Updated 11/24/2021 This list is geared towards CKD because I have CKD and can relate to it. But, they can be adapted for anyone with any Chronic Illness.
Have you ever heard the statement you should be grateful for whatever someone gives you? While I agree with that sentiment 100%, there is nothing worse than getting a gift that someone put no thought into at all. Especially if it is from someone who knows you well, cares about you, or knows you have a condition. Or, you get invited somewhere for a holiday party or dinner, and there is nothing you can eat. So here we go.
- Most people with CKD have issues with Anemia at one time or another and are therefore colder than other people. Gifts to help them stay warm such as hats, scarfs, mittens these are even better if handmade with love. Handwarmers that can be reused and put in pockets, heating pads, and blankets, warm socks, and shoes. A heating pad, or blanket is also an awesome gift. I have dry eyes, and am getting Arthritis in my fingers. Warming gloves, paraffin wax treatments, and eye warmers are all wonderful gifts that have meaning.
- People with CKD may also suffer from chronic pain, stress, and anxiety with limited medications they can use to relieve pain. Items like Massage, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Spa days, etc make wonderful gifts for someone with CKD or other chronic illnesses. I here at Health Buddy Melissa offer Distance Reiki sessions, and Guided Imagery. Be sure and send me a message if you are interested in purchasing some sessions for your loved one, or yourself, by using the contact form at the end of the post.
- Gift cards for whole food stores, or places that sell organic foods with fewer preservatives and chemicals. Or cooking classes to learn how to cook and make better food choices for their particular Chronic Illness. Cookbooks, cooking equipment, etc are also all great gift ideas.
- Carts and bags with wheels for easy shopping or that can attach to a walker or wheelchair. One of those grabby things to get things up high are great! Having their cupboards remodeled to make access easier. Maybe they need an access ramp to get into the home easier and safer.
- Consideration and love. This is probably the most important. When someone with CKD or a Chronic Illness goes to a dinner or party and there is nothing that is safe for them to eat, it is deflating. Ask them what you can prepare for them that they can safely eat. Christmas is about love, and kindness, don’t be selfish and not put in a little extra consideration.
- I have to add this one. Save a life and donate a kidney if you can. Learn more about kidney donation at AKF, or NKF. If you are absolutely someone who does not feel you would do that, donate to one of those organizations, or one near you, to help save the life of someone with kidney disease. Any organ donation is a gift of life, not just kidneys. You can check off on your driver’s license that you wish to be an organ donor.
None of that is meant to make you feel bad or guilty. It is simply to help you be more mindful of others and their conditions. Everyone should be more Mindful, every day. I love all of you who take the time to read what I share. Blessings and much love to all of you!
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