Checklist Instructions: When you figure out you’re having a flare, go through this checklist. Figure out all the things you need help with, then recruit caregiver assistance if available. If no assistance is available, try to get all these things in place for yourself, understanding that this work will probably take longer and/or be more painful than usual. Be patient with yourself.
Don’t panic, and try to be compassionate with yourself. Try not to add to your bad luck by feeling guilty or beating up on yourself.
If you have plans for today, can you follow through? If not, have you contacted everyone who’s impacted?
Have you had all your meds?
Are there any extra meds you should take, given how you feel? Make sure you aren’t taking more than was prescribed by your doctor. Doing so can lower your pain tolerance, increase your medication tolerance, and ultimately make your pain worse.
Have you had enough water?
Have you had enough food? If not, think of what you want that you have on hand or can have delivered/brought to you.
Do you have enough water, food, and medication nearby to get you through any time without a caregiver present?
Are you icing, heating or taking a warm bath up to every 2 hours (a minimum of three times a day)? If you have any self-massage techniques that help your pain, have you tried them yet? If you prefer ice over heat, know that ice massage can often be more useful than cold packs for situations like these.
Do you have a doctor or other healthcare provider you should reach out to for advice and/or comfort?
Are the right lights on or off, and the right doors and windows closed or open? Do you need more or less pillows? Pay attention to your physical environment, and what could make it more comfortable.
Are you warm or cool enough? If not, do you need blankets or air conditioning or the thermostat changed?
If you are using any portable electronic devices, do you have all your chargers nearby and plugged in?
Is there anything else in the house that you’re craving?
Do you know how to meditate? Do you have favorite meditation/grounding techniques? If you can’t guide yourself through meditation, do you have a meditation CD or mp3 to guide you? Deep breathing, relaxation, and distraction are just some of the potentially beneficial results of meditation.
When are you going to do some stretches? If you’re up to it, when are you going to do a little walk around the house and possibly even some light strengthening exercises? Light yoga or tai chi (adapted to your physical needs) can be good for these situations, to relax and get some gentle exercise. Listen to your body and respect its limits, but know that sitting completely still/ relaxing all day can actually make pain worse.
This is a time when you should do nice things for yourself, and also when distractions can really help. Do you have your phone/ computer/ book/ cuddly animals/ other entertainment nearby? Do you want to try to recruit enjoyable and supportive company (even if it’s just to talk to on the phone)? Is there a song, movie, book or website guaranteed to make you smile?
If you need help and it’s available, have you alerted a caregiver that you’re having a bad day and need their assistance?
Do you need a nap? If so, have you first taken care of, made a plan for, or recruited help for all of the above?
Remember, things probably won’t stay this bad forever. Good luck.
“Leslie Knope got her dream job, had kids, and is basically running the world on JJ’s waffles and friendship. What more do you want, Academy? I suppose if Pawnee had an emotionally unavailable nerd in a Flash t-shirt, it could finally get the respect it deserves.”—
*watches Jon Stewart’s comments on Ferguson* hey look it’s a white man getting heaps of credit and adulation for saying the exact same shit that black people have been saying for weeks now. how unexpected.
WHITE SAVIOR! WHITE SAVIOR! bow down……*side eye*
I have mixed feelings about commentary like this because yes I agree that it’s problematic for white people to receive more credit and praise for things black people have been saying for years. But I also think it is necessary to have white figures with primarily white audiences to critique whiteness and white supremacy. Because whenever white people ask what they can do to help, I say, educate your people.
plus he reaches millions whereas twitter/tumblr people reach only a few thousand
this is true and i don’t think Jon has ever tried to claim that what he is sayin are his own ideas unlike Tim Wise