I was having a nice dream, its one of those where you know it was nice but you cannot recall what it was about, my wife got out of bed and it woke me up and BANG!
Suddenly I have gone from a decent sleep and dream to extreme pain, its my legs. My family are used to my “aarrrggghhhh”s and my “oh crap”s, to be honest it’s such a regular occurrence that no-one will check on me, after all they know what’s going on.
I call out to my daughter and ask her to grab me a glass of orange juice, I want to take some Oramorph and the orange is the only thing that stops the taste and dry mouth. The dog comes running in because he has heard me, he hates it when my pain levels are high and he often just sits and stares at me, currently he is under the blankets snuggled up to my legs, he is a miniature dachshund and they love to be under a blanket.
I’m laid flat because my shoulder is joining in today, I didn’t realise at first because my legs hurt so much but it’s hardly surprising my shoulder is painful because I was shuffling along the garden on my backside a couple of days ago. I’m not sure why but if I over do it and I do, the pain is worse not the next day but the day after that, it’s the same with fatigue.
So today it’s all about just getting through the day.
There’s certainly no use moaning about it, this time it’s a self inflicted flare up.
So here’s the plan;
Movies – because distraction is an amazing pain coping technique
Blanket – yes I know it’s already 21°c at 10am but somehow a blanket helps. That’s one for you psychologists
Popcorn – don’t ask, I just like popcorn when my pain levels are up
The dog – my pain buddy, my family got him for me because apparently a cat or dog can help lower pain levels?
Oh and my tablet, not the doctor prescribed type but my Sony Tablet, again distraction is a vital tool to help with pain, I will be on and off of Twitter and various games, its lightweight so it’s not hurting my legs like a laptop and its on a Trabasack©, more about them another time.
So that’s my plan, its not what I want to do but I know it’s the best way of coping, tonight when I’m back in bed and the lights are off, well thats another different story, no distraction means the pain will win, but that’s about twelve hours away, I will deal with that when it happens.