LPN Linda’s Life Lessons

June 9, 2010

Today was therapy and an appointment at the Breast Care Center for a little problem I’ve had over the past six months or so. Both were exhausting, triggering, and embarrassing, but I learned some interesting life lessons……..

*If you have chronic, unexplained pain in your body a unique way to understand it is to let that part do the talking. If that particular part of your body could talk what would it say? What message does it have for you?

* Try ice. Cool down. Put it on you or in your drink and get grounded and aware.

* Soothe yourself. Moisturize (physically or emotionally) daily to avoid dry, irritated areas. (For me this referred to using aloe and vitamin E to help the healing process of a body part.)

* Rotate different strategies. Don’t let your body or psyche become numb to the repeated use of one technique.

*Keep track of how it feels and affects you throughout the day – good or bad or indifferent.

* Use what you have.

* Play.

These were meant as physical solutions to a breast problem I have, but as I went over what I wrote during the appointment I felt they could be applied in other areas. I hope you can find some use for them.


7 Responses to “LPN Linda’s Life Lessons”

  1. castorgirl Says:

    These are really good, and definitely transferable to other areas of healing… Thanks 🙂

    I find rotating strategies to be important – sometimes if you use the same distraction or grounding technique, it can become a dissociative experience in itself.

    How you doing after the appointments??

    Take care,

    • roseroars Says:

      It’s not going very well. I don’t think I will ever schedule two appointments of that nature back-to-back again. That was really stupid of me. My youngest came home sick, too, and when she’s sick the world is about to end (She’s my VelcroGirl). So I’m taking care of her as well. Poor baby. I just want to turn off.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. I will have to tell her how I used them the next time I see her.

      • castorgirl Says:

        Sorry it was so rough…

        You’re not stupid… you just didn’t realise the implications. It’s easy to forget we’re not superwoman in disguise, and instead of super-functioning, we need to think of realistic goals and expectations. So, today you learned something.

        Hope your daughter feels better soon… Maybe you should both curl up and ignore the world for a bit.

        Take care,

  2. castorgirl Says:

    Hi ya,
    Just dropped in to see how you’re doing???
    Take care,

    • roseroars Says:

      Doin’ okay and thanks for asking. Trying to apply some of these strategies this weekend actually. I feel like writing something, but it would be depressing and self-pitying. Don’t know what to do about that.

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