Though I am paying for it today, this weekend was probably the best weekend I have had in over a year!
Not to mention, it has rained every weekend for weeks here in Pinellas County, Florida, but 😇 God must have been shining down on us this weekend 🌞 the Grand Prix boat races came into Gulfport, Florida for the 2nd year. And it was a free event! Probably the best part about it was it was on the beach 🏖 Y’all it really doesn’t get much better than digging your toes in the sand and watching some cool ass boats racing by!
We were blessed with a beautiful Breeze and though the first day we didn’t plan as well as we should have
the 2nd day we were ready!
Cooler full of water ✅ bag full of snacks ✅ chairs for our butts ✅ umbrella ✅
I hope you enjoyed a little snippet of my great spoonie weekend!
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Glancing at some Q-tips on the floor, under my son’s bedside table, I begin to wonder 🤔
How do they even get there?!
🤔 at what point in our lives does it become painfully apparent that we are now the party “responsible” for picking up that thing on the floor (or under the table, etc?) When does it hit us that we are now the picker upper??
🤷 when did you reach this milestone in your life? Or are you still one of the lucky non picker upper people???
As parents our instinctual mission in life is to protect our children from pain, all types of pain, because, let’s face it, as adults we know life can be extremely painful; both emotionally and physically. There will inevitably be times in life when we cannot protect them, and we are forced to sit by helplessly and comfort them the best we can. As scary as it may be, I believe when these times arise we find out the superheroes we really are! I was gifted with so much mentally clarity and energy; things I lack on a daily 🙄😒 but, not yesterday. That parental instinct kicks in, and suddenly we are our children’s superhero’s! I think that makes us all at least a little badass 💪😅
So here I am 8 months after surgery and 2 + weeks after having stopped taking Lyrica, it’s hard to explain how I somehow feel better and worse all at the same time 🤷 I highly doubt I will ever take Lyrica again. I know it may work for some but I found it was not working for me. Sadly most of the symptoms I had a year ago have returned; added to them is the feeling of an ogre squeezing the bottom left side of my head all day long..
I just try to remind myself that my CSF flow being severely blocked was reason enough for the surgery and I guess if I really had to weigh it out honestly I do feel better than I felt in August of 2017.
Hmm 🤔 maybe had I been able to lock myself up in a safe little box away from the world while I was recovering things wouldn’t have felt so rough 🤷 but life keeps happening no matter what else is happening.
I’m learning to adapt, as I always have, that’s what a chronic pain Warrior does. I’m determined I’m still going to live my life!💪 Chiari has had me for too long, it’s time that I have Chiari.
God put it on my heart to write this today. I hope it reaches it’s intended audience!
Taking the time to listen. Listen to the silence. Listen to the whisper in your soul.
The world continues to grow busier and busier, so how do we learn to listen?
I’ve experienced first hand what not listening can do to a person. The chaos it causes in our hearts and souls and in turn our lives. I’ve experienced what listening can do for a person as well. Thankfully I’ve spent the last five years of my life making listening a goal. The dramatic change it makes is well worth the work it takes.
By now you may be wondering what exactly I mean by listening. What I mean is learning to listen to your soul. That whisper inside us all. There are many names for it, I personally choose to believe the whisper inside me is God. It is him speaking to me. And learning to hear him, to listen to myself, my gut, my true self, has caused me to grow more than I ever thought I could! If we would all just stop and take the time to be still and quiet, and stop listening to what everyone and everything around us is telling us about ourselves! And start listening to what our God is telling us about ourselves! You see all the power we need is inside of us and we allow noise and fear and obstacles, we allow life to get in the way of listening.
Trust me it’s not easy learning to listen and it doesn’t happen everyday but my God the days it does!! The days it does makes all the effort worthwhile.
The day we stop asking “why is this happening to me?” and start asking “what is this trying to teach me?” That’s the day we become free.