Well, silly, silly me.
I'm getting to the point of not really wanting to get off the couch. I'm taking Tylenol Arthritis strength, and it eases the pain and stiffness. However, it is strong enough that it almost puts me to sleep. So I'm miserable either way. I've done a few tasks today, but I confess that I've sat on the couch, licking my wounds most of the day. You know, I have felt good for so long that I wasn't even aware of, or rather had forgotten, just how bad it can be without the medication that helps soften the effects of arthritis and fibromyalgia.
A couple hours a friend, Zoë, called to see how I was feeling. She said she thought about calling, then couldn't remember for sure when my surgery was, so decided to not bother me. However, the "little voice" nagged her to call me. I told her I was really missing my medication and why, and she asked if I had tried anything other than medicinal. Ding, ding, ding!! The bells rang in my head. I'm so glad she called, because she reminded me of a gift.
My friend Linda, who has been accompanying me to all my appointments, acting as an extra set of ears and another voice, being the best support imaginable in so many ways, called me a few days ago with an amazing gift! She arranged with another friend, Lynne, to do a trade of services.
Linda is an artist. She works mostly on silk with dye, but does acrylic and watercolor paintings as well. She makes beautiful wearable art, as well, dye on and recently some silk blouses. I have one of her scarves and a watercolor on my wall, too.
Lynne is a nurse who has been trained and does training in Healing Touch Massage . I've not had the pleasure of experiencing this, and looked forward to a time when I could do so. Lynne has told Linda that she needs one of her paintings. Recently a bunch of us were at her house, and she took Linda into one room and pointed at a spot on the wall. She said, "I need something of yours here."
So, why Linda called was to let me know that she arranged with Lynne to trade one of her artworks for Lynne to give me an equal value of massage!! I was supposed to call Lynne and arrange it. I was not sure whether I should do it prior to surgery for the preparation or afterward for healing benefits.
The thing is .... I forgot to call and talk to Lynne! If our mutual friend has not called today to remind me of the massage, I might not have remembered it at all!! I don't think well when I don't feel well, and this is proof positive! Geez, I'm such a goober at times!
I talked with Lynne, and I'm seeing her tomorrow morning for the first massage. Oh, heavenly days, I can hardly wait! I don't know the monetary value, so I wasn't sure what I'm due, but I assumed one massage. When I called her I asked if it would be better to have the massage before or after surgery, and she promptly said "both." She said to consider it gift that keep on giving or something similar. (I can't remember the term she used; see how foggy I get?) I will have another a few days after the surgery. Oh, amazing! I just got a second wind that will help to carry me into next week.
What a wonderful gift! And what loving friends I am blessed to have in my life.