Yesterday, I got two cortisone shots in my wrist to help relieve some of my carpal tunnel issues (pain and numbness). When I went into the specialist’s office, my pain was at about a 7 (out of 10). In case you haven’t experienced this before, the shots themselves do hurt; the level depends on where the needle is going in. (I feel bad for my father-in-law who has to get his in one of his big toes. Ouch!) Afterwards, my pain level was a 10 for the day. Luckily, I have experienced this before (in my wrist and in one of my shoulders), so I am well aware that the pain increases before it decreases. Meanwhile, that sort of “shot” any plans I had for work on Monday. So, bad that I didn’t get any work done, but good in that I was forced to take a day to rest.
Bonnie Gray, author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace, asks, “How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God?” Her post from Monday shares how we all need to try to move beyond simply surviving and find rejuvenating rest. Although I think I really could use a few days at the beach to experience rejuvenating rest, still, it was nice to enjoy a short period of downtime.
Today, the pain is easing back down and I didn’t experience any numbness last night. So, all is well. And with the rainy day we’ve got going on, at least it’s a good day to stay inside and get back to work.