It was late December when I read Dr. Sarno’s book on TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) and I thought I’d give an update on how things are going. As you may recall, since my discovery that my back pain was actually sucking the life out of me, I made the decision to attack it head-on by doing anything/everything that I’d previously added to my ‘no-can-do’ list out of fear that I’d make it worse.
Two and a half months later I can happily report that my back pain is still holding at being 80% better or more. I have taken trips in the car, I’ve started running again and I’ve practically eliminated my need for pain medication for my back which is a huge deal.
The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy in our household. My husband started a new job which means that he will no longer have to suffer through the extreme heat and cold that we have here. No need to wear layers upon layers of clothing in the wintertime, no more working out in traffic, and the best part: no more excessive wear and tear on his body.
Before taking this job (it is with the same company, just different department) we sat down to discuss the fact that even though he would make the same amount of money, his pension will take a hit. It wasn’t a long discussion, however, because we agreed that his health was more important than drawing a full pension. Honestly, what good is money if your body is too broken to enjoy the benefits of having it (other than paying off surgeries for torn rotator cuffs or blown knees). Adjusting finances is a small price to pay if he’s happier and healthier – which he is, I’m glad to say.
As for me, I had another skin cancer scare while at the dermatologist several days ago. This time on the right side of my nose. More cryosurgery was in order and we are carefully watching the site for any signs of return. In the meantime I have to figure out exactly how I will go about severing my relationship with the sun. I haven’t sunbathed in well over a decade but sitting in the sun for brief periods of time (especially when I’m cold) is something I desperately miss; now I have to make it my mission to find myself a large, floppy hat that doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing a mushroom on my head.
Paintings have been coming fast and furious these last few weeks. Here is my latest:
This is a mixed media painting. Title: Sea Queen. The lace on her arms is real (click on the image to see a closeup). The hair comb and the whale were painted, cut and adhered to the painting. I’m starting to do time lapse videos on my paintings and I have on on my Facebook art page if anyone is interested in seeing it. It’s a poor edit as it’s my first but I plan on doing more of these in the future and will therefore hopefully improve upon them.
Have a great week