Enjoying Nature when you’re Housebound with Chronic Illness

Enjoying Nature while housebound BLOG

Living with a chronic illness like ME/CFS often means that you are housebound and unable to enjoy the outdoor activities you once loved. You might be like me, love nature and going exploring, but your condition has left you stranded in your home.

Although there is no magic cure to get you out and about, there are a few things I have done to help me enjoy nature while I remain indoors. There is a calm and peace that comes from being around trees and plants. Lets see how you might bring some of that nature indoors.

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Allergic reaction: hives and itching

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I went to the doctor again this week. This is the fourth doctor I’ve seen about my itching. She was lovely and also thinks it’s an allergic reaction after examining the bumps with a magnifying tool. She initially thought folliculitis, but changed her mind upon inspection.

So I’m taking Fexofenadine and Ranitidine daily for the allergic reactions I’m having constantly. They don’t go away anymore. They used to just last about an hour then go away, this week has been non-stop.

Hives, rashes and insane itching and burning. It’s now all over my body. It calms down at times and then flares up after meals and with heat and stress. So if I’m in bed it flares, and dressed too warmly, sit in the sun, argue with somebody or eat certain foods, etc.

Doctors seem to be certain it’s allergies, but haven’t sent me for any tests yet. So still unsure what’s causing it, though the low histamine diet did provide some relief for a few weeks.

The current flare started after reintroducing a couple of things last week. Going to have to stop them again and see if it subsides.

This morning the hives and itching woke me at 4.20 and I was scratching non-stop for about 2 hours before I fell back asleep. The sun was already rising.

I then woke again with another flare around 9. It’s past noon now and it’s still quite itchy and the hives are not subsiding yet.

It’s super debilitating. Being so itchy that you can’t think straight or do anything but rub or scratch your skin all over because you need relief, even if it causes pain, the pain is a distraction from the itching. I now have bruises all over too from scratching so hard.

This of course means I’m exhausted because scratching requires physical exertion which causes payback for anybody with ME/CFS. So as you can imagine, I’ve not been very productive for the past week. Spending most of my energy on scratching, digesting a meal and then scratching again…

Distraction is my best weapon at this point as the pills aren’t really taking it away yet. So I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix and TV this week. It does help to keep my mind off it.

I added apples and sweet potato to my diet in small quantities this past week, although they’re not Keto friendly, but they contain quercetin which is a natural anti-histamine. I’ve also added thyme which apparently helps prevent anaphylaxis.

Have you ever gone through anything like this? How did you relieve the itching? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: find out how I’m reducing the itching as well as the rashes and hives that later appeared, here.

My wheelchair and I: shopping with the family

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I actually left the house this week! Leaving the house is not something that happens very often when you have a chronic illness as debilitating as ME/CFS. Months can go by without seeing the other side of my front door. I have reached a point where I’m able to walk around the house daily without causing too much payback, but going out is still so utterly draining that it usually takes me days to recover.

This week I was able to leave the house for the first time in months. It’s my mum’s birthday today, but we celebrated a little early as our parents were here for their weekend. We went shopping together for the first time in ages!

It was a gorgeously sunny day, so I got dressed in a pretty floral dress and hopped on my wheelchair where I stayed all day. Knowing how taxing an outing is and how much sensory stimulation affects me, I tried to prepare as best I could:Continue reading

Tiny white bugs, gone at last!

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At last the saga of the tiny white bugs is over! The mites seem to be gone after 2 weeks of intense cleaning and hoovering and constantly examining every nook and cranny of the house to make sure they hadn't spread elsewhere and zapping every single mite we found!

If you don't know the story about my bug infestation, you can read about it in an earlier post, here.

To say I am now paranoid about creepy crawlies is an understatement. They have really messed with my head. I can't stop staring at every speck of dust to make sure it doesn't move!

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