Friday, September 23, 2011

West Dennis Sunset

On Sunday evening my darling, LM, took this photo and there it was for me in my morning e-mail on Monday.  The way he loves nature endears him deeply to me.
It's already Friday and the beginning of several weeks of more than usual busyness.  Tonight we are going to a concert (Zoe Lewis) , and Saturday I will begin 5 days of dogsitting.  By the end of next week daughter, Anne will be here for a visit. 
Sometime in there we will celebrate Kristi's birthday with a bowling expedition and a homecooked dinner. 

As many of you know, I've been dealing for a long time with a lot of pain for various reasons, most recently from a torn rotator cuff that needs surgery, and arthritis in one knee.  I've been managing the pain with ibuprofen but really do not like how it makes me feel, physically and emotionally, not to mention how awful I feel when I wake every morning, and the bleeding ulcer I deal with. Eight days ago, I decided that I was just going to stop fighting the pain with a pill.  I made up a little plan to use my breath and my mind to cope.  Each time the pain enters my consciousness, I embrace it, "say hello," take a long slow breath and exhale, and within seconds I have no further awareness of pain.  It has been a week of incredible success and I feel so much better, alert, happy, and empowered.  I only have this moment and in it I am pain free. it sounds way too simplistic but it is working!  No ibuprofen for eight days is amazing to me.  I'm so grateful. 

Happy weekend all and wishing you beautiful sunsets!

3 comments:

judemiller1 said...

Well--that IS amazing! Sort of like self hypnosis? Somedays I don't take any pain meds because I don't want to run the risk of stomach bleeding. Ibuprofen sure helps though. I alternate between that and Tylenol # with codeine and an anti-inflammatory--a different med on different days. I completely understand the pain factor--you still are capable of doing more then I can--but "we" need to think about having our needed joint surgeries I guess. Have a great weekend!!!

Happy Days said...

How simply wonderful!! I have done that many times, and many times it has worked great. Keep up the good mind bending success!! LM's photo was so pretty! Nothing like the Capes sunsets huh?! Dog sitting in a beautiful environment has it's advantages doesn't it!! And the pups aren't half bad either!! Today is rainy and chilly. But the rain sounds good. I've put off going to the store. Guess I better just get up and go. Barney is napping on the top deck of his condo. God! he's so sweet ~ I am so glad God sent him my way...debbie

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I am proud of you
and beautiful sunset
have a good weekend...