I told my physical therapist the other day that this angry flare-up makes me want to drown myself. She asked, “With vodka?” I replied, “No, in the tub.” That is still apparently serious voodoo in the medical field.
I was only half-joking, but she told me to call them if I ever feel that way again. I told her that I’m not going to do anything–I’ve had chronic pain for six years and I always pretty much feel that way.
I’ve dealt with these thoughts since I was five or six. They are only magnified now that I cannot escape this cloak of agony. Let me be clear–I am not going to harm myself. Still, the endless loop in my mind isn’t puppies and rainbows.
I push those thoughts out almost daily. I don’t dwell on them. They invade my mind. And the images are graphic. Anyone who has dealt with terrible pain has struggled to hang on just five more minutes. Then another five minutes. You wake up one day and realize that five minutes turned into a year. Then two. Now six. I told my wife last Saturday that I don’t know if I can do this another thirty years. I’m only forty and every day is a marathon, yet I still have hope.