Reblog – I’m Good….My Body, Not So Much

This is a very real and honest account of what chronic illness can do to a person. No matter the severity of our conditions, I think we all tend to “put on a happy face/voice” when asked how we are doing. I applaud Sam for putting it into words.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

As a little girl, around the age of 5 or 6, my parents taught me how to answer our home phone.

I can still remember my answering script to this day. I would eagerly rush to the ringing phone and in my brightest, best grown up voice possible,  I would say:

” Hello, 1234567, can I help you?”

The caller inevitably asked:

” Is your Mum or Dad there?

My scripted response was:

” Yes, I’ll just get them, can I please ask who’s calling?”

My decorum and professionalism, at that young age, then departed as I ran excitedly through the house shouting:

” Mum, Dad, phone call…Mr/Mrs xx is on the phone”

Oh well, I’m sure the caller had a good chuckle.

The Professional Approach

That phone answering training as a little girl, really paved the way for how I would communicate in adult life.

In my business career…

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Reblog – Body Behaving Badly

I really needed this today!

My sinuses are really bad today and I believe I have an infection on the right side. The pain is affecting my teeth, jaw and head. Also on the right side, my leg from the thigh to my toes is swollen and very painful. This is the leg with the total knee replacement 10 years ago. On top of that, I am still having pain from getting my back slammed by an elevator door on Monday.

But Sam’s tips on how she copes with a “Body Behaving Badly” day are spot on. Sometimes it is hard to carry out these simple steps; however, it is necessary for healing.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

Those of us living with chronic illness will know only too well how our bodies rebel against us with little warning.

Every morning I tentatively wake up, opening one eye at a time very slowly, scared to move. Will my body behave a little today? Will the slightest movement cause searing pain?

Usually it’s the latter. Pain is my constant companion.

Some days though my body just behaves badly…all day!

I find myself having a very one-sided conversation on these days with said body. It goes something like this:

“Really? You’re going to do that to me today?”

“You don’t think I had enough yesterday of your crippling pain?”

“I would actually like to get a few things done today. I need to write, I’ve got to get out for blood tests. I’d love to go for a coffee with my husband”

The only response I get to this conversation…

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