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The Power Of Passion

Passion can be defined as strong sexual desire, but the thing is that is not where it’s definition stops. Passion is any strong powerful feeling or emotion towards a person, object or idea. It can be the positive emotions such as love and desire or it can rage or anger.

I have always been a very passionate person. I rarely just like something or someone. I rarely just do something with apathy. I do everything I do with passion. I am passionate about life and how I live it. I am passionate about the people in my life. The power of passion is amazing.

Living with chronic debilitating pain for the last 7 years has changed my passion a little. Not as much as you would think it would, but it has. The constant pain takes up a great deal of my energy. With less energy it is difficult to feel the power of passion and difficult to approach things with passion when there are physical limitations.

I was recently given a gift. This gift is difficult to describe as it is not an object. My gift was an awakening of sorts. The gift was a reminder and realization of the power of my passion. My passion for life and people and challenges and my goals was reawakened. I did not even realize that I had quietened it.

A friend whom I have known for about 9 years gave me this gift. I will never forget what he has done for me. I am very thankful. It is amazing what words, time and patience shared can do. This was all done with visits over the phone. Just a simple blend of the words, time and patience and I have a gift. That is powerful!

When I was pregnant with my first child, my son-I heard a song on the radio that played through me. The melody and the words described how I already felt about this baby growing inside me. I was looking forward to doing so much with this child. I wanted to stand on top of a mountain with this child, and lay by the sea, swim in the ocean, take long walks…I wanted to share everything with this child. I wanted to teach this child and care for this child.

The song was Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. Still, to this day..when I hear the song I think of him. That child has become an amazing person already and he is only 15 years old. He was my first priceless gift. The power of passion…in play again. The song is portrayed about the love between two people, partners, lovers in the video…but I visualize it as the never ending love that you feel for a child, a friend or a partner. The power of love is so much more than sexual desire. When you are passionate about something or someone you are willing to go that extra distance, give that extra effort try a whole lot harder.

If we could all remember to tap into our passion and take action in a positive direction with it…imagine what we could accomplish!!

Chronic Pain and It’s Effects on Daily Life

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Chronic pain is a challenge to live with on many levels. The most prevalent being coping with the pain on a constant, daily basis for a long period of time. If the pain is significant enough that if interferes with the ability to work, that is one thing to deal with right there. How do you make money to pay the bills? The financial stress has its own implications.

When pain interferes with sleep, there is the effects of sleep deprivation. Speaking from personal experience on that topic, just the sleep deprivation itself can be horrendous. Fatigue, irritability, decreased or slowed reactions, difficulty coping with stressors, increased stress, difficulty concentrating or lack of concentration and irritability are just a few among the long list of results of chronic sleep deprivation.

After only a few days of sleep deprivation, the body undergoes changes similar to “fast-forward” aging: memory loss, metabolism problems (with sugar and hormones), and poor athletic performance. If sleep deprivation continues over the long-term, it increases the risk of more serious health problems, such as:

  • a weakened immune system
  • diabetic (the body can not process sugar properly)
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity

Since the topic of sleep deprivation alone is such a huge topic let alone sleep deprivation caused by chronic pain, I will write a separate post on it  to expand and share some valuable information. Essentially the sleep deprivation in itself  is shockingly damaging. Please look for that post soon. As I am sleep deprived myself, bear with me on the time line of it.

Activities of daily living that we all take for granted can become a challenge. Self care can become a hurdle each day. My personal challenge with having trouble coping with my activities of daily living was my reluctance in asking for help with personal care. I did not want to accept that I needed that degree of assistance. I was thankful for the help when I had trouble washing my hair or dressing myself, but I found it demeaning that I needed it.

Housekeeping duties are difficult to accomplish. Even the light housekeeping. vacuuming, laundry, washing dishes, even such an easy task as dusting would exacerbate the pain and muscle spasm. It was so frustrating to not be able to do things that were so simple prior to the accident. These activities are so much a part of daily life, that we take for granted being able to do them when we can. Not being able to is not the end of the world, but who is going to do them if we can’t. There is no one to just take over and do them, yet they need to be done.

Yard work. I love gardening. Digging in the dirt always made me feel so good. Watching the flowers and the garden made me so happy. Contact with the dirt actually releases endorphins similar to the endorphins released during exercise. It was so frustrating to not be able to look after my own yard, flowers and garden. Once again this is another topic that I will expand on.

Grocery shopping. Pushing a grocery cart empty of  contents exacerbated the pain and muscle spasms. It took me a long time before I gave in and stopped trying. Call me stubborn if you want, but the voice inside my head just would not give in. Then there is   the motion of taking a weighted object off of the shelf, or out of the freezer and reaching to set it in the cart. At the cash register each of the items in the cart need to be placed from the cart onto the platform. When any reaching with a weighted object past one foot from your body causes the pain and muscle spasm to increase or become unbearable, how do you get groceries?

Chronic Pain Syndrome caused by nerve damage or inflammation requires a slightly different approach. I will elaborate this area as well. Narcotics are not very effective for this type of pain. Finding alternate methods in treating and coping is very important. I hope that this information has been helpful and informative in some way to you.

Please feel free to comment with feedback, questions, or requests. I appreciate your time!

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