Comfort Items for Flares in Your Home
Usually, I spend my sick days in spring and fall wrapped up in a blanket on my front porch, just hoping the sun will hit my face. It's the best feeling, feeling the fresh air, wrapped in warm blanket hugs. I've even got a hammock. I can sit if I can't physically lay down, and I have a nice cozy lawn chair for when I can't lay down.
Avoiding the stairs
When my Crohn's became serious and I could no longer go from the 1st floor to the 2nd where my only bathroom is, life became exhausting. There were a few weeks that I ended up sleeping outside of the bathroom on a pile of blankets, body pillows, and heating pads. I didn't enjoy it. It wasn't fun or as comfortable as my house. But I did what I could to avoid going up and down the stairs so much, especially since I had begun to lose so much weight so rapidly.
My comfort chair
There is a chair my aunt passed down to me when I moved away for college that I didn't know I'd develop such a love for at the time. But when I became ill, it was the only thing that kept me comfortable living in a studio apartment. The chair was always presentable, comfortable and usually had a cat snuggled up on it. When I am at my worst, this chair becomes my bed because I can comfortably sit up and grasp a pressure pillow to my stomach without having to lay down. I've sometimes lined the inner cover of the loveseat with heating blankets and heating pads so that I feel like I'm wrapped up in a hug.
Pillows and blankets
I have many pillows and blankets in my house. They travel with me from room to room and there are even certain blankets I bring with me to the hospital or infusion clinic that make things feel a little less.. patient-y. (These blankets are immediately washed and put in the back of my car to use the next time they need to be brought out).
In an article I recently wrote, I wrote about making your bed each and every day for habit. I am a bit particular about what goes on my bed, especially blankets, pillows (and animals!!). People love to laugh at the number of pillows and blankets I have on my bed, but the truth is, when I'm sick, each of them serves a purpose! Even when I'm sickest during the day, if I'm home, I avoid getting under the sheets. It helps me mentally with boundaries that getting into bed is only for at night and I would rather not confuse my internal alarm clock, not that it works anyway!
With the Arthritis that comes along with Crohn's, the pillows provide a different type of support than just a heating pad alone. And let's be honest, when you're snuggled around 10 fluffy and comfortable (and cute) pillows, it helps to put your body at ease a little bit.
One last thing I use for comfort is a cooling gel pillow. I get nightly fevers that spark during the worst possible time. There are some great ones you can find in stores, but I love the ones I found on Amazon. I've even bought one just for my stomach.
Comfort items are important
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