Pushing my limits

There are days that I say SCREW IT.

Long story short,  I pay for it.

For those that suffer with chronic pain, there are things that we have to still do in order to keep our sanity.  And sometimes that means leaving the house and going on a long walk, at the state fair.  That’s exactly what I did this last weekend.  I was asking for punishment, I know!  I know my bodies limits. But, I went to the state fair anyways. We, my family and I, walked and walked a lot!  I didn’t do anything stupid like rides, or any crazy games (I left that to my son), I just walked.  I took all the precautions, muscle relaxers, pain meds and frequent breaks. But, I knew while doing it, that the outcome would be a rough few days after.

Here I am, 2 days after, and I am still recovering and will be for at least a few more days.  Yesterday, consisted of more meds, heating pads, a lot of sleeping, and limited shuffling around the house.  Today, I for see the same.  Laying low and taking care of my aching, painful body.

 But it was worth it. It was SO worth it. 

The mental break of being out of the house, among other people, laughing, smiling, and enjoying myself, makes the pain of the recovery worth it.

So, my motto while recovering will be…




There are days…

There are days when I just don’t know what to do. The pain wears me down to where there seems to be nothing left.  I try to push on and through it and it doesn’t do me any good.

These bad days are here to stay.  However, thankfully, everyday isn’t a “bad” day.

Writing in this format and sharing my thoughts, it seems to me that I should add a solution or a resolution to the issue that I am writing about. Isn’t that what some blogs do?  Provide solutions? Give answers? Give useful tips?   However for me there isn’t a cure all. I don’t have any useful tips today. I have no answers.

I am just here to say that chronic pain sucks.  I am stuck with this. That is my reality.  It is a reality for many of you.

If you suffer from chronic pain, and you are reading this, know that you are not alone.  I know what’s behind that smile, behind that “I’m okay”. I know and I understand.

There are days…

Keep swimming

The daily battle…

In the daily battle with chronic pain, the idea of being able to do the things I used to are always in the for front of my head.  There are triggers for me that make me wish I could go back before my back and body pains.

  • Seeing or driving around downtown
  • Driving by new housing developments.

The feeling if only I could try to go back to my past life. If only I could fix my body.

I had worked in real estate for 13 years, then was redirected into IT work before my final blow that lead me to be medically retired. There were many possibilities.  There was hope for a “better” future for me and my family. The idea of what my life could have been, what I should have been.

How do I even allow myself to think about being able to go back to work?  *REALITY CHECK*  Just typing this, I was sitting up and had to go and finish typing this laying down, because of my back. It’s just that I feel I have been sitting dormant for too long.  I get this feeling of being capable of doing so much more. But, what? There is only so many computer games, word finds, sudoku books, and adult coloring books one can do before I am bored out of my mind.

How do you challenge yourself when you are always tired and in pain?


New technology to help with chronic pain

I recently read a blog post on ManageYourPain.info, that was written by G. Peterson, titled “Can Virtual Reality Relive Pain?” With virtual reality and the technology that is now readily available to the everyday person, a person that suffers with chronic pain could use virtual reality as a tool to distract oneself from the pain?  It’s called Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT).  It is used as a tool to distract the mind from the pain.  The article states,

Virtual reality has consistently been demonstrated to decrease pain, anxiety, unpleasantness, time spent thinking about pain and perceived time spent in a medical procedure for patients that are suffering chronic pain. Healthcare providers are realizing that VRT increases patient health outcomes while decreasing anxiety and distress

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My first reaction to this was, interesting. As an alternative to adding yet more medication to a chronic pain sufferers plate, I think that this is yet another option for some to try.  But I do think that it requires an open mind.  To allow yourself to relax, to be open to letting your mind venture off into the virtual reality environment that they are trying to show you.  I see this as a short reprieve from the pain, as once you turn the virtual reality  therapy off, depending on how relaxed or distracted you can keep your mind, the pain could return more quickly in some.  However, If it were made available to me, I would certainly try it. Anything to try and rid myself of the constant pain, even if it is only for a short time frame.  The positive to this type of treatment is the lack of horrid side effects that some of the medications that are out there have.  The worst that could maybe come from this is motion sickness.

Here is a YouTube video that covers the treatment:


Here is the link to the original post:  Can Virtual Reality Relieve Pain? — ManageYourPain.Info.

 Let me know  what your thoughts are.  

Would you try this treatment?

It’s a new day

It’s been a crazy and rough couple weeks. This up and down weather that we have been having here in Minnesota is about killing me, literally. It’s cold, then it warms up, then it’s cold again…. Mother nature needs some hormone therapy!

Bring on the SPRING weather!

I have been recovering lately from what the lovely weather has been doing to my body, and doing some self-care.  Laying low, watching some TV, reading one of my 3 books, resting, and enjoying  the little things in life, like my heating pad.

It has been hard to leave my computer unattended like I have, so as I lay here today, I thought,

Today’s a new day, let’s right a post.

It’s been way too long.

Think Spring


TuesdaysAtTen Today’s post was a part of the, “Tuesdays @ 10 ” writing challenge that is hosted by Finding The Grace Within .  Today’s topic was “New”. If your interested in what the other participants are writing, please check out her blog, as that is where we are all linking up.  Please feel free to Like, Comment and Share 


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What does today bring?

Good Morning

What does today bring?

A quiet house, windows are open, the birds are singing.

The kids are at school, my husband is at work, and the dogs are asleep.

One pot of coffee, done and gone. Pot number two, sure to come soon.

Here I sit in from of this computer wondering how an I going to reach out to the world today?

What am I going to say?

What am I going to do?

Brain fog, and a body that doesn’t want to cooperate…

But, I can do this, right?!?

Think, think, think….


Think, think, think… (theme of jeopardy plays, and then the drum sounds)

(Still nothing)

So maybe, just for today, all I’ll say is,

Good morning!

May your pain be manageable and

I hope you are able to take some time today

to enjoy the little things in life. ❤