Gift guide: what to buy for your chronically ill friends
It can be quite tricky deciding what to buy your friends with chronic illness because of all the limitations and intolerances we often have. What would be useful and not harmful in their condition?
There are many lists out there, and they're all slightly different depending on the condition they're tailored for, so I'm making a list of the things I would have loved to receive over the years of being housebound.
I have chronic fatigue and chronic pain as my main symptoms and I struggle with sensory over-stimulation and occasionally anxiety, so anybody with ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia and even those with Migraines and Arthritis might appreciate these items.
People often think of getting a hamper of edible goodies simply because it's easy to come up with and who doesn't enjoy a bag full of treats?
What many healthy people might not know, and even some chronically ill people will ignore this fact, is that people who suffer from chronic pain and inflammation can actually get worse from consuming highly processed foods like sweets, cookies and crisps. They are full of chemical additives that cause havoc in our bodies, so I'm creating an alternative list for you.
2017/18 Spoonie Gift Guide, part 1 of 3
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Even a cute cap would be a great gift for those warm sunny days out in the garden or by the window!
Bright light is also a huge problem for many of us who suffer from chronic pain.
Not only do they provide heat for our constant aching, but they also provide comfort since they double as a cuddle buddy. I love my pink, furry hot water bunny!
Another thing that I use daily is my lap desk.
Being confined to bed or the sofa, unable to sit upright at a table means that I need a light-weight, portable flat surface I can use when drawing or eating or even just to stand my laptop on.
They come in many great designs depending on your need!
These flexible phone mounts are amazing too. There is nothing worse than being in so much pain or so weak that you can't even hold your phone when it's the only connection you have to the outside world while you're stuck in bed for weeks on end.
People with chronic pain often have joint pain in their hands and even holding something as small and light as a phone can become excruciating. These would make an excellent gift!
That's it for part one of my gift guide, click here for part 2! I hope you have found this series helpful.
To my spoonie readers, let me know in the comments what your ideal gift would be or share a favourite gift you have received.