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It's not easy being green.  

What do all of you do when you have no choice but to carry on, even when you're sick as the proverbial dog?

You know what I'm talking about-you may not really be sick, but you feel like h-e-double hockey sticks.  That was me the last 2 weeks.

I'm upfront about having RA-this is an autoimmune disease, it's not just in my joints.  An inflammation can hit anywhere, anytime and it's not pleasant.  In fact, it stinks.  

Such has been my case the last few weeks.  I've spent many hours in the ER, getting tests to rule out other things and, quite frankly, riding the porcelain bus as a result of some pain meds that REALLY DIDN'T AGREE WITH ME.

Bearing that in mind-it's also the start of birthday season in my family.  There are too many to count, but the ones I am most concerned with are my son, my daughter and my son-in-law.  Because there are so many, I tend to do the 3 of them (the rest we do in connection with Mother's Day) on my own.  I have my parents and sister's family join us and I include our kids best friends.  

Our son turned 25; our daughter is turning 27, our son-in-law 28.

This is a huge undertaking-we are now up to about 22 people at this point.  

However this year, due to my health-I had to do the less popular but understandable form of celebrating.  Usually, I get some help from Costco (my favorite caterer)-but tend to make homemade side dishes, cookies, etc-didn't happen this year.

First off-learning to say NO when you're not well is imperative to your recovery.  Believe me; those who scorn you aren't worth entertaining, so get over feeling guilty.

Next-after you've shortened the usual guest list; get over yourself about needing to show your cooking skills off while you're dying.

Ready made is your friend-trust me.  On Wednesday, how our birthday celebration turned out to be one of our best.


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mztracy wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • I learned a bit ago to listen to my body and when it says stop.  

      Having autoimmune disorders, we know about slowing down. We do not always listen, lol but we need to. Our health and life depend on it!!


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