Thursday, August 5

Gratitude for Naming Pain

Wow. I can't believe it has been weeks since I posted here. I apologize for that. The past 4 weeks have been a whirlwind of pain for me. I fainted at home alone and injured my hip badly on Thursday afternoon 4 weeks ago. Because my injury is deep within my hip, it took weeks to identify the problem. So in the meantime, I have been on copious amounts of pain meds. My brain is still foggier than a San Francisco bay morning.

I have been struck this week by how powerful the process of naming pain is. Even though my injury is disappointingly permanent, just knowing the reason for the pain and the name of the problem has dramatically improved my mood and outlook. Terrible pain of unknown origin for an unknown duration was causing some pretty intense depression. But now I know what is wrong and I know what to do about it.

Even though there is no relief of pain yet, (my appointment isn't until next week) just knowing there will be  improvement provided a huge boost to my wellbeing. It has given me hope and let me know that I am not alone. I am so grateful for that.

"Where there is no vision, there is no hope." --George Washington Carver

Woman at sunset appearing to hold the sun in her hand.
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