Dropping the ball… and kicking it along for a bit

To cut a long story short, I wound up with insufficient medication before my next pain doc appointment, and had to cobble together my full dose by using 3 smaller-dose tablets. Periodically over the last month, I’ve been peering quizzically into my bottle and wondering if all those little pills were … Continue reading

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Fixing the brakes

Interesting week here. A dear friend is embroiled in one of those ghastly legal tangles where the vultures are rigged to win. I’m the key defense witness. This comes up later. This whole winter, I’ve been basking — simply basking! — in the sheer delight of being safe, sheltered, warm, … Continue reading

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To fail myself is to fail others, and doesn’t that suck!

My desk setup is nonexistent and much of it still buried in unpacking. I wish I’d been writing some of the wonderful blog ideas that have passed through, but I didn’t. Rather than trying to reconstruct them from addled hindsight, I’ll just go on as if I had a whole … Continue reading

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First, keep breathing

I say that a lot. The first thing our bodies do when we get a burst of pain or other shock is, clench. Hard to breathe effectively when clenched and, oddly, it’s hard to do anything else — except let the anxiety-mad sympathetic nervous system run riot. For normal people, … Continue reading

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T’ai chi and emotional pain

When I’m out in the world, my reflex is to shove grief into a bundle and push it aside, and try to act as if I don’t feel it. It’s always surprising how much energy that actually takes. When I’m doing anything else that takes much effort, it’s nearly impossible. … Continue reading

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Breathing

Sooner or later, it all comes back to breathing. Without adequate breath, obviously, nothing else matters. As a sometime ER nurse and continuing asthmatic, I’m more than usually aware of that fact. I mean something beyond that, though. Something more pervasive. Breathing, like walking, is one of those things that … Continue reading

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