I’m back after a couple of weeks in Miami celebrating the holiday of Sukkot. I had a wonderful time spending the holiday with dear friends. As you know, I didn’t post my weekly blog last week as I wasn’t feeling well. Normally, I need a couple of days of recuperation, and this was no different; however, during those couple of days I became ill as well. Let me be honest, I’m still not feeling too hot (so I apologize if the quality of this blog isn’t up to the other ones.). I’ve had a bad headache since last Tuesday (I came home last Monday) and have some other unpleasant symptoms that I won’t subject you to. I didn’t want to leave you hanging so I’ve decided to write something brief. =)
As you know, I’ve recently published an ebook called Finding Your Faith Within Fibromyalgia: A Guide to the Jewish Holidays. (Here’s a hint, if you click on the title of the book, you can download your very own FREE copy. - I highly recommend it, but I’m biased. =) ) I’m grateful for those of you that have downloaded it and especially those who have given me some feedback. It’s all appreciated!
I wanted to write about my experience with this holiday that I spent in Miami. Like I said above, I had a wonderful time but that’s because I (with the help of my dear friend) planned so that I could participate in the observance of the holiday. I was able to observe the laws and customs of the holiday while using needed accommodations for my fibromyalgia. Last year, I also went to Miami. I realized the only way I could go to pray in the synagogue was if I had a wheelchair as the walk was too long for me. I asked my friend if she would mind pushing me and she was kind enough to do so. So, this year, in planning my trip. I asked my friend again. She, of course (and I say of course because she is always so kind and giving), said yes. We made sure to get the wheelchair and my friend willingly pushed me to and from synagogue as well as to and from friends houses for meals. Her husband and friends helped as well.
For the most part, I’ve been able to read the signs my body was giving me. So, I knew that in the instances that I pushed myself too far last year, not to do this year. Even though I am on a strict sleeping schedule (from a sleep specialist), when I felt tired and/or overwhelmed, I would take a nap or stay in the bedroom I was sleeping in and read. On days where I was feeling extra tired or dealing with some pain, I opted to stay home instead of joining my friend and her family to synagogue and friends’ houses. As much as I had a wonderful time away, enjoyed swimming in the pool in October, towards the last 2 days or so I was ready to come home. I missed my bed, my recliner and my friends. However, while sitting in the airport and reflecting on my trip, I already knew that I was ready to go back and visit again in the near future.
As MY coach says, “Some things are flare worthy.” This one definitely was.
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I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.