These pictures reflect the reason that we choose to join our families…our chronic conditions would prevent such moments.
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Beware of the steady focus on pain alone
For pain is not the only symptom we battle
Yet pain’s voice can be the loudest
Blaring over all others…
Or worse yet, swallowing them into itself
The headache, the abdominal cramps, the stabbing in the feet
Forced to feed into the great voice called Pain…
Those with softer voices yet carrying horrifying weapons of their own
Like bloating, muscle spasms, brain fog, blurry vision, burning sensations
Are carried away on pain’s current, and its need to be in the forefront…
We must remember each one of our conditions
For each one carries its own set of symptoms
Oftentimes overlapping thus covering up the condition responsible…
This masking and blurring, often made worse by our medications
Further weakens the voices the need to be heard and understood
To better assist us in dealing with what condition is truly at the front…
While remembering that each day, each moment
We have no control…none whatsoever…except how we deal with the voices
Attempting to listen harder so that we might better strike at the source…
“Deodorant in second drawer…”
Absently looking into the mirror…
I slowly turn to leave the bathroom.
“Deodorant in second drawer…”
“Oh yes! I must brush my teeth!”
I turn back around
The early morning light
Cascading through the window.
I shuffle out the door…
“Oh yes! Must brush my teeth!”
I find myself in the bathroom again
My eyes happen upon the toothbrush
Hanging quietly, waiting…
Chills hit my body
Drawn to my reflection, again,
I forgot to put on my sweater!
I carefully navigate to the closet.
A glance around the bedroom
I smile as I move toward the bed
Reaching down to collect my soft fleece.
My mind is screaming,
“What did I need to do?”
A long, heavy sigh
I carefully put on the fleece
And begin my slow methodic walk
To my comfy recliner.
I stop part way down the hall,
Slowly shake my head
Another heavy sigh
As I continue to my recliner.
My body falls into the chair,
Feet up with body stabbing and throbbing
I pull the blanket over me;
Waiting for the worst of the pain
To ease enough to rest my aching body.
I find myself as if frozen in time,
“Oh man!! I forgot to put on deodorant!”
At my appointment last week with my Pain Specialist, I found out that all had been approved…ready for the next step…the actual pain pump surgery! So I have been anxiously awaiting for the scheduler to call me.
This evening I got the call! I am to go in for some labs (no fasting required)…and am scheduled for next Wednesday! The time and further details to come via the nurse who will follow up with me between now and Tuesday.
Since today was a busy day, I will rest tomorrow and go in for labs on Thursday morning. That will give plenty of time for the labs to be reviewed and to make sure that there is absolutely no reason to delay the surgery.
I do know that this will be an outpatient procedure…should be 4-5 hours…then able to come home.
Will post more once I speak with the nurse…and of course will discuss my experience with the actual procedure and the process to dial in the medication!
For now? I am just in awe…amazed at how fast all is now moving!!!!
It is amazing to me that what I write on my Blog is read by anyone….anywhere….all OVER the world!!! WOW!!!Place into perspective……I was one of the first in my class to be allowed to have the opportunity to have computers! First EVER in our Middle School….few will remember the TRS 80! Where we recorded our initials to a cassette tape! YES! This is true!
This was the beginning! We take SO much for granted now! I mean….the progression….5″ floppy drives…..then the actual 3″ disk drives! Not to mention the fact that hard drives when from 20 MG to now 1 G!!!!
It is exactly like when I told my baby brother that music was recorded on records! He didn’t know what vinyl was! I grew up with vinyl records! Yes!!!! I am NOT ashamed of that! LOL
I had 68’s and 72’s! (Do you know what that means????)
I loved listening to my “vinyl” records! Yet…by the time my baby brother and sister were born….they had NO idea!
They did not know that 5″ disks…let alone anything other than a 3″ disk existed. Even that did not last long!
I sit here….amazed at how fast technology has changed…..think of it…..in the 1960s….a super computer would take up an entire floor…..now we take for granted that a 1 terabyte drive will easily sit on our desk!
I am thankful for the progress……don’t take me wrong…..it just means….that we have VERY different perspectives! For instance….my youngest brother has no idea about “vinyl”…when it comes to music….
Yet….I remember vinyl…..8-track tape….cassette…..CD!
Think about it…..our children will really have NO idea what it is like to actually have to do everything on their own….they will have NO idea of all the historical steps that took place in order to get us to this place….to where we come to expect HDTV everywhere….to expect streaming video….to have this craziness…..which is now considered normal!
How do we prepare our children…..in this current world….that videos……video games….etc. are the norm…….for the past?