What do you do for yourself when you are feeling depressed and just simply do not feel well? For most of us Sjoggies, that is a daily occurrence. Some of us gage our health from week to week, while others gage it on a day to day, hour to hour or even a minute to minute basis. These days, it is minute to minute for me.
Call me vain, but part of my depression comes from looking in the mirror and seeing my outward appearance and what Sjogren’s is doing to it. As we all know, our Sjoggie eyes give the impression that we might have been on an extended drinking binge. And then there’s the perpetually dry skin that never leaves no matter how much moisturizer I slather on. And..well..I could go on & on, but I know you all get the big, ugly, dry picture.
So what’s a depressed Sjoggie to do? I decided it was time to treat myself to a little spa time. I think I can even go as far as to deem my spa time as necessary and therapeutic. For instance, I have a significant amount of pain in both my hands and my feet that varies in intensity, but never goes away. When having both a manicure and/or a pedicure (or mani/pedi) to use the cool term, a simple massage is included. I am fairly certain that I oohed and ahhhed louder than any other spa clients. And because I have such dry skin and accompanying pain, I think that Mani/Pedi’s should be covered by insurance. (This is my fantasy joke)
I also just treated my sad, dry skin to it’s first facial. The girl talked me into a mud facial, which she assured me was their most hydrating facial. She had me convinced that I would slough off layers of dead skin and be left with a miracle glow. I was probably like a gambler in a casino…I could not resist and would have believed anything she said.
The Facial experience was so relaxing. I laid on a heated table while soft music played in the background and the Spa Angel did her work. And just like the stereotypical picture of a woman with cucumbers on her eyes, I laid there in complete bliss. Bliss, for me, is usually some type of chocolate. But this facial experience was right up there with every gourmet chocolate I have ever had. And the smells…the smells were wonderful. I don’t know how many different products, moisturizers and such were used on my face, but they all smelled delicious. The entire event was such a pleasurable, sensory experience. Again..because I have blood pressure issues & have been having significant problems with Tachycardia, I think that this mud facial should be deemed as therapeutic and necessary (and of course, be covered by insurance). What? Did I hear someone say, in your dreams!
So why did I share my pretty party with you? I did so because I think we patients dealing with chronic illness, pain, insurance problems, etc. tend to forget that we need to take a few pampering moments for ourselves. It is so easy to send yourself those internal messages, like I can’t afford it because we have too many doctor’s bills and other things like that. We feel guilty about the drain that our medical problems create on our finances/family or that we may somehow not be deserving of such splurges. I am guilty of this also. But allowing yourself to enjoy an occasional special treat like a spa day or even a spa hour is so uplifting. For those brief hours of spa pampering and for several hours after, I felt great and amazingly relaxed. I escaped from Sjogren’s, if only for a number of hours. We are always asking other Sjoggies, what works for them and what they do to feel better. But those treatments are not always pharmaceutical.
Please treat yourself to (or let friends & family know for an upcoming birthday), that a Spa gift is what you would like. I promise you that the cost is worth the end result!
SjoHydrated and Pampered (at least for awhile) :-D