Sunday, December 22, 2013

When Will I Learn???

As I write this post, I can already feel the DOH! remarks and smacks upside my head (be gentle please). Once again, I didn't listen to my body. There is a good reason why the bible teaches that we reap what we sow! Today, I sowed way more than my body could keep up with and I reaped a whole lot of pain!! It wouldn't be so bad if it was only the first, second, maybe even third time I had experienced this. However, in the six years I have been dealing with chronic pain and fatigue, you would think I'd have this figured out by now!!


If my life were a sitcom, I'd be laughing hysterically by now. Maybe if I added canned laughter to my iTunes mix just to add some comic relief to my bone-headed antics. Maybe I should be the chronic pain/fatigue poster child with a big warning sign over my head blazing "Don't let this happen to YOU!" 

What prompted this post, you might ask?

I am taking new pain medication that has had an almost miraculous effect on me. I went from being 70% bedridden and sobbing in pain to being able to visit with family and almost have a "normal" day! In fact, I had three days like this! So, when today wasn't going according to my expectation (yeah, you know where this is going)...

Just STOP!

My day started with a shower (then I should have rested), then laundry (I definitely should have rested), then making dinner... (uh oh, now sliding down the slippery slope to pain land). I should have stopped. I knew I should have stopped but inside my head I kept thinking -

But I was able to do just as much those other days!

So I plowed ahead and cleaned my bathroom (DOH! DOH! and double DOH!!! - insert canned laughter). It didn't take long for pain to explode along the side of my face to the point where I felt nauseous. I'm not looking for your pity; I blatantly asked for it (the pain, not your pity)!

What it did teach me was that I still need to be vigilant this Christmas. Just last week I wasn't even sure I would be able to participate in any of the Christmas festivities. I envisioned myself at home alone lying in the dark and crying into my cat. How foolish it would have been for me to think that just because I'm getting relief from my new medication I could throw all caution to the wind.

I was blessed with a warning shot

As you prepare for this Christmas season, have you figured out your game plan to get through it safely? This post from Shelley Hendricks gives a few easy tips to help you.

What other tips can you share?


"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."                                         Matthew 11:28