Am I the only one who hates taking pain medication? Whether the pain relief comes in the form of a pill I take, a patch I wear, a cream I spread, or the various other methods that medication enters my body, sometimes it makes me feel like a failure. Like I should be tough enough to withstand this overwhelming distress, that most people would not believe is even possible.
I despise the fact that I am reliant on pain medication to survive each day. I put it off as long as possible, until the pain is absolutely unbearable before I give in. But my husband reminds me that once the spiral of pain has begun it is much harder to control with medication. He reminds me the pills are prescribed to me with dosage instructions for a reason. It is important to take medication as directed, he says. And he’s right. But, in true Courtney style, I can’t just call things what they are. So every time I reach for my pain relief method of choice, I call it Dancing with the Penguins.
Because, if you’ve read my previous post, you’ll remember that penguins are where I go when the pain is too much. So when I am dancing with the penguins I am relieving myself from the pain (as much as possible), and it is something that is necessary to do.
So, if you have not taken your pain medication today, go ahead and dance with the penguins. It’s important! And you’re important!
Love and Penguins