Amazing Gift Ideas For the Chronically Sick Person In Your Life

Spoonie Christmas Wish List

Spoonie Wishes and Dreams

When I was a little girl, my mother would receive these thick, almost encyclopedic catalogs in the mail from Sears and JcPenney. These catalogs were hands down one of my favorite “Toys.”

My little sister and I would spend hours cutting out the clothes, shoes and toys, that we “Wished” for. Many times we would make an entire bulletin board of all of the beautiful pictures.

It was usually frivolous things that we wished for, beautiful dresses, stylish shoes or the latest Barbie doll. It was our version of Pinterest, long before the internet came to the forefront of technology.

Even though I am all grown up and in my early forties, I am still making wish lists. To be more exact, I am making chronic wish lists.

Wishes are synonymous with hope

A Spoonie’s Wish List…Wishing and Hoping

Wish lists are often synonymous with children at Christmas time. Letters to Santa are written in droves around the holidays. I was thinking about this the other day and  an idea took root. The thought of a “spoonie” wish list appeals to me.

As a person who is sick with multiple chronic illnesses there are so many things that I would love to have while fighting these illnesses, things that would be helpful. While making the burden of illness lighter and easier to bear. Most of these things are ones that I know I cannot afford right now.

But, after all what is the harm in wishing? Wishes are synonymous with hope. Hope is always a good thing!

I began to think of how healing it would be to actually write out my own wish list. As ridiculous as it sounds, it has been a very therapeutic exercise for me. I felt like a kid again!

Most of the items on my wish list fall under the category of “highly unlikely,” to materialize anytime soon. But, it’s fun to dream and be unrealistic sometimes.

And perhaps if you win the lottery, you might be able to afford some of these yourself. Or maybe you already have a fortune hidden under your mattress just waiting to be put to good use. If that is the case, then you’re welcome for this awesome list. If you are like me however and completely broke from doctor bills and medication refills then have a little fun and dream along with me.

Gift Ideas for the chronically ill

My Spoonie Wish List

Sleep Number Bed

The number one item on my wish list right now is a Sleep Number Bed. Trying to get a decent night’s rest is an almost impossible task.

With the chronic, intense pain, restless legs, TMJ and irregular heart rhythms that I deal with on a daily basis it is no small wonder that my insomnia is here to stay.

I have read so many wonderful testimonials about these beds. My own parents have one. I often lay in bed at  night and think about how wonderful it would be to pick my “Perfect Number” for a perfect night’s sleep. Not that I would expect miracles, but any amount of sleep would be close enough to heaven for me!

sleep is number one on my spoonie wish list

I Wish My State Would Make Medical Marijuana Legal For Those Suffering With Chronic Conditions

While this is a hot topic and one that is very controversial, I suffer from debilitating chronic pain. I would love to have the option of  using medical marijuana as a pain reliever.

I realize that some people do not agree with this and I respect that, but as a chronic pain and Lyme disease sufferer I need all the options I can get on the table. I can hope anyway

Massage Chair 

You’ve heard of them I’m sure, simply put it is a comfy reclining chair that you push a button and it provides a relaxing massage. You can find some really nice ones at Coscto.com see this link here: Osaki Massage Chair.

What I love about these chairs is that you can set the intensity level for the massage and choose which type of massage you want! While I’m not quite sure that I have a place to put one, I would gladly get rid of a piece of furniture for one of these lovely products.

Ozone Blood Therapy

This is one of the best treatments for Lyme disease. It would cost me roughly $3,000 out-of-pocket to finance this treatment for my illness.

Ozone treatment increases the amount of oxygen in the body by introduction of Ozone. To put it simply your own blood is drawn from your body and then exposed to Ozone and returned to your body through an IV.

It sounds complicated but the success rate has been good! Maybe one day I will be able to afford it. Before you saw EWWWW, think what you would do for a cure if you suffered from an infectious disease.

personal-chauffeur chronic illness wishlist

Personal Chauffeur

Who doesn’t dream of having someone drive you around town? I know I do!

My husband is no longer able to drive due to eye problems and that leaves me as the only driver for our family. As someone who suffers daily from chronic pain and fatigue a personal chauffeur would be a dream come true.

On the days and weeks that I do not feel able to go out and run errands, it would be marvelous to just sit back and let someone else do the driving.

free-maid service every Spoonie's Dream

Maid Service

I’m quite certain that a personal maid would be every spoonie’s idea of the perfect gift.

There is no explanation needed for this one, after all laundry does not wash itself, houses are not self-cleaning and hot meals do not just simply appear on the table. Which brings me to my next wish, a chef.

personal chef my spoonie wish list

Personal Chef and Meal planner

While I’m dreaming about the lives of the rich and famous, I would gladly welcome a personal chef and meal planner into my home. Cooking is one of the things that I struggle with most as a chronic illness sufferer.

The weekly tasks of planning meals and actually cooking them leave me exhausted and depleted. I feel like a miracle has happened every time I am able to accomplish this monumental task. More often than not if you find me in my kitchen, you will find me in tears. It is just too much for me to handle.

Personal Shopper

Running weekly errands is at the top of my list of pet hates. I feel like I have climbed Mount Everest each and every time I go the grocery store. What I wouldn’t give to have a personal shopper who would take the huge task of shopping for groceries off of my shoulders.

All I want for Christmas is a cure for lyme disease

A Cure For Lyme Disease

Since I have listed all of the impossibilities, why not throw in a cure for my disease along with them! I wish that more research could be accomplished so that a cure might happen in my lifetime for Lyme disease.

More Spoons

Say what? Spoons in the world of chronic illness represent energy. If you have never heard of the spoon theory, then I would highly recommend that you visit with Christine Miserandino and read up on how spoons can change your life. So, yes I would love a whole box of extra spoons, preferably the magic kind.

What is your chronic Christmas wish?

I hope you get all that you’re dreaming of for Christmas and I wish you healing and happiness.

Happy Holidays From Lilac and Lyme

Happy Holidays Lilac and Lyme


20 Responses to Amazing Gift Ideas For the Chronically Sick Person In Your Life

  1. Aundrea says:

    These are great ideas! My mom has lupus and my dad has gotten her a massage chair! She loves it. I serve them by making dinner and driving my mom to her appointments, dialysis, and sometimes grocery shopping. You are spot on with this list. These are gerat tips to help those with a chronic illness.

    xoxo
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    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Aundrea,
      What a wonderful blessing you are to your mom and dad. That is wonderful that she has one of those amazing chairs. My brother-in-law has one and it is amazing! I’m so sorry that your mom is so sick, but glad that she has such an amazing support system. hugs and thank you for your kind comment. Valerie

  2. These are excellent ideas! I would’ve loved a maid service when I was struggling most with depression. It would’ve been such a help!
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  3. Tonya says:

    So you need a personal assistant?! 🙂
    Sleep is number one for me too. I started a new med this week and it’s side effect is more sleep, so I’ve slept some the past few days but I’m told the sleeping wears off after 2 weeks 🙁 so right around Christmas time I’ll stop sleeping :/

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Tonya,
      Yes! That would be awesome! I hate it when new meds mess up my sleeping patterns. But, it would be awful to finally have something that helps you sleep and then know it won’t last. Hope you get some Zzz’s at Christmas too. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Blessings, Valerie

  4. Priscilla says:

    We would be glad to run some of your errands, take you to appointments, and help with your laundry. All you have to do is ask. Please let us help you.

    Love Mom and Dad

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Mom and Dad,
      You help me ALL the time. I truly appreciate all that you do. I couldn’t ask for better parents. Love you Val

  5. Lydia says:

    We have a SleepNumber bed: LOVE IT. I wouldn’t have another. I hope you get some of these wish list items!!

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Lydia,
      Ahhh! Lucky you! I’m so happy for you! =) Maybe one day…until then, I’ll keep wishin’ and hopin’. 😉 Happy Holidays,
      Valerie

  6. meme says:

    What a great list, I’m with you about the meal planning I just can’t seem to get it together but I’m going to try super hard next year!

  7. I would add on ” A Day Off”. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a day off from my cronic fibromyalgia?
    That would be a tremendous gift.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Jeanie,
      I agree completely. A “day off” would be absolutely lovely. I wish for you just that in the New Year.
      Blessings and thank you so much for your kind comment.
      Valerie

  8. Carol says:

    This is a great list! I’m not chronically ill, but when I’m not feeling myself, I wish for many of these things, as well! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. Kim says:

    I was doing IV Ozone (MAH) at a Naturopathic Doctors office and it is really expensive. Then I tried Ozone in another method- and love it! I did a sauna, ears, lungs, vaginal and will do rectal too. It’s expensive too and when I can’t drive I can’t get a treatment so I have decided to buy own machine. I’m so excited!! It’s around $2,000. But will save me money long term. Good luck to everyone💚❤!

    • ValerieB says:

      Hi Kim,
      That is wonderful that you were able to do the Ozone therapy. It is very expensive, I hope one day to be able to afford it. I have tried it in a different form but would like to try the IV therapy. I had the option to buy my own machine as well, but decided it was to pricey for now. Best of luck with your treatments.
      blessings, Valerie

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