Holidays can be a real challenge for some people. If you happen to have a disability there are even more considerations that families and hosts need to consider so the holiday can be joyous for everyone.
If a guest (or family member) has a gastric disorder, such as celiac, crohn’s, or diverticulitis that require special diets, the guest should let the cooks know of these limitations. It doesn’t mean that the whole meal revolves around one person but consider that some courses are made that everyone can enjoy.
When setting the table, think about where a wheel chair bound will sit and can easily navigate.
For those who suffer from fibromyalgia, CFIDS, or another disability who tires easily, don’t be offended if they need to lay down for a bit, leave early, or decide to cancel at the last minute. On the other hand, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so I will push myself if I feel lousy to cook, travel, and accept the fact that I may well have a flare up when the weekend is over. For me, it is worth it because it is a holiday that brings me great joy.
If you are traveling, be sure to have plenty of medication. I always have at least two days more worth of meds just in case flights are cancelled or highway traffic is more than you can handle and you spend an extra night in a motel.
These are just a couple of suggestions for everyone to have a wonderful holiday weekend. If you have additional ideas or tips, add them in a comment.
I wish everyone a relaxing and happy Thanksgiving weekend!