Embrace the flat/ or nearly flat…

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Yesterday I looked at Embrace the stretch… and that was mainly about the adjustment I had to make in the type of clothing I wore. I promised to look at the changes I made in my shoes.

Let me say that I love shoes. I guess in that way I am a typical woman. I think that any day can be fixed with a sexy pair of shoes…..I’m serious here. There were many days in the past where I was in a bad mood and I just put on a popping pair of shoes and my entire attitude changed. There is just something about how I feel in the shoe. Anyway, enough of that.

I am 5ft 10inches tall. So I really didn’t need to wear heels to begin with. I just loved them from the time I started wearing them around age 12. I would wear heels between 2 and 4 1/2 inches high. To work, church and to any occasion that was not completely casual.

I realized whenever I had a period- before the hysterectomy, or whenever I was in pain- after the hysterectomy, I couldn’t tolerate the heels. I always wore flats of shoes with 1 1/2 inch heels of lower. There was just something about the angle of the heel that made the pelvic pain worse. I think it increased the pressure somehow. I’m not sure.

As things got worse I found myself less and less able to wear the heels for any period of time. I would wear to work my heels and after about 1/2 hour take them off. The same would happen at church. I found that the pain was just too much to bear.

It came to the point about a year ago, around the same time I was adjusting my wardrobe, that I had to stop wearing them all together. Standing alone was painful if I had to do it for more that 20 minutes furthermore in heels.

I was depressed over the shoe situation. Really depressed. One day I took all my heels and looked them over. Those that I could give away I did and the others I threw out. There were numerous pairs of shoes. It was a sad day.

Since then I have built up a store of flats. Nice flats. I have a few shoes that are 1 1/2 inch high but most are flat. Even those with the small heel I can’t tolerate when in pain.

So, another lesson learned. Test and adjust a friend of mine always says.

I have come to accepting that I have to do what is best for me. I have come to accepting that flats look nice also. I have come to deciding that pain will try to define me and bring me down ………………but I won’t let it.

I am stronger and more flexible than I thought.

So what, my clothes and shoes are different………….but you know what? I am still here and that to me is victory!

Embrace the stretch…

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Just yesterday I wrote about The Space I’m in….. This was about embracing and accepting where I am on my journey with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Endometriosis. It was about dealing with those things I cannot do right now and not stressing.

Today I had a reminder of that….how hilarious it was.

Yesterday I wore a pants at home in the evening for probably an hour and after I had my shower this morning I took the same pants to wear. I proceeded to pull the pants up and attempted to zip it. The zip came about 1/5 of the way up and ran back down. I tried again and the same thing happened. When I looked down I realized that my belly was getting in the way and the pants could not be zipped closed. I started to laugh.

I laughed so hard I had to sit down. It was immediately distressing and hilarious……….most people won’t put those two things together but I did in that moment. In my head it was better to be laughing…….really laughing…………than crying.

I was reminded of one of the best pieces of advice my doctor ever gave me. He said “Lyn, embrace stretch fabric.”

Now I am sure that you have heard of the endo belly and I have written before about PCS causing my belly to swell to the point where I can be mistaken for 5 -6 months pregnant. So combine the two.

I must say when I got the piece of advice I was taken aback but I took it and ran with it. Good thing I did. I slowly started converting my wardrobe to stretch items or to styles that accommodate a big tummy.

 

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Faux wrap

I sewed several peplum and empire waist tops and dresses as well as a few faux wrap pieces. I made sure that anyone who ever purchased clothing for me knew that I preferred stretchy stuff.

 

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Empire waist

I even looked for pants and skirts either with stretch fabric or at least the waist from stretch fabric. Right now I would say probably 90% of my wardrobe has been converted.

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Peplum

In the whole scheme of things, being frustrated over clothing is one worry I could do without. I had days where zippers threatened to burst and I had to pin between buttons and that was extremely distressing. Embracing the stretch fabric has removed that stress from my life.

At the time it seemed like giving in to the conditions but now I know its more working along with the situation. Its just like converting to flat shoes – but that’s tomorrow’s blog :).

The pants today was a pre – advice item. It reminded me of how much my life has changed but I was also reminded of how much I have grown. A year ago I would have been weeping. Today I just laughed.

Maybe that’s the secret. Some things, when we embrace them and work around and along with them; its the best fight against the diseases we can give.

It says “you can’t bring me down…..I’m flexible like that”.

Embrace the stretch!