Do you ever have those moments where you’re doing something that seems very routine, but then you realize with sudden clarity how much of it is affected by your chronic illness?
I’ve had a couple of those lately. One was becoming supremely irritated by our neighbors having guests over and taking up all of the parking spots in front of our townhouse. Usually, it’s just a mild inconvenience. But when I’m fatigued, have used all my energy to force myself to get groceries, and then have to walk a lot further with them, I get pretty irritated.
That’s just one of those life moments where having a chronic illness really changes how I perceive it.
However, not all of those moments are irritating or negative. Some are actually pretty funny. Like the moment in the shower when I realized that only reason I was shaving my legs was because I was seeing the doctor the next morning.
That’s how you know you’re A. single and B. have a chronic illness.
So, that got me thinking (a dangerous pastime, I know). What other tell-tale signs are there that you have a chronic illness AND are single?
- Your closest relationship is with your body pillow. Bonus points if you found a way to make it heated!
- The first time you bring a guy or girl up to your room, all they can do is stare at your medical chest.
- Instead of Netflix and Chill, you prefer Netflix and Roast which includes you and your heating pad.
- Taking shots at night has a whole different meaning.
- Dinner and a movie involves delivery, your couch, and the newest addition on Hulu.
- You’ve learned that medicine hangovers are worse than normal hangovers, but the combo of the two is literal Hell.
- Cuffing Season means you and Jon Snow can finally become official.
- You give no f*cks when it comes to your appearance meeting new people; they should be happy you’re even out of bed.
- Your requirements for a potential partner now include a stable career with good health insurance.
- You’ve got this self-care thing down pat. You don’t need no man!