• Hannah Ost

The Spoonie Sagas #10: Flare-Up Survival Kit

Wow, it has been a hot minute since I posted on here! I do apologise and thought I'd come back with a post to explain it all. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been having a huge flare - one of the biggest ones of my chronic illness journey. It's been super tough and I think it was brought on by overwork, as it usually is. I'm still not 100% clear, but I think I'm on the road to recovery - just got to rest well and take it slow!

While I'm flaring, I have a few things that I go to, to make myself feel a little better. So, I thought I'd share them with you today. Here goes...

1. Tea

As a Brit, it is my duty to drink at least one cup of tea per day. However, when a flare-up occurs, this becomes more like 3. PG Tips is the best brand ever (not spon, but also please spon me) – it's delicious, I won't hear anything to the contrary. And the formula goes, teabag in, water in, tiny glug of milk... NO SUGAR. There. Fight me Brits.

2. Hot Water Bottle

Pretty much a given. When I'm in pain, this one is in my toolkit to basically apply to everywhere. Sometimes I've been known to fill two up! Can never have enough hotties <3

3. Baths

This one is day-dependant because sometimes the hot water doesn't agree with me and I become worse. But usually, a nice hot bath, with Epsom salts and bubbles is perfect for my aching limbs!

4. Opening Windows

When I can't move from my bed, I still try to get a little fresh air by opening the window next to my bed. I'll stick my hand out and feel the breeze and for just a second there I can feel a little freer!

5. Blankets & Pillows

Having said that, opening the windows immediately makes me freezing cold, so I wrap up warm in some cosy blankets and throw a pillow in front of my stomach to combat pain.

Honestly, there's not much else that I do, other than having a little cry and waiting for it all to be over! If you have any spoonie survival tips, please comment them below. And, if you're having a bad day and need to chat, check out my #NeedAFriend campaign on Instagram; my DMs are always open to those in need!

That's all for today!

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Student Journalist