Household Chores with a Chronic Illness
Cooking, cleaning, and laundry. My to-do list continues to grow as the flare days can make such activities impossible. My husband and I are both what you could call “neat freaks”. We put everything in it’s place and like a clean house.
I REALLY wanted to write an article saying I had to figured out how to clean, cook, and do laundry on my own on my good days and somehow manage on my flare days. That I no longer rely on my family’s help and my husband doing a lot of the household chores.
After a long period of “but how?”, frustration, and some self-pity and mopping, I can admit I haven’t. I haven’t figured out how to do all the cooking, cleaning, and day-to-day activities that I used to do.
Since my major CRPS flare up in August 2015 my husband and I have both had to adjust and let things relax a little. I am coming to terms with the fact that there will be some dust bunnies that I can’t vanquish on a weekly basis. I will not always be able to fold the laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. The guest bedrooms don’t need to be cleaned if they are not being used. I’m adjusting my view on life.
I’m not saying that this adjustment is easy, but I feel that CRPS has taught me that nothing is ever as you planned and that’s okay.