Image by PrincessFroglips via FlickrI've done some pretty crazy things when I'd been extremely fatigued or in a heck of a lot of pain. One of those quirky things I do is put my clothes on inside out. Of course I don't notice when I make this faux pas; it's my husband who catches my mistake and asked me, "Oh, are you feeling okay?"
Lucky for me, I have a good sense of humor so his question always makes me laugh a little at myself.
Well after my carpal tunnel surgery last Wednesday I think I topped myself.
I made my discovery on a trip to the restroom. After quite a struggle getting my pants down with just one hand, I assumed the position. It was then that I glanced down at my underwear and realize that I had put them on inside out. It it seems that I was so nervous the morning of my surgery that I wasn't paying attention when I got dressed before heading to the hospital.
The chuckle my discovery inspired was a welcome respite from the stressful and painful events of the day.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at how ridiculous things can get when you're dealing with chronic illness. I often think my experiences are so far out of the norm that only a fellow person living with chronic illness could understand what I'm going through. It's amazing how many times I employed the "fake it to make it" principle each and every day. Chronic illnesses leave me in a place where I am struggling to fit into a life that most normal people take for granted. I often feel like an alien from another planet -- an alien that looks like everyone else around her.
This week I'm wondering if you feel the same way I do. Maybe you don't put your clothes on inside out, but I bet there are quirky things you do too when you are struggling with more pain or fatigue. I'm also guessing you can relate to feeling like someone who doesn't fit in amidst all the healthy, normal people in your life. So leave me a comment and let me know if you're a member of my Inside Out Club.
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