Good Morning everyone! Wow.. what a busy few days. Friday afternoon I did a couple lawn sales with my hubs and Sunday I went to a family bbq. I know we have talked about how to manage your pain and this weekend was no exception. Let me tell you a little bit on how it went.
We have a route that goes for quite a few miles thru a bunch of little towns. It is Route 90 and once a year they have lawn/garage/antique sales. So we drove to a little town that had a bunch of sales all in the same spot. I walked around them with my cane. Then I knew I had to sit on my ice for a while,, so we got back in the car,, with me on ice and taking another pain killer. From there we drove for a little bit back towards home. We found another spot that had quite a few sales all together and stopped. Again my cane and I went for a small walk. Back into the car. At that point my pain was starting to get to the point that I could not do any more walking. Once back in our home town we did stop at a local church rummage sale (because I was stubborn and did not want to quit,, I was really enjoying the time with my hubs) From there it was home and on the couch with muscle relaxers (spasms were starting to get quite heavy by then) pain killers, ice and a good book.
The bbq with my family was pretty much the same routine as Friday was. In the car with my ice machine, drive to family home, chat with friends and family, know when pain is getting to be too much,, back in the car,, with pain killers, ice machine, tens machine, and head back home. Once home on the couch with ice, meds, tens unit and art supplies!
My whole point to this story is yes you can go and do, yes it does cause more pain, and yes you have to learn when to say enough is enough. Would I have loved to keep going on Friday and stay longer on Sunday? Absolutely!!! However, when you live with chronic pain you have to learn to say ok,, I have had enough. You have to know when you need outside help,, meaning ice, cane, meds, etc. And most of all you have to know that you are doing your best. If someone gives you grief try to help them to understand. I have learned in the last 5 years that I need to put those limits of pain in my life. If I don't then it is me that has to suffer. I refuse to go back into that realm of pain where I just want to bang my head on the wall until I feel nothing!!
So think about it the next time someone ask you to go and do! Figure out how you can manage your pain while you are spending time with someone you love. Most of all don't forget to have fun,, That's what life is all about!! (((gentle hugs)))
Hi. I was a "normal" gal just living, working and playing until "IT" happened. The accident that changed my entire life as I knew it. This is my story. I hope you follow along and somewhere along this journey find inspiration to accept where you are in life and work within those bounds. Most of all,, Have Fun,, That's what life is all about!!