An eclectic collection of trivia, observation, cynicism, wit....
and the occasional rant.
I'm Mark. Older than you imagine, pescetarian, husband, father, professional parent & pedant.
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"The trouble with chronic pain is that it is so easy to become accustomed to it, both mentally and physically. At first it’s absolutely agonizing; it’s the only thing you think about, like a rock in your shoe that rubs your foot raw with every step. Then the constant rubbing, the pain and the limp all become part of the status quo, the occasional stabbing pain just a reminder.
You are so set to endure, hunched against it - and when it starts to ease, you don’t really notice, until the absence washes over you like a balm."
my constant friend
Robert J. Wiersema (via flaresof-fibro)
mathcat345: For anyone else living with chronic pain, I’m sure you can relate to this. Pain becomes the norm, and only when it intensifies (or on rare occasions, abates) do you notice it. So much energy goes into handling the daily pain that there is often little left for living. Trudge on, good people, trudge on!
Puffypie: I guess it’s been about 15 years that I’ve had chronic pain from a few sources, it has become the norm. This post says it so succinctly for me although I always recognise that there are many far worse off. I often wonder what it would be like to just have the odd headache or back ache etc but that’s just not my reality. I keep on truckin’ though because I have too but it does limit me to varying degrees.
My life. It’s so very difficult to explain to younger people, who have yet to hit this threshold. There is no respite and you have to adjust mentally to accommodate the presence of continuous pain. That adjustment, once achieved, permits you to follow a reasonably normal, if slightly slower, life with relatively few limitations. It’s mind over matter. Mostly. Either that, or I’m rationalising…
advised councils in November that the winter would be drier than normal, especially in the West [of England].
Source: The Daily Telegraph, Friday Ferbruary 21.
I’m sure the people affected by flooding will draw comfort from that.
St Thomas à Becket Church, Fairfield, Romney Marsh.
Black and White
St Thomas à Becket Church, Fairfield, Romney Marsh
Surrounded by flood water, the church can only be accessed by a narrow causeway. It’s all that survives of what was once a mediaeval village.
Black and White
Sheep at Fairfield, Romney Marsh
The recent rain has brought flooding to thousands of acres of Romney Marsh farmland. After the floods in 2001, the Environment Agency has been a little more proactive in ensuring the waterways and drainage ditches remain clear. This time, although the land has flooded, it’s not as bad as thirteen years ago, and certainly nowhere near the catastrophic scale that has beset the Somerset Levels.
Last light over Romney Marsh
It’s a new dawn,
It’s a new day,
And I’m feeling good.
I’m absolutely devastated.