Threshold

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take it...

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.   If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”   ~Lance Armstrong

Today has been a bad day -- I've been between a 7 and a 9 on my pain threshold scale all day.  
But it's not my back this time -- it's my neck.  Yay!  Fun surprise!  Is it something as benign as sleeping the wrong way or how I sit at the computer?  Or is it the degenerative disc disease finding a new way to fuck with me?

I came home from work barely able to lie down (eff you, gravity) and in tears.  I'm pretty stoic and able to handle pain (both physical and emotional), but there are still some things that bring me to my knees, figuratively.  I'd even go so far as to say that this pain is exquisite.  I save that label for pain that floods my whole body and requires me to find a place in my mind that is beyond the pain in order to be able to cope.

Even with the pain I feel right now, my spirit is undeterred, and I do what I can to stay on the path I am on.  And at the very least, I will be floating in the pristine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a little over a week. 

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12 comments

  1. :( - sounds terribly painful. my heart goes out to you. but, it's great that you take time to still think positive. You are inspiring.

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  2. Life isn't always easy, but we have a choice as to how we receive it -- with gratitude or with disdain. Every day I'm alive, no matter the pain, I try to be thankful.

    But man, the pain sucks.

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  3. It really is all about choices and your Lance Armstrong quote I can really relate to. I get headaches daily because of a condition I have and they'll go away once I lose this weight. So the pain really will be temporary if I keep fighting through it and reach my goals. So far no loss but I'm still fighting and don't intend on giving up at all.

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  4. Christa -- you and me -- we'll get through this.

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  5. (hugs)

    I hope your pain heals up quickly. Sorry that you have to endure this, but what does not kills us makes us stronger... or just really really annoyed. ;-)

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  6. I"m going to go with super annoyed at this point

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  7. You really are quite the inspiration. Good on you for knowing that the pain won't last forever, and being strong enough to ride the waves. I hope it clears up soon.

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  8. Thank you, LF. Me too -- like before I travel :P

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  9. Robby, Just read your post and here's hoping this comment finds your neck in finer fettle.

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  10. Sounds like you have such an awesome attitude! Which I know can be super tough. Especially when you're in pain. Channel that vacation girl!

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  11. Just sending a note saying I'm thinking about you. I hope you're enjoying your vacation!

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  12. Neck is much better -- was a repetitive strain injury. No strain, no injury.

    As for mexico -- it cured many things.

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