Useful Things to Do While on Bed Rest After Surgery: Education, Advocacy & Volunteering (Part 5/5)
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
3M ago
This post is part of a series on my knee surgery and recovery journey, and how I coped with all that down time. I spent a good part of a year bed bound, in pain, and also bored. Afternoons were the toughest, as it felt like a state of limbo, where the world was speeding on by… without me. When I was in less pain, I wanted to channel some energy into being productive, apart from watching Netflix all day. (P.s. Nothing wrong if you want to Netflix all day either – healing takes top priority, after all!) This entire series of posts covers different activities you can do, whilst stuck in bed or at ..read more
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Uplifting Activities to Do While Recovering in Bed (Part 4/5)
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
3M ago
This post is part of a series on my recovery journey from a spontaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture, which left me bed bound for nearly a year. In this article, I will share some uplifting activities to do while recovering in bed. You can also find more tips, resources and fun suggestions at the end of the post! Pin to Your Recovery & Healing Boards: Disclaimer: Knee injuries and surgeries, or any surgery for that matter, varies widely from person to person. Your age, lifestyle, weight, circumstances, medications, comorbidities, allergies and other issues can impact your recovery ti ..read more
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Fun Things To Do While Recovering From Surgery: Hobbies, Crafts & Games (Part 3/5)
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
3M ago
This post is part of a series where I share my recovery journey from a spontaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture. Both my knees were broken, and I was bed bound for almost a year, with the first 6 weeks spent trying to keep my legs as flat I could so as not to incur further injury. If you’re in a similar situation as I was, then you know that spending that much time in bed can be boring, frustrating and depressing. Here is a list of fun things to do while recovering from surgery. This part of the series in particular focuses on hobbies, crafts and games that you can engage in whilst in bed ..read more
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Fun & Productive Things to Do on Digital Devices After Knee Surgery (Part 2/5)
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
3M ago
Apart from the immense pain and lack of mobility, being stuck in bed after any major surgery can leave you bored to tears. I personally suffered from a spontaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture due to Lupus, and the steroid therapy that I’m on. Being bed bound for an entire year meant that I not only had to endure the physical discomfort, but also the mental battles. This post is part of a series on activities and things you can do post-surgery to keep boredom and restlessness at bay. This article in particular will focus on things to do on digital devices after knee surgery. (Check out th ..read more
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Depression After Knee Surgery & How to Cope (Part 1/5)
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
3M ago
In the previous series all about knees, I shared resources for my recovery journey after a major knee surgery. In this new series, I will be sharing things you can do to help keep boredom at bay, because the recovery process for any major surgery can be a long, painful and tedious one. The pain and lack of mobility is frustrating, and limits your access to things you can do to pass the time. Minutes pass by like hours. ‘Recovered’ seems a lifetime away. I will begin with depression after knee surgery and how to cope, as I believe that mental health is of utmost importance. When you feel anxiou ..read more
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Top Tips for Travelling with Chronic Illness & Disability (From a Girl Who Loves to Travel)
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by Sheryl Chan
6M ago
https://www.achronicvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Top-Tips-for-Travelling-with-Chronic-Illness-Disability-From-a-Girl-Who-Loves-to-Travel.mp3Travelling with Chronic Illness & Disability – Why I Do It Anyway Travelling is one of my biggest passions in life, and I’d like to share my top tips for travelling with chronic illness and disability in this post. Whilst we all travel for various reasons and find pleasure in different things, being chronically ill can be a literal pain (beyond the neck). The everyday lives of people fascinate me, simply because it isn’t the same normal as back ..read more
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365 Mindfulness Journaling Prompts for Self-Improvement
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by Sheryl Chan
1y ago
A Note from A Chronic Voice I’d like to thank Chloe of “Nyxie’s Nook” for these 365 mindfulness journaling prompts for self-improvement. Journaling is a fantastic activity and tool to help unlock pieces of your heart, mind and soul that are ‘stuck’, so to speak. I personally use a digital app, Daylio, to log snippets of my day with a photo, like a mini dairy. I started doing so as suggested by my psychiatrist, to see where my anxiety triggers lie. Whilst it’s not a symptom diary, I would say that I enjoy scrolling through these snippets to see how my life has progressed. In this post, Chloe sh ..read more
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March 2023 Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illness & Disabilities
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by Sheryl Chan
1y ago
I skipped last month’s linkup as I was overloaded with school, medical appointments, chronic pain and the full works! Since it’s recess week, I thought I’d squeeze in and kick off the March 2023 writing prompts early. How has everyone been, with chronic illness and/or disabilities in the mix? As always, I’d love to hear from each and every one of you – regulars and new faces are all welcome! We’re in this together, and I hope that this chronic illness writing support group helps you to let off some steam, make new friends, feel connected and find some peace, love and joy ? How to Participate i ..read more
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Things to Do While Recovering from Knee Surgery to Keep Boredom at Bay
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by Sheryl Chan
1y ago
Things to Do While Recovering from Knee Surgery (Because It Can be Boring) In the first part of this series, I shared all the must haves for pain management and recovery after your knee surgery. In this second part, I will share things to do while recovering from knee surgery (or any surgery!) to beat boredom. The pain and lack of mobility is frustrating, and limits your access to things you can do to pass the time. Minutes pass by like hours. ‘Recovered’ seems a lifetime away. This post is also a great resource for anyone who’s bed bound, stuck at home for whatever reason, feeling restless, a ..read more
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Everything You’ll Need for a Smooth Recovery After Major Knee Surgery
A Chronic Voice
by Sheryl Chan
1y ago
Introduction to My Knee Injury & Recovery from Major Knee Surgery A knee surgery, or any major surgery, carries with it a certain percentage of risk. There’s the general anaesthesia, rare but possible mishaps, unforeseen problems, medication interactions and more. Depending on which part of the body has been operated on, the recovery can look quite different. In my case, I suffered a spontaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture. Meaning both my knees were (are) completely broken – from the thigh, down to the kneecap and quadripceps – for a few months, up to a year. Whilst mine are the two ..read more
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