I'm having a philosophical day today and wanted to share some of the fringe benefits I've spotted while having me/cfs. They may seem trivial but hey they are all we've got!
1. Skin care. I don't think my skin has ever been this good, after years of abuse in the sun, salt and wind it is finally getting a break. In theory we should all have milky white A-list skin after a couple of years inside. Be careful though it might be a good idea to ask for a Vit D test next time you get some bloodwork done.
2. Traffic Jams. I can't remember the last time I was in one, except for doctor trips I don't go far. One stress less, on the down side I don't get to sing tunelessly to the car radio anymore. Maybe I need a shower radio...
3. Expert knowledge of day time tv without the guilt. I can now watch daytime tv without feeling like I should be doing something else, because more often than not I can't do anything else.
4. Writing a blog. Seriously I would never have gotten around to it without the forced rest and isolation caused by me/cfs. (this may be a negative if I am boring you with my blogs..if that's the case... bugger off)
5. Time with family, I am getting serious quality time with my folks, which after years away is something precious to me and not to be taken for granted. (ask me again in 6 months)
6. Patience, lets face it there is no choice but to be patient patients!
7. Doctor surgery magazines, I haven't bought a magazine in ages as my local GP's office has great mags.
8. Books, same with guilt free tv, now I can read as much as I want/can without that nagging, should be doing something else, feeling.
9. Great nails, this might not go for everyone else, but for the first time in my life I have been able to grow my nails. I think because my work was so hands on they were always weak and I bit them. Now with so much time on my hands ('scuse the pun) I've finally quit.
10. The world is waiting. That's right folks there is a spot in the world waiting for you to get better and fill, no matter how long that takes. I know this because every now and again I poke my head out and have a look, yep the world is still out there.
What are your 'fringe benefits' unique to having a chronic illness?