Friday, December 2, 2016

Through Thorny Ways

From an old hymn:

"Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. 
Leave to thy God to order and provide, 
who through all changes faithful will remain. 
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly, Friend 
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Knowing that illness can be a joy stealer, praying peace for your heart and a spirit of thankfulness today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HashTag ThisIsChronicIllness

It is national Invisible Illness Awareness Week.
I was prompted to share raw footage of my morning:

After watching this clever, poignant and entertaining clip yesterday:

An hour later, I recorded Part 2 of my morning:

As a video link, in words, whatever, please share your experience with hidden illness in the comments!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What Was Paul's Thorn?

A wonderfully concise, yet informational, explanation of Paul's thorn can be found on the Blue Letter Bible website. Excellent study synopsis!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pain Scale

I have been a health blogger (though right now this blog is fairly quiet while my stroke blog sees most of my active posting) for almost as many years as blogging has been a platform. You could say that I am a "professional patient." This is certainly not that I WANT to be, simply a description of reality after living with various health challenges nearly since birth, the full-blown onset of chronic illnesses in my late teens, a decade of infertility and recurrent miscarriage, severe allergies such as anaphylaxis toward balloons (and other latex), then six strokes in my late 30s. By my mid 40s, I've seen the inside of more ambulances, emergency rooms, hospital rooms, doctors offices, labs, MRIs and other testing machines and equipment, been stuck with more needles, than anyone would hope to experience in twice as many years, far more than most people do in a full lifetime!

For all that experience, I have never had a good grasp on the dreaded "pain scale," that row of happy through sad faces that's supposed to represent my current levels of pain in answer to the care giver's inquiry.

Finally I found point-by-point explanations of each and every point on the scale. I wish every hospital, every doctor's office, across the country, had a laminated copy of this exact chart, hanging in the office, to put in our hands when asking this question. I believe we all would receive much better quality of care if we all were "speaking the same language" when it came to our pain!

To my surprise, after being told countless times that I have an unusually high pain threshold and tolerance, I found that I often report my pain level as "too high, according to this chart that rates unmedicated natural childbirth as a solid 8. I figure if I often mis-report, you likely do too!

It was also vindicating to see several areas where I, trying to rate my pain purely on a "sliding scale" of percentages of raw pain as relevant to other experiences of pain, also have inaccurately "undervalued" my entire pain experience.

I've printed this out to carry in my purse. Next time I'm asked this question, I can point to a precise answer and let my care-giver see exactly what my answer means.

Thank you Pro Health (link to this image in full size)!!! Take time to read the "pitfalls" information at the end please, too.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Can't Count On This Body

Today I posted several thoughts about living with an unreliable body, along with writing news, over at