I began this discussion while bedbound. On Christmas night, I'll celebrate the 2nd anniversary of breaking my ankle in three places and I can report that it is now great. Physical therapy and continued exercise to strengthen it have brought me to a good place. I think back from time-to-time, to collect my thoughts about what I learned.
It gave real meaning to all the idea that health is (almost) everything, and to what it means to live one day at a time. It certainly gave me greater understanding of what those of you who deal with chronic conditions go through. Not a perfect understanding by any means, but I do hope that my experience made me a little humbler, a little more patient, a little more empathetic.
I know without a doubt that I found deeper levels to my spiritual self. It can only have made me a better writer.
To those of you now in pain, may I extend prayer for safety, for peace, for happiness, and for ease of well-being. How can I help?
I also am trying to write through pain...I have had fluid buidup in my right ear for three months, dizziness, pain, headaches,sleeping sitting up. We finally got rid of the fluid, only for the doctor to discover that my eardrum is pushed over my ear bones because of something 'growing' in there. I am going on Monday for an MRI to find out if it is a brain tumor...I will not stop writing in the meantime.
Anna, I'll be holding a good thought for you, in the tradition of the Buddhist Loving-Kindness Meditation: may you be safe, may you know peace, may you be happy, may you have ease of well-being. Especially ease of well-being. Please come back here and let us know how you are.
MRI was done yesterday...now we wait for the results.
P. Allen I hope to read your book...I hope your pain eases and I admire how you kept on writing. I also know of the night crying as I have rheumatoid arthritis which keeps me awake many nights, unable to get the pain med bottle open or even to get myself up to the bathroom...I think it's the worst feeling to have to wake someone who is sleeping peacefully just to help me. Best of luck to you.