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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Pain: While We Are Sleeping

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When our pain is severe, it can be difficult to sleep. Even if we’re able to doze, we often awaken with pain, and those wee hours can stretch onward, bringing more anxiety and, yes, more pain.

But some of that anxiety can be alleviated if we understand that, even while we are sleeping, God is working. He is watching over us, protecting us, ever aware that we, his beloved children, need our sleep in order to function well and to do his work.

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Our bodies, too, are working while we sleep, and the more we focus on quieting our minds and hearts, the more we will enable those vital processes of rejuvenation to occur – and the more refreshed we will feel when we do awaken.

The world continues to move and shape while we sleep, and we can understand that this will occur even without our worrying about it, remaining awake at night fretting over things over which we have little control. This understanding can calm us and help us rest comfortably.

Recognizing our sleep process is important for us to know what we need to allow our bodies to rest. A good physician can help us understand our sleep patterns and whether there are any medical aspects of sleep that we need to be aware of and/or treat. A journal of what we do before we go to bed, and our patterns while snoozing, can help us and our docs assess the medical and, perhaps, psychological parts of our sleeping.  But it is also important to utilize prayer – covering prayer – that accompanies us to our resting state. This prayer lifts up our cares, including those associated with sleep (or lack thereof), to the Lord, and in return, we can invite our worry and tension to dissipate so that, while we are sleeping, we are truly relaxed knowing God is working – and watching over us – all the while!

Peace,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Make your blah day good!

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In between a “bad” day and a “good” day, there can be a “blah” day. Often, these are the kind of days where everything seems the same as every other day – same waking time, same breakfast, same closet full of the same clothes. Same work. Same school. Same meds, if you have an illness. Same exercise routine.

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All of that sameness can make us detached from our lives, and potentially lead to boredom.

But, there is hope! And we have the solution at our fingertips – When we find that our days seem “blah,” instead of becoming bored, detached, and prone to complaining, how about making up something good. Change-up breakfast, your daily routine, your route to work or school. Invite someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time into your day and talk, exercise, laugh, and visit together.

Add good spice to your blah day – and taste the very good difference. You just might start something monumental that will enhance your life for days and years to come!

Peace,

Maureen

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Good and Bad Days!

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Image courtesy of Michael Elliott/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Are you having a good day?” I asked the park attendant.

“A very good day,” he said, smiling broadly.  “I woke up this morning, and my car had been broken into!”

I was puzzled.

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“That made it a good day?”

He nodded. “They broke the window, but they left my iPhone, my stereo, my expensive sunglasses – all my good stuff! The only thing they took was a pile of change from the ashtray. I think there was a total of $1.96, and most of it was pennies.”

“And they didn’t take anything else?”

“Nope. How about that? See, it has been a good day!”

I had to agree with him – and marvel at the oddly choosey thief.  And I was thankful at the reminder that not all “bad” events in our days are completely devoid of something good.  “Bad” has a strong way of coloring everything else in broad, unpleasant strokes. But this incident, has stayed with me for days afterward and makes me sure that, the next time I think a day is headed away from being enjoyable, I hope I remember that not all of it, surely, is “bad!”

Peace

Maureen

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Chronic Illness: Shapes and Sizes, Oh, My!

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What is it with dress sizes these days? Over the past few weeks, I have fit into a size 4, 6, 8, and even a large with equal ease! I am completely befuddled as to what my “true” size is, and only know that sometimes, I’m delighted (a 4!) and sometimes shake my head (a large?!)

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I’ve read that the “average” size for a woman in the U.S. is a “10.” Which equates to a “medium” someplaces and a “large” others. I’ve also read that we’re becoming heavier in general, so I wonder if, in the near future, that “10” will become a “12,” and in some dressing room somewhere, I’ll discover that I need an “extra-large” in one style and a “petite 4″ in another?!

All that being said, clothing sizes and illness pose great challenges for many of us. Often, the size depends upon what medication we’re on and whether or if we’ve been able to keep up with our exercise regimen (doctor-ordered, of course). I know some lupies who keep one set of clothing for one scenario, and another for another. It could be very easy to exhaust a budget and run out of closets!

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And then, of course, there is the problem of sizes…Which, perhaps, we are too fixated on. Perhaps we should, actually, be thinking of shape – the shape of our lives and the comfort we have in our own skin, even if we have a serious illness.

Perhaps, it’s not so much that post-prednisone we’re slimming down than it is that we strive for health – in body, mind and spirit – however that health presents itself. We can always cinch up a waist with a belt or add a lovely scarf to a stretchy top.

I suppose we can always move up a size or down…And still be able to laugh!

Peace,

Maureen

 

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