Holiday Gifts for Endo Warriors
If you have endometriosis, or know someone who does, here are some of my go-to gift ideas this holiday season.
Stuff for sleep
Sometimes I get painsomnia. But even without that, I've always had trouble falling and staying asleep. My research tells me I have a “low sensory threshold.” It's not exactly that I'm light sleeper, but certain stimuli wakes me up a lot easier than my husband. I’m not sure why that is, but my doctor tells me endometriosis — or any chronic pain condition — can put someone’s central nervous system on high alert.
Here’s are some perfect gifts for the low-sensory sleeper in your life:
- White noise machine. A hum of constant background noise keeps me from reacting to small changes in noise — a car driving by, a door shutting. I used to go back and forth between apps on my phone and an actual fan in my room. But now I use the Snooz White Noise Sound Machine. At $79, it’s a little pricey. But I think it’s worth it. It’s got a lot of adjustable levels, and it’s easy to take with me when I travel — at least whenever the pandemic is over.
- Weighted blanket. I bought one of these because I’d read that they help calm the nervous system. I can’t say if that’s scientifically true, but I do fall asleep and stay asleep easier when I sleep under one. There are lots of brands out there. But I got the 20-pound option from Baloo.
- Eye mask. Even the slightest bit of light seems to get through my lids and keep me from sleep. That can be the glow of the moon or the tiny blue light on my husband’s phone charger. An eye mask shuts all that out. I like the kind with velcro in the back. Anything with metal on the sides hurts my head.
Subscription to relaxation or meditation app
To be honest, everyone could probably use one of these right about now. But my mediation app has helped me with depression, anxiety, and chronic pain management — all conditions common to people with endo.
I can only vouch for the Headspace app, which I've used almost daily for more than five years. But there are other choices out there. The Calm app is another fan favorite.
I’m talking soft pajamas, fuzzy robes, 100% cotton sweatshirts (without tags), fleece-lined socks, and pants without tight elastic bands. Draw-strings are a plus.
I also put wearable blankets in the "clothes" category.
My menstrual undies ease some of the stress that comes with my unpredictable, and heavy periods. For starters, I don’t have to worry about ruining my underwear. They’re also a lot more comfortable for me than tampons or pads.
There are several brands, but I use the kind from Thinx. I use the super heavy my first day, heavy the second, medium the third. You get the picture. I hand wash each pair, and the the quality has held up for several years now.
How old were you when you were diagnosed with endometriosis?