Pain is Only a Four Letter Word

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.

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Author: 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". Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, in charge of three magazines: "What's Up? Annapolis", "What's Up? Eastern Shore", and "What's Up? Weddings", 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..

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