Pain is only a four letter word was my mantra last night as I tried to get back to sleep. “Stay in front of the pain,” cautioned my friend Eileen with her medical expertise, “Take your anti-inflamatories with commitment.” I was trying to stay on top of taking pills in advance of pain’s arrival but another part of me wants to see how few pills I really need to take. A tight knot of pain sits to the inside right and inside left of each shoulder, throbbing persistently and I keep telling my body to relax itself and let go of all the tension that has created the misery. I found myself singing “Shoo Tail Fly” inside my head, repeating the chorus “Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care,” over and over again– anything to distract myself and lull me into a slumber. Eventually it must have worked, I did fall asleep sometime before sunrise. I think today I will be due for a mid-morning nap.
Published by Nadja Maril
Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects.. View more posts