barometric readings. I will grasp my good days with abundant activity. On the bad days, I will putter around the house while crocheting and reading. Instead of fighting the inevitable, I will embrace the journey.
Is there a month you struggle with? How do you get through the rough spots?