I’ve been struggling with a lot of RA pain lately because of not being able to take my Enbrel shot for the last four weeks. I’ve had some sores that wouldn’t heal and needed targeted care from the wound clinic. Enbrel suppresses the immune system and can slow down the healing process. I wrote the following poem a few months ago, reading it again helped me put my current situation in prospective.
Some of you may remember reading it on another blog, but I thought it might be time to repost it for my new readers. (Besides, that blog no longer exists.
Pain, what is pain?
Some things hurt more than others.
A papercut can send me “to the moon”
Yet, everyday arthritis pain is ignored.
What makes the difference?
Familiarity creates numbness.
Living daily with pain.
Ignoring, accepting, and overcoming.
Subtle pain niggles at the mind.
I feel, yet, I don’t feel, It’s all one and the same.
Sudden, unexpected, mind alert
Unfamiliar pain cries for attention.
What’s the cause? What’s the cure?
Is it serious or a temporary nuisance?
Don’t be a hypochondriac
Be aware, but not dramatic.
Foreign pain subsides, Back to normal.
Pain, that is pain.
What do you think of when you experience pain? I’d love to hear your thoughts on living with and through pain.