Journal: 2/20/14

Today is a perfect example of why this blog exists. I woke up all gung-ho this morning to officially launch I planned to write my first journal post, proudly announce this new project to the world, and then enjoy the rest of the day with my hubby who has the day off (our dishwasher started leaking late last night and he stayed home to deal with it). Instead, I’m having a pain day.

I had my weekly massage therapy appointment yesterday. Massage therapy is one of the biggest helps for my Fibromyalgia, but it is painful. Usually, I’m only uncomfortable the day of, but sometimes I will be in pain for two or three days. This is one of those times, and that means I’ve spent the day on the couch with my two best inanimate friends, Mr. Netflix and Ms. Ice Pack. Today is also one of the rare, lovely days when my pain meds aren’t enough, so I’m sick to my stomach too. Right now I’m just glad that it has backed off enough to be able to sit and write.

Days like today can feel like such a waste, but it has been a good day for spending time with my little family. Joxer, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has been especially cute and cuddly today. I’ve been enjoying every minute of it and soaking up all the feel-good oxytocin I can. Later, hubby and I have plans to watch the Redbox movies we rented, Riddick and World War Z (yay, finally!).

Distraction is the best method I’ve found to deal with days like today. When I can, I distract myself with work on weekdays; otherwise, it’s video games, movies, and TV shows. If reading fiction during the day didn’t give me zombie brain, I’d do that too. The absolute best distraction is spending time with friends, so I take advantage of that whenever possible. When I’m well distracted I no longer register pain. My brain is wrapped up in the work I’m doing or the conversation I’m having or the story I’m watching/playing. It can even be so effective that I don’t need the pain meds at all. That’s a good pain day, if there is such a thing.

So, I guess the new plan is to launch tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m gonna go distract myself with movies and doggy cuddles.

–Amy 🙂

What helps you on a pain day? Do you use distraction too? I’d really love to know, so please leave a comment below. 😀


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