Thursday, April 23, 2009

Things are usually never as bad as they seem at first

Have you ever just had one of those weeks? Well, what started out about a week ago as what I thought was the end of the world is looking pretty bright now.

Anyway, all my personal drama of the past week made me think of a time about 3 years ago when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I had it done in my dentist's office with local anesthetic and a good dose of "I don't care about anything" drugs. Afterward, I thought I was going to die from the swelling and pain. So, I basically crashed and had to be woken up every so often to change the ice (uh...bags of frozen veggies) that I used to keep me iced down to prevent swelling. [By the way, if you ever need ice for an injury, and haven't tried it, bags of frozen vegetables, particularly corn and peas, are fantastic for that purpose.] Anyway, at one point my sweet caretaker put a bag of blueberries on me as we’d run out of other veggies. While I slept, the juice leaked out all over the towel we had wrapped around my head. When the next wake up time came and she saw it, she thought I’d been bleeding profusely and we both about had a panic attack!

It didn't take long to figure out it was just blueberry juice, but the point is that it sure looked like I was in bad shape initially. In the end, it turned out fine. In that case, we switched back to frozen corn and I eventually stopped swelling and hurting and got over the ordeal pretty quickly.

Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." Even if your experience doesn't necessarily qualify as hell, I think it's good advice. It's sometimes hard to remember when you're in the midst of a stretch of bumpy road, but I was reminded this past week that a bumpy road doesn't last long and there are turn-offs and other roads much less bumpy ahead. (And big thanks to friends who gave my shock absorbers a boost this week!)

Sorry for the lengthy absence from posting, but I'll get back to posting more regularly in the days to come.


Noons said...

Good to see you back, Karen.
Hope whatever it was, it's on the mend now.

Surachart Opun said...

Welcome your coming back.

I hope to read your idea and your experience. That's a good thing for me.

Chen Shapira said...

Hey Karen,

Generally speaking, its important not to rush the "things really suck right now" phase and beat yourself to "get over it already". Sometimes the best attitude is "This really suck, so I'm allowed to be upset over it. I know things will improve later, but that doesn't mean I can't feel upset now.". Sometimes things improve faster when you feel some compassion for yourself instead of pressure.

I hope things are improving.

Kerry Osborne said...

I have to say, some of what seemed like the worst things that ever happened to me, turned out to be the best things that ever happened to me. If you know what I mean. Hope things are better for you soon.