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 21Ā°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 TrabasackĀ©, 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.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

2 thought on “Painful awakening”
  1. I’m totally with you on the heat/blanket front. I have my electric blanket on in bed at all times of the year. Last time I saw my consultant about my CRPS, I mentioned this and he seemed surprised as though he’d never heard about using heat as a method of pain relief. Used to use a hot water bottle for period pain too, no great surprise!

    I agree about using films for distraction; we tweeted recently about box sets too.

    My rescue Jack Russell is a life saver. We’ve had him just under 6 mths now and I’ve seen a positive change in my mental health already. Only problem is that I can’t walk him as much as I should although he gets lots of playtime in the garden.

    This hot weather is no good for me. I’ve started my antihistamines before the hay fever kicks in but I’ve found that I’m having chest pains and trouble breathing instead. My inhaler is at hand.

    Im sorry to hear you’re having such a bad time at the moment. Feel free to vent in my direction on Twitter. Take care

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