A Day In The Life Of Someone With Chronic Illness | Part 2 | Afternoons

I hope my last post gave some clear insight to what my mornings typically look like. It’s a struggle to get my day started each day as I slowly get moving and assess how my body feels. So, that being said, let’s talk about my afternoons shall we?


Most days my aftertoons start with a nap. The morning takes so much energy that it leaves me completely worn out. I love napping with all of the blinds closed and the room slightly cooler than normal so I can snuggle with my favorite blanket and comfy pillow. Just before falling asleep I let my husband know that I’m going down for a nap so that he doesn’t call or text me so I can sleep. This is important because at times it’s difficult for me to fall asleep no matter how exhausted I am. I try hard to give myself every opportunity to rest…well. My naps can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, it just depends on the day. My favorite day for naps is Sunday! Everyone in my family knows that Sundays after church I will be down for the count for no less than 3-4 hours. The best nap ever….does anyone else love a Sunday afternoon nap? #dontwakemeimsleeping

After I wake up from my nap, it’s time to for my afternoon RX doses. That can mean about 4 additional pills. At this time I may take a look around the house to see if there’s anything pressing that needs to be picked up or cleaned, I will also assess how I’m feeling to see if I’m physically able to complete anything additional. Most likely I won’t have the needed strength to do anything more which means I get to crawl back into bed and watch some TV (or let the TV watch me-whichever comes first). If I don’t sleep I may call or text a few friends to see how they are doing and let them know I’m thinking of them. Catching up with my sisters is really important to me…I am truly blessed! I love you ladies so much and I am so thankful that I get to do life with you.

During the afternoon my husband is often out working. He started his own business this year and is doing such a great job of networking and generating new business and gaining new clients. This means that I am home alone most afternoons unless my daughter is home. She has been keeping busy with basketball. With the two of them being out of the house that gives me time to spend reflecting, ready my bible and just getting quiet. I love being by myself. I will turn the TV off and lay in bed and just be. This has proven to be great for my overall mental health. My peace is important to me and do whatever I can to remove anything that brings negativity or stress to my life. I have no time or energy for things that are not drawing me closer to God, not adding value to my life, not putting a smile on my face, not getting me closer to my purpose and not benefiting me in any way. As my son would say…”You can miss me with all of that”! As someone with chronic illness, I’ve had to learn to set healthy boundaries in order for me to have the best health outcome…that has been a game changer for me. Not being mean, but I must prioritize my well being above all else. So when I’m alone at thome I am able to hear from God and put things into perspective and be at peace.

As the day draws closer to late afternoon/early evening I prepare from my husband and daughter to come home after being busy most of the day. This time of day is my favorite as I anticipate hearing all about their day. I’m thankful for my afternoons as they are typically filled with a few naps,catching up with family and friends and talking with God.

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