Today we celebrate Independence Day. This is a holiday filled with celebrations, gatherings and of course lots of explosives. Having recently had a baby, however, this is a holiday during which my husband and I will be leaving the party early so that we can put our daughter down in time for her bedtime. And our plan to still join in the celebration, minus the fireworks, got me thinking: anyone with any chronic pain condition can still enjoy a holiday. You just have to moderate!
So, rather than indulge in too much picnic food, have a little taste of your favorite barbecue fare and load up on the veggies. If sitting outside and craning your head to watch the fireworks leaves you in pain, why not watch a display on television? If heading out of the house is too much today, why not just give your friends and family a quick call, and let them know you are thinking of them this holiday?
Having chronic pain doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same things you used to: sometimes it just means you have to find another way to work a holiday into your life. Happy fourth. Enjoy it any way you can!
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