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How to wage a good fight against chronic pain

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I certainly wish it would slow down a bit, but life keeps on cranking. The spiders keep up their swinging routine to make cobwebs. Dust and dirt keep drifting in, along with dog tracks, dog hair, human clutter and laundry. Why doesn't life realize I am not always up to all this work? Let us not leave out my least favorite chore of all and that's the trip to the supermarket. Yuk. I love to cook, but hauling in the groceries is tiring, painful and irritating. Sometimes, I confess, as my sweaty, irritated self passes one of our dogs, wagging their little tails and jumping to greet me, I talk to them. "Hey, you guys. Some of this stuff is for you. Don't just sit there looking cute, grab a bag!" The greatest response I've received thus far from my canine friends is a copious amount of sniffing and digging around in the bags as I sit in a chair, waiting to get the strength to unload them after hauling them up a flight of stairs.

When you live with chronic illness accompanied by pain, you don't always have enough money to hire small chores to be done around the house, for instance, several of our old windows need to be caulked. That huge wind storm we had last year really shook things up, including the windows, the trees and on many houses siding and roofs. Now I'm not doing any roofing, but I can caulk a window or two. You may be thinking, "Why isn't your husband doing those things?" The answer, quite frankly, is two-fold. My sweet guy puts in very long 10-12 hour days at his job as a public health nurse at our county jail. He is also, even by his own admission, one of those people who shouldn't be left alone with a screwdriver or hammer. He has many other wonderful attributes but "handyman" would never appear on his resume.

As I've shared with you in past blogs, I use a Roomba to vacuum and a Scooba to mop. Certainly, there are times and areas when I have to use other tools. It was my choice to put the money into these appliances instead of hiring a housecleaning service. I just don't like the idea of having an ongoing expense and also don't like the idea of strangers in my home. Our two little yappy dogs would also be a problem. When someone invents something to vacuum the stairs, I'll be first in line to buy it if it's affordable. In the meantime, life just keeps demanding my attention. Life just keeps on coming.

It seems the daily pain often has to take a backseat when duty calls. I just don't have the disposition to sit here and watch dogs get stinky; floors grow sticky and dust accumulate one inch at a time. I feel better emotionally and even physically when my surroundings are relatively clean. It is a conscious choice I make in my life. I'm not saying it is right for everyone, but it is my choice. I think I am also convinced that movement is exercise and exercise is a good thing. When exercise can be productive it's even a better thing. The fact that my body hurts doesn't really enter into it sometimes. I try to plan ahead, take a pain pill and do a little bit everyday. Remember, the tortoise won the race. I don't think there are many hares in the group who read this blog.

Sometimes, when I'm hauling laundry up our stairs I chant, "This is good for me. This is good for me." Even in the evening when I'm applying moisturizer to my legs or arms I try to count to forty or fifty as I rub it in as many times, just to work the arms. It doesn't' hurt your skin, either. There is exercise to be found in some unexpected places. Remember the old movie "The Karate Kid?" Wax on, wax off. I think you will find, as I have, life is full of opportunities to strengthen those muscles just by repetition of a simple, gentle action.

I'm convinced if I just sit or lie down...I'd become a pretzel in no time at all and I'd also be one very grouchy pretzel. What's fun about that? At least, this way, I feel like I'm fighting back which kind of comes naturally for some of us, perhaps, more than others. It can be learned, you know. Fight the good fight as it is the battle for your life.

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