I'm almost afraid to say it, outright, for fear I will jinx it, but I'm feeling better. I started taking Omega-3 on the advice of Roland and Galya. I also, at the same time, began to take a glucosamine-chondroiten-MSM tablet, on the advice of Karen and countless others. This is my seventh day. Yesterday, I noticed that although my shoulder still hurt, it was a far cry from agony. I have slept the night through two nights in a row. Being rested is a big help, in and of itself. My joints still give me trouble and I still feel like I have a toothache in my shoulder, but now it is bearable. It has dropped to the point that my naturally high threshold of pain can again take over. Life has again resumed what passes for normal in my family. I even painted the bathroom.
I have a confession to make. This is the first time in my life that I've ever had to deal with anything like this. Except for migraines which have a beginning and ~blessedly~ an end), pain has never derailed my life before. I've felt poorly before, and I've had my share of aches and pains, but two weeks of constant and unrelenting pain was discouraging, and exhausting, and really, really hard. Trying to cope with all of this was a humbling experience, and the toughest two weeks I've endured since chemotherapy. Do you want to know why it was so humbling? Yesterday, I talked about that uncomfortable conversation at church. I'm not looking down my nose at anyone, believe me, because I also remember my own impatience, and my own unkind thoughts. My pet peeve? I had a hard time listening to people who bitched and moaned about their health, and how they were feeeeeeeeeeling, thinking to myself, 'Dear God, just suck it up already...' Suddenly, I was one of those people, and my own impatient thoughts have haunted me.
So I want to thank everyone who took the time to advise. Roland and Galya, Karen, everyone else, thank you. You appear to know whereof you speak. I also want to thank everyone who patiently waited me out as I bitched and moaned about my health and how I was feeeeeeeeeeling. Not one of you said, "Gees, just suck it up already!" So yes. Okay. You all are far better people than I... but I've learned a valuable life lesson here.
*casts eyes to the sky*
Really, God, I swear to you, I've learned this lesson. It's been engraved upon my heart, and if it is all the same to You, lets skip any reviews. Amen.