I'm writing this because there's an angle about pain and the inability to help oneself that I felt it was good and important to share with you:
I've always been a fairly sympathetic person. I'm no better than anybody else, but I am sensitive and I do feel deeply for other peoples' pain. This is just part of my nature and I'm not even real sure it's always a good thing, but it's me. But, though I suffered migraines most of my life which made me even empathetic toward the pain of others, this pain I had with shingles and feeling like an invalid really opened my eyes. You're stuck in the house, you're in really bad shape and it's a real eye-opener.
My message is this: Help someone who's in pain or can't help his or herself...don't tell them you know how they feel unless you have had what they have, but listen and tell them how badly you feel that they're suffering. If that person lives alone, call and tell them you're going to the store and is there anything you can pick up for them while you're there; don't take 'no' for an answer. After 2 weeks of sandwiches and frozen dinners (all things which have long shelf-lives so it's easier to eat those things than shop, which can be an impossibility for the sick, and who wants to bother a friend by asking them to please shop for you?) one starts craving fruit, fresh vegetables and citrus. Get some for the person!!
Help your friend, your family member.........a kind and listening ear, a few craved groceries (I craved lemons so I think I was developing scurvy (smile))(and don't get anything they have to spend time cooking other than warming something up!), a jar of homemade soup, mean THE WORLD to a shut-in. I said "No, thanks," when I was sickest and that was STUPID. For too long, I turned down soup, I turned down the offers of loved ones to bring things over, shop, etc., ........so there's another message here:
If you're sick and stuck inside, DO NOT SAY "NO".........your friends/family want to help and it's stupid to turn them down. I finally had to give in and accept the kindness of others, and OH, were they kind to me...I'll never be able to thank my friends and family enough.
This world is tough enough without being sick or confined to your house for any reason.........please let's stick together and help anyone we hear is either of the above or both.....PLEASE.
Happy Sunday......keep your eyes and ears open and help someone who needs it.......And, accept the help if you're on the receiving end............you'll both be blessed for it. I'm feeling 95% better.......thank the Lord.
BY THE WAY...some of you email me personally, some of you have my phone number...and some of us only correspond through our blogs...I want to THANK YOU ALL who called, sent things, and stuck around geeeZ though I was so sick I could barely do one blog a day to keep geeeeZ running.........I shouldn't be surprised, but your loyalty to my blog touched me so deeply...so many of you just kept commenting while I wasn't visiting at all. God bless you all for that...it meant a LOT. Love, Z