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Why My Chronic Illnesses Make It Difficult for Me to Get Out of Bed Every Morning

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source: The Mighty

year: 2016

authors: Kaitlyn Brennan


Every morning, I wake up and refuse to open my eyes for a few moments. I believe if I don’t open my eyes, then my reality may fade away.

This doesn’t last long, though, as the pain soon sets in along with reality. But I’m also excited because I realize during the time I was asleep, I may have received messages from fellow spoonies. As I respond to them with a smile on my face, I dread the inevitable — getting out of bed.

To get out of bed means to stretch out my legs and anticipate the dislocations to come and relearning how to walk every morning. While stumbling out of bed, my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) kicks in, and soon I’m blacked out on my floor with some joint out.

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