Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What's a writer to do? 3 tips to deal with life's distractions

Two days ago I was gung-ho about getting some posts written, working on my JewelScent project and piddling in some of my pretty papers, stickers, markers and the like for a little creative time. I even posted a giveaway (you entered, right?) and organized two more that I'm excited to get started.



Then everything went screwy after I hurt myself. You see, last Thursday I went bowling and we played two games. This is the first time I've done anything like this in more than three years. The last year has been spent being treated for and fighting multiple myeloma and prior to treatment I was feeling absolutely horrible.

Won't hurt anything to do a little bowling, right? So.wrong. It hurt my buttocks/glute area on the left, which was very sore and tender from putting all of my weight on that side when taking my turn. Before I continue let me give you a bit of necessary information: I have chronic pain in my left hip mainly due to residual pain because of a small lesion on the bones in my right hip, and I also have fibromyalgia.

I didn't make that big of a deal about the pain, but it didn't seem to be going away. On Sunday night I massaged the area (hip, thigh, buttocks and lower back) with Topricin really well and upon waking Monday I was amazed at how much better I felt. There was hardly any pain and I wasn't limping when I walked. Happily, I went about my day.



Later last night I was getting down on the floor to see what kind of journals were on the bottom shelf and to get closer - and comfortable - I began to move my legs into Indian style. The pain that ripped through my hip, thigh and buttocks was like a hot knife cutting through my body while a giant ripped my leg right out of the socket. Most who know me are aware I have a very high tolerance for pain, but this time I didn't handle it well at all. I screamed and sobbed while tears seeped over my eyelids and down my cheeks.

Everything I had planned to do had to be put off because I had to stop and lay down to rest even though I didn't want to. Plus, I'm limping and moving around so slowly that it didn't make sense to torture myself. Today I called my Physician's Assistant in hematology/oncology and she forced instructed me to go to the emergency department. After some waiting and a brief examination x-rays were ordered... but we didn't get the results.

The doctor went on seeing other patients when we asked about the results and said he was about to look at them soon. Another hour passed and still nothing. So after two hours of waiting for him to read the x-rays we left. Tomorrow I'll call my PA again for the results of the x-ray and talk to her about getting an MRI to check the muscles in that area as well.

Since I had to deal with this head on it took me out of work mode; so, what did I learn from this?

3 quick tips to deal with life distractions 


  1. Take a break - There will be occasions when you don't have a choice but to stop and take care of what's necessary. When it comes to taking care of yourself there is no question... Just stop.
  2. Don't worry about it - I don't know about you, but even though I may have to stop I still fret about what I didn't get done.
  3. Make a plan - To keep yourself from worrying about how much work you're behind on or how much extra work you'll have to do, formulate a plan that will ease you back into work. That's much better than dumping yourself into a large pile of paperwork, to-do lists, emails and all the other things we do in any one given day.

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