Finding a day that worked turned out to be a little tricky as they are busy young adults, but we finally did. As the weekend drew close I was fighting an especially bad, hard to manage migraine. I was fairly certain, right up until that morning, that we would have to cancel. Just in the nick of time things turned around enough that I felt up to having the company. I even spent the entire day hiding from the sun in hopes of avoiding retriggering the migraine beast.
The evening was a success. They are very nice people and an adorable couple. Conversation was easy and we had some good laughs.
I woke up the next morning (Sunday) feeling hung over, despite not having a drop of alcohol the night before. My head was pounding, my whole body was sore, my eyes were bleary and I was exhausted. Unable to shake it, I spend the entire day in this state. The drapes stayed closed and the lights stayed low. Basically, I didn't do anything all day besides rest.
Any time I want to do something outside of my usual routine I must make time to prepare a day or two in advance and then make time to recover a day or two after. Still, the time spent preparing for and recovering from a social engagement is totally worth it. As important as my routine is to managing my chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, it's equally important to my mental and emotional health to get out and interact with the world from time to time. I enjoy getting out of my lounge clothes and putting on a little make-up and just doing something fun.
I'm glad I haven't had to entirely give up making new memories and having a good time just because I'm living with chronic pain.