8 Subluxations

Ehlers Danlos survivors have many dislocations but we also have our fair share of subluxations. I know weird word but so is Ehlers Danlos. Say it three times fast, I double dog dare you! Anyway, subluxations are partial dislocations. This means that the joint moves but doesn’t completely dislocate. And yes it still hurts like a “you know what”! This is why number 8 is subluxations on our Countdown to an EDS Christmas!

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9 Dislocating Joints

You guessed it. I’m sure there were some who were waiting for this. As Ehlers Danlos survivors we have plenty of dislocations. Each one of us had a different amount and different body parts that dislocate. So, for day 9 of our Countdown to an EDS Christmas we have 9 dislocating joints.

Comment what your number 9 is!

10 Medications

With Ehlers Danlos Syndrome there are typically a lot of medical issues and diagnoses. And with diagnoses comes medications and a lot of them. There is something for pain, for muscle spasms, vitamins your lacking, heart medications, etc. The list just goes on and on. So day ten of our Countdown to an EDS Christmas is medications.

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Comment and let me know what your day ten consists of!

11 Spoons

Most EDS patients or any patient of a chronic illness goes by the term “spoonie”. There is a story behind this but the short version is everything that we do takes a spoon or one energy if you will. On any given day we could have 15 spoons or we could have 4, there is way to guarantee your spoon count. Everyone is different. So day 11 of our Countdown to an EDS Christmas is spoons.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to hear the full version of the spoon theory!

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12 Braces

As a zebra, we “love” to collect medical supplies and my number one collection has to be braces for just about each and every joint I have. Most zebras have a collection of braces, wraps, splints, etc. So, day 12 of the EDS Christmas countdown is 12 braces.

12 Days of an EDS Christmas

To celebrate the Christmas season, I am going to do a 12 day countdown to Christmas. Each day will be something different that zebras know all too well. Please come back each day to see what is in store and comment!

How EDS has made me a Mathematician.

Recently I discussed how planning is a necessity for those with a chronic illness. Planning for a zebra is not just picking out an outfit and deciding which route to take. It is a very complicated math algorithm, that must be executed precisely. My form of this planning starts with the following questions based on the location: how many sets of stairs are there, is there a lot of walking, how much walking, does the venue have seats, can you rest, etc. Then the questions revolve around the current state of my body. These questions include: how bad am I hurting, what will I have done before that, what do I have to do after that, can my joints take it, etc. Then I ask myself all the questions again and add up all the facts and the concerns. Working through all the components is hard but in the end I determine if the trip or event is worth it. I have to add the benefits and subtract the consequences and figure out what the best option is. Dividing my time and strength is less favorable than just doing everything I want to do but the only way to ensure my safety. After the numerous mathematics equations, I am finally able to start making decisions and determine my path. Does this bother me? Sometimes, but it is a good thing I like math! Does it get annoying? Sure does, but I figure it out and move on. Heck, you never know, all this math could be making the zebras smarter! Enjoy the EveryDay Successes!