Things haven’t been easy for the last few days - running into weeks, actually - over here at Casa de Cosgrove. I’ve recently moved from California to Texas, and the constant pressure changes are playing on my last, ferocious and fiery nerve. I’ll admit that I’m not the umm, easiest person to deal with when it comes to times like this, and I think that’s terrible! I mean, everyone has something right? So we should all be kind. We should absolutely all be nice.
How do y’all deal with it? Are there any other Texans on here in chronic pain dealing with this long lasting pressure issue? Any advice?
My body has been desperately thirsting for any sort of relief, and tonight I may have finally found it! Surprisingly, hope wasn’t to be found amongst the countless extra remedies recently added to my bedside table. This newfound optimism didn’t suddenly Jack-in-the-Box-style pop out of a pill case (although how cool would that be?! Positivity on demand!). Nope. I’ve nixed all of that and gone for something time-tested and old-fashioned. It’s called wisdom. Imagine that, eh?
Perhaps you’d already guessed from the picture above, but I’ve decided to start taking a daily dose of Dolly. Yup, Dolly Parton. I absolutely adore what she has to say! Her quote (above) is brilliant and gives the whole wizened “one day at a time” approach a fresh perspective. It is so necessary for those of us with Chronic Pain to indeed think with an “each day is a fresh start” mentality so as not to get cranky, awful, moody, mean, and just unjustifiably (yup! unjustifiable. mean is never justifiable) horrible when the pain has gone on for days or weeks, perhaps months or even years! And may indeed go on for many more.
Break. It. Up.
Maybe one day in your pain flare will be just slightly better than the rest! If you see each day as a fresh start, you’ll take advantage of this! You’ll notice that the pain has decreased - even if just by a tiny, minuscule amount - and you’ll get up and do something lovely! Who knows… this positive kickstart of a day might just roll you over into something else that’s not just lovely, but brilliant!
If you take the same scenario of having a day that’s slightly better than the rest, but you remove Dolly’s philosophy and instead think in terms of the fact that your pain is just a loooooong stretch of “bad weather” or “low pressure” or “shit general pain I hate my life and I’m not getting out of this bed!” you’re clearly not going to take advantage of the day, or week, perhaps even of the month. You’ll get frustrated, and aggravated, amongst other things. It can happen to the best of us.
So, “If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning.” - Dolly Parton
Lots of love to you all! Happy Wednesday! It’s almost the weekend!
Be Well - Danni
Ps - Lots of prayers and positive vibes going out on this end to our dear friend and Project3x5’er, Misty. Unfortunately, as she points out, her past Friday 13th lived up to it’s nasty little stereotype. Poor thing ended last work week with not just a totaled car, but worse yet, extensive injuries from the sheer force and subsequent downpour of shattered glass caused by the collision.
I know it may seem an odd thing to say when Misty is so incredibly banged and stitched up, but knowing that her precious child wasn’t on board and having seen the vehicle ‘after’ pictures - it’s something to be truly thankful for that things aren’t any worse.
So, lots of love to you, Misty! I’m thrilled you’re going to be ok! I hate that something as drastic as this must often act as the reminder, but I know I’ll squeeze my loved ones extra hard tonight. I’ll be counting you all twice in my blessings as well…
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Misty! Along with bunches of spoiling in the meantime! That goes for all of you in recovery or having an extra tough time at the moment.
Be well and be SAFE! - Danni xx