A Gloomy Day and Something to Smile About

Lady of Pain

Lady of Pain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My world has always had physical pain in it, but some days I can completely (for the most part) ignore the pain and go on my merry little way. Today I cannot.


There has been a lot of talk in the past whether or not arthritics and those with physical bone and joint issues can predict the weather. This little feat is something my friends do not doubt happens with me, because they will watch the local weather and then call and ask me “Is it really going to rain?” So far my predictions have been better than the weather man. As a “for instance” I kept telling my husband yesterday it was going to rain. He kept saying, “It isn’t going to rain until Saturday.” We were on our way to have dinner and see a movie last night and it began to rain. It was fun to say, “I told you it was going to rain.” He, of course, didn’t say anything.


Last night was terrible as far as the pain was concerned. I couldn’t find a comfortable spot to sit. There wasn’t a comfortable spot in tilting (my wheelchair is a tilt chair), and when I finally forced myself to go to bed, there really wasn’t a comfortable position to lay because both shoulders were throbbing as if huge spikes were being driving through them; the right hand and wrist felt as if a hot spike was being driven through it; and both feet felt awkward, numb-ish, and just throbbed. My spine and neck added to this lovely concoction and zapped pain from the base of my skull to my coaxes.


Today has not been much better. The spine isn’t screaming half as much as it did, but the rest of me is sure reminding me of when I move too fast or too slow, or I bump something, or something bumps me, like one of the dogs. And, even though this is truly a BAD DAY, there are some positives around me that simply can’t be ignored:


My dog Chewy is beside me every moment and trying his best to make everything better by just loving me as much as he can, even if I can’t touch him without flinching. He has even stood extra still for petting without me having to say a single word because he knows just how bad a day this really is.


There is also a Nook e-reader for me to turn to and escape into a story because my wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law got it for me just in case of days like today. It lets me read without having to worry about balancing a book or turning the pages. My friends and wonderful husband is making sure there is plenty for me to read by giving me gift cards to Barnes & Noble so there is always payment for a book I would like to read.


The television is also working. The TV was my second escape from the pain when I was a child. I can remember laying perfectly still on the couch and watching TV and just letting it take my mind away for a little while. It still does its wonderful trick.


The most important positive is my loving husband and those wonderful, kooky friends that surround me like a second family. What would I do without any of you?


Even on the worst days, sometimes it is good to look at the good things around you.




About Henrietta Handy

I am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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