For many years I’ve had weird symptoms which I finally learned in November is radiculopathy from spinal stenosis (Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings (called neural foramina) where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.) I hurt a lot and often and big time at night.
I also teach that every situation has one or more gifts or blessings and so I pretty much have to look for those gifts and/or blessings myself.
BUT FIRST I HAVE TO COMPLAIN.
That is one of the things I am clearly seeing. I do need to be heard about how hard this is but, taking the advice from my Wise Fairy God Mother, I really try to keep it to no more than 15 minutes a day. If I go on about any longer, I chance being stuck in a negative, feeling sorry for myself place all day – and that just adds to the burden.
ANOTHER THING I’M LEARNING IS ONE PERSON, NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY LOVE ME, CANNOT KEEP HEARING MY COMPLAINTS AND NOT BE EFFECTED.
My husband is a lovely and loving man. No one has ever cared about me the way he does. And he has been called to act on “for better or worse” a whole lot since October or November. I had reached the place where I could hardly walk and needed much care and errand running – even in our small apartment. But he is not impervious to the emotional space that I am in and he needs love and attention too. So I am going to start journaling my “stuff” first thing in the painful morning and relieve him of some of my complaining verbalizations.
I THINK I’VE ALWAYS BEEN COMPASSIONATE ABOUT OTHERS PAIN BUT NOW I REALLY UNDERSTAND THE MINUTE-BY-MINUTENESS OF IT.
Physical pain is hard to ignore. Nerve pain is hard to ignore. It has often made sitting and sleeping hard or near impossible.
My husband was telling me the this morning that because I’m a born teacher (look around the site), I will be helping people with this and that teachers who teach by example (which I am), must experience things in order to not just be spouting information but really getting to someone else’s heart.
I’m sure there is more and I’m sure I’ll be writing more as I journey through this new adventure in my life. And to end on a positive note, I have found treatment that I believe will work and has already shown some positive results.