A few years ago, I discovered how much I liked cooking and baking.
I know… Shocking! For those who knew me for years, this was a big deal as I
was am not a domestic goddess. The opposite in fact.
But, yet, I have found that I enjoy the creative fun you can have in the kitchen.
I’ve also discovered that baking is a bit like chronic illness!
When you bake, you choose your ingredients carefully. The wrong type of flour can turn your pastry into a crumbly mess, or your bread into a dense dough, instead of the fluffy and light rolls you expected.
Then, you measure things out and mix them according to the directions. Blending things together in a different way might result in the recipe not turning out well.
And then sometimes, even if you did everything just so, what you are baking might not turn out the way you expect.
Chronic conditions are the same.
You choose your foods and “measure” your time/ schedule carefully.
You follow all the directions given to you from the doctors, physiotherapist, and other medical professionals.
And yet… The results aren’t always what you expect!
Sometimes a nap can refresh and recharge you. Other times, you will still be just as fatigued as before.
A special diet might help you feel better 50% of the time, but the rest of the time you will be sick because the diet failed to help.
So, like baking, you can choose, measure, and follow directions, which help manage things, but often things do not turn out how you expect.
But yet, choosing, measuring, and following directions is our best hope at managing any conditions… and the best way to make a tasty cake! 🙂