What I Carry In My Chronic Care Bag

What I Carry In My Chronic Care Bag

I never know how my body is going to behave. One moment I may experience pain in my spine and an hour later my hips, hands, and/or feet may join the party.

I may be able to walk out of the house but need my walker or wheelchair a little later or vice versa. This is why I prepare for the worst scenario possible every time I expect to be away from the house for more than an hour.

Let's break it down...

To prepare for the numerous ways my body rebels, I bring along what I like to call my chronic care bag. My chronic care bag contains items that either address a symptom or bring comfort to my body.

These are some of the items I carry in my chronic care bag...

Heat wraps

Wraps, like Thermacare, are fabulous for relaxing and reducing pain in my lower back and neck. They also warm me up when I am feeling chilled to the bone.

Cool packs

Cooling packs that are activated by twisting or bending are wonderful when I am overheated.

Medications

Medical marijuana edibles for pain, Tylenol for headaches, allergy medicine, and my favorite pain reducing CBD lotions.

Sweater

My arms and wrists often find comfort in wearing a light sweater, even in the summer.

Adult diapers

Decreases my need to worry about what would happen if I don’t make it to a restroom in time.

Fuzzy socks or slippers

It doesn’t matter where I am or how hot or cold it is, loose fuzzy socks or slippers always provide comfort when my ankles and feet are aching.

Gluten free snack

I don’t always know what type of food will be available when out. Bringing along something that won’t cause abdominal inflammation helps keep me comfortable.

Water bottles

The last thing I want to do is have to search for water when dry mouth hits.

Having a care kit can save you!

I add other items based on how long I will be out, what the weather is like, and what the activity is. For example, I may also bring along a fleece blanket or a neck pillow. Preparing for the worst has extended many outings that would have been cut short if I hadn’t.

How do you prepare for outings?

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When something is bothering you, what do you tend to do?

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