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The Reasons I Don't Answer Your Phone Calls as Someone With a Chronic Illness

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Since becoming sick, I have become notorious for not answering the phone, returning texts or responding to caring emails. I feel lucky that I have so much support, and each time someone reaches out it means so much to me.

So why do I always fail to answer the phone? Here are a few of the reasons: 1) Holding a conversation is the most physically difficult task for me to accomplish when I am in a flare-up, and also the most energetically draining when I am well. Until I got sick, I was not aware of how trying the cognitive aspects of a conversation are for me.

Attention, responsiveness, emotional regulation, and thought formulation are no joke when you have a limited capacity. Sometimes a phone call can take away all the energy I need to get

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