- Drink Water! You can never get enough… Yes, you may be running to the bathroom a few times more than usual but your body will adjust and staying hydrated will help.
- Get Enough Sleep. It is very important to get atleast 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night. Of course ideally it probably won’t happen every day of the year. Regardless, like myself, you will have so much more energy in the morning with a good night’s sleep.
- Exercise. You don’t have to overexert yourself. Take some yoga classes, walk in the park or the mall, learn some new line dances (my fav is Janet Jackson’s Feels so Right btw lol) but whatever you do, stay active!
- Eat well. And that means more than cleaning your plate Try to eat a balanced diet with alot of fruit and vegetables as tolerated and of course depending on your medication. As much as I love bananas and grapefruit, I can’t have either because of the meds I take. Which leads to number five below…..
- Always take your medicine, vitamins and use your narcotics ONLY when you feel you need it. This should be self explanatory but there are a few – anemic or not, that have a hard time managing their medicine.
- Stay warm. Sometimes us ladies love to “look cute” and wear these flimsy leather jackets in the fall, no gloves, scarf or hat and guess what, I’ve been there in the past. But, I’ve learned that cold weather really triggers sickle cell pain. If you’re like me, it’s important to stay warm and wrap up during cool, wet weather.
- Heating pads/hot water bottles are my best friends. You have to be careful and make sure you don’t fall asleep especially while using electric heating pads because you could end up with burns BUT they can definitely help manage your pain when you use them correctly.
- Massages. A good massage can work wonders not only on stiff muscles but pain as well.
Last but certainly not least, and one of the most important is to try not Don’t Stress Yourself Out! Earlier this year I’ve had a lot of stress myself, and I’ve ended up in the hospital twice in 4 weeks because of it. Worrying will make you sick. Sometimes we can’t help it, sometimes things happen and we can’t control everything. But pray, ask God for guidance & strength, and try to stay positive. Tomorrow is another day. Got any tips you want to include? Share them in my comments, I’m interested in what helps you deal. Continue reading →
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