Chronic pain as my companion- Weigh the benefits with the side effects

This is my mom. She is in a lot of pain and the difficult part is that the doctors aren’t exactly sure why that is. Despite that fact, she is finding ways to stay positive and grateful. This is a trait she and my dad both possess,and it is inspiring to see that. If you know anyone who is in chronic pain pass this along, so that they might know they are not alone. Even if you or someone you know aren’t/isn’t experiencing chronic pain, give it a read. My mother is a wonderful, loving person and I’m sure you could find something of value in her words. Also comment, comment, comment. Positive words from strangers are always uplifting.

Redeeming Pain

Hello readers.  Any of you who suffer from chronic pain have heard the phrase: ‘you must weigh the benefits of this medication against the side effects.’  I have had that conversation with all the neurologists i have consulted with trying to find the cause for my constant headache and vertigo.  When you are in severe pain, you want to believe that the new medication being prescribed by a well respected medical professional will be the source of relief so long hoped for.  The side effects seem a small price to pay if the medication will return you to normal enough functioning that you can return to work.

i am now at the end of the 7th week of medical leave and just consulted with the 6th neurologist to weigh in since May.  After looking at the transcripts from all the previous doctors, his opinion was that the medications I was…

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On Beginnings

Greetings readers, and welcome back for another installment of my thoughts. In my first post I mentioned beginnings and the excitement that comes with starting something new, so I figured I would use my second post to examine the impetus for my blogging endeavor. It is my sincerest hope that my somewhat organized rambling resonates with you, somehow; that my thoughts might stay with you after your clicking whisks you away to internet regions unknown.

To jump right in and set the stage, in recent years my father was diagnosed with diabetes, and more recently with MS. About a year and a half ago my mother began to suffer from intense, chronic headaches, and to make matters worse, these headaches were accompanied by fatigue, balance issues, occasional nausea, and the psychological pain caused by the disruption of normal life.

As time passed, my dad’s diabetes and MS came under better control, with the diabetes being virtually gone, and not suffering any major attacks from the MS. My mother, however, has not found the same level of recovery. The headaches remain, as does the fatigue, balance issues, and the discouragement of not being able to live the life her heart desires.

After more than a year and a half of doctor/specialist visits, resulting in limited results, my mother continues with her own meditative exercises to keep her spirits positive (to learn more about that, and her, you can read her blog, as I don’t want to put words in her mouth).
Fast forward to yesterday. I was chatting with her about how she was feeling and she shared part of her meditation process with me. This have me an idea: Blogging. Taking her thoughts, feelings, disappointments, and triumphs to the internet masses, in hopes that she might find some new measure of relief, new ideas, and perhaps even help others in pain. As it happens, she had thought about it before, but didn’t know where to start. I’m proud to say that I got to be a part of that start, the small push she needed to begin something new. And, new it is; as I write this, she may or may not have posted her inaugural entry of Redeeming Pain , so, keep an eye on her blog, as I have a feeling that wonderful things are about to happen with it.

As for me, while I was helping my mom get started with her own blog, I decided to start my own. The decision was rather spur-of-the-moment, because I didn’t have a clear purpose in mind just yet. All I knew was that I could use an easily accessible outlet for my thoughts and feelings, whether or not they relate to me being a stay at home dad.

Well, there you have it. They story behind the beginning. It’s strange how life works out sometimes: where we find ourselves, with whom we find ourselves, and what we find ourselves doing; all the while not knowing how those things might change in the future. I had never planned on having children, yet here I am lying in bed while my daughter has nappy time after breakfast. Unexpected? Absolutely! However, it is also wonderful despite being 100% uncharted territory for me. I’m still adjusting to this new life, trying to figure out possible next steps for a career when the kids are old enough (goal = high school math teacher), and how to be better at cooking according to a menu, etc. To avoid too many tangents, I will close this thought by saying this: life is wonderful for all it’s surprises, I just had to open my eyes and see it. I’m grateful for what I have, even if I don’t always know what to do with it or always make the right choice. Tomorrow is another day, and today is too short not to love what is in front of me.

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So, now you know me just a little better, and, perhaps I, too, know myself a little better. Let’s find out together, shall we?What do you say? Will you be my friend?

Until next time,
Daniel