Pain Management Therapy

shopping

Last week, I was at my specialist for pain. On this visit, I once again told him about the pain in my hips and that, even though I have a wonderfully thick memory foam mattress topper, I feel pain as if I am sleeping, or not sleeping, with my hip wedged on a rock on top of a cement floor.

After a cortisone shot in each hip he sent me off to head home. Never having these shots before, I did not realize that there would be side effects, other localized sore and pain from the shot.

As I was driving home, my mind started racing.  Believe me, no one needs my mind doing overtime as its already at its topped out speed. I later discover that this is a common side effect of cortisone. Notwithstanding my pain, my mind trumps my body and decides what better time to stop on the way home for some shopping at the local Marshall’s.

It was obviously meant to be, as I found a parking spot right in front.  I gingerly got out of my car and found a cart to push as if using it as a walker. Of course, where else would a woman head to but the shoe department?  As all women know, a new pair of shoes is a wonderful pain management treatment for just about any ailment.

I was pushing and leaning against my cart and watching carefully so my hips would not get hit, touched, or knocked in any way. As I came around the aisle, a woman about my age just missed me with her cart; she apologized as she noticed I was worried that she was to hit me. I told her my only worries were about my hips and quickly described the situation. She exclaimed, ”Oh my! I just came from my doctor and received the same shots for the first time as well in my shoulder for pain!”

Margaret and I spoke for a while, laughing about our situations and why we are so crazy to be shopping instead of heading right to bed. We laughed away our pain, kidding that only a woman would rationalize shopping as a pain management therapy. Both growing weary and I think a bit more buzzed from continued side effects from our shots, we parted ways.

I did manage to find a new pair of shoes, and yes they looked wonderful as I tried them on. I rationalized that, after I came down from my cortisone high, the new shoes would help me on my way to recovery as if possessing magic powers. So I purchased them.

I limped back to my car still in pain but now laughing at the situation with a smile on my face, knowing that Margaret and I shared the secret of what gets women through a rough moment.  It’s shopping.  Shopping truly is an excellent pain management therapy if only for the diversion and wonderful people one may meet along the way to share smiles with.

(photo courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/Freedigitalphotos.net)

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

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