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How on earth does one cope with Christmas when feeling so ill?
We go to our daughters with her Parents-in-law and brother-in-law and girl friend. Three solid days of this at least we are staying in a cottage on our own, We will still have to be with them when it is expected.. I cannot understand peoples misunderstading of this illness or from their re-action they think it is all in the mind. So must keep quiet about how I feel. I'll be glad when Christmas is over. I wish I didn't feel like this.
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So sorry to hear that people around do not understand CFS, that only makes our battle harder.
Try and pace yourself as much as you can, sit down to peel the sprouts and chop the veg etc. To get some downtime pretend to fall asleep in front of the TV. Go back to your cottage because you have a 'headache' or something.
Sorry that I am encouraging you to fib, but what else can you do if they won't take your very real health complaint seriously.
Look after yourself otherwise you will only end up feeling worse.
Good luck and Christmas will soon be over.
on a serious note it can be a very unhappy time of the year for us , I feel like I'm whatching life from the outside , others have fun & all I want is to be alone !
Its tough living with this illness but we shouldn't hide away we should make people understand & do how much or how little we can !!
i hope your Christmas is as happy as possible & that we all manage to enjoy the day
take care xx
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