Day 24 & 25 Chronic Illness Challenge

Day 24: How have you managed to juggle your social life through your illness?

I am introverted and shy.  As a result, I do not have the most happening social life.  Occasionally, I meet with my science fiction group, astronomy group, and attend a few science lectures.  I know I’m a geek and proud of it!

I don’t meet with them as much as I would like.  Teaching a class full of lively 18 year olds in college is exhausting for an introvert like me. Work related stuff frequently gets in the way when I’m not exhausted.

Frequently social events include alcohol.  I do not drink any alcohol to prevent any complications with my medicine.  I have also been told that drinking alcohol if you have epilepsy can lower your seizure threshold.  It is hard for me to get motivated to go to events when I know alcohol is going to be there.  I sometimes find myself making excuses not to go because I feel like the only one there not drinking it.

Day 25: Name 5 activities you have managed to pursue while being ill, and 5 activities you have done that you wouldn’t have pursued if you hadn’t become ill.

5 Activities I managed to pursue while being ill

  1. Masters of Science in Physics
  2. Masters of Education (helps enhance ability to teach previous subject)
  3. Taught/tutored mathematics in higher education
  4. Taught introductory physics courses in higher education
  5. Frequent attendee of local free stargazing events at Museum of Science

5 activities you have done that you wouldn’t have pursued if you hadn’t become ill

  1. Started this blog
  2. Started a twitter account to enhance dragonandrose
  3. Created first podcast post about first seizure.
  4. Modified Atkins Diet (or at least an attempt at a low carb high fat diet)
  5. Ate sardines.  I know this seems a bit simplistic, but I never would have eaten them if my pcp had not recommended them since they are high in healthy fats.
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