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Crow, July 27, 2011 in Chit-Chat Forum
oh my, i havent' been to mass in months and months (thankfully my parents take the kids for me, as ive been way to sick for so long)..... unfortunately, when i am able to go, i remain sitting at all times.... if i keep standing up over and over, i throw up, pass out or get so very dizzy and faintish.... not a pretty sight at mass..... i never thought going to mass could be so challenging with this disease???? but oh yes... it is, as are most things!
hope you made it!
I have the same problem I have been to mass in forever, it makes me really upset but I don't know what there is I can do about it. I would love any suggestions I would appreciate it!
I go to a protestant service, but spoke with the pastor to let him know about my illness and that I'd be lying down in one of the back rows so that I'd still be able to attend. I sometimes got funny looks from the other congregants but just told them that I had a heart problem and then they were sympathetic.
Best of luck. I can't stand up in church either- even sitting for any length of time is a challenge at my worst.
I struggle to go also. I was too embarassed to sit while the old ladies next to me stood up, haha. Anyways, I found an online mass that I at least try to view weekly. Many sites offer this especially for home stricken people due to illness and you can watch at any time.
Something to think about. Makes me feel a little more normal.
We don't have to kneel and get up and down at my church, but of course everyone gets up to sing. I just stay seated while hubby gets up. Works great! I am so happy to be back at church again.
I really miss church, too. I'm going to try to go this Sunday, because I want a "home church" that I can attend for Christmas services. I really miss going on Christmas Eve. I used to go to that service - and others- every year until I got so sick.
Good idea on watching it on the computer. When I have made it to church, I just stay sitting when the other congregants stand up.
Mass is extra challenging for me, too, especially since my glutteal muscles/tendons were ripped off my hip bone when I got hit by a car, our pews are solid wood, I weigh about 95 lbs and so sitting is very painful to me. My cardiac specialist told me that I must sit through services--no standing and kneeling. I explained to priest the situation (and yes, it's a little embarrassing when all the little old ladies on walkers and canes get up and you don't). I also bring a fan, a padded staduim seat, and carry my bottle of water and Mestinon in case I were to suddenly start to feel that heating sensation. I'm getting used to it. I get so much more out of physically being present with parish family than watching mass on TV.
Now this makes me leary. I still lector. With the cardiac specialist telling me that I will have more spells without warning makes me a little nervous. On those days I am sure to wear my compression hose (takes me an hour to get them on and 2 of us to get them off). So far, standing up slowly and the scripture readings do not require long periods of standing, I have been able to continue this and should I ever start to feel symptomatic I will have to give serious thought to dropping that activity, too.
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