These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friends with angels' wings

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, Zoƫ, 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 silk scarves 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.


  1. You are indeed lucky to have such wonderful friends. I always wonder about myself when people talk about how much they enjoy a massage. I have no interest in a massage, none, zero. I must be weird.

    Hang in there, it won't be long. I'm looking for you to be back in the world of blogging very soon to tell us how you're feeling.

  2. Linda, I wasn't interested either, till I had one. :) Now, if I could afford it I'd have one at least once a week! Especially with the fibromyalgia, it is so helpful to relax the muscles that are aching or spasming.

    Yes, I'll let everyone know as soon as I can. And of course I'll be back before you know it.

  3. I am going to try a massage also but I need to be careful no deep muscle rubs for me. My friend is going to try a hot stone therapy. I hope your surgery comes fast so you can get back on your meds the pain somedays can be miserable.

  4. Yes, Bobbie, go easy at first. The deep muscle stuff is for down the road. And yes, let's get this show on the road!! I wanna be myself again!

  5. I'll take any kind of massage-:).
    Thinking of you and will be all week, hope these next few days (with the exception of the time during the massage) fly by.

  6. Hi Lyn,
    I have been reading your posts for the past couple of days. I've been home sick and found your blog by chance.You seem like a very nice person and I wanted to say that I am sorry for your troubles right now. I can't seem to find what type of surgery you are having. I will be wishing you well, and if you don't mind I will follow along to see how you are doing.
    Love Di

  7. Julie, I'm with you on that, any massage is w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l! The time is going reasonably quickly. Never quickly enough, I suppose, but I'll make it! Thanks.

    Diana, thank you for the note! I actually haven't posted the type of surgery as I've wanted to keep it private. Blogs are so public, and I just was comfortable broadcasting it. I've been startled at a few things I've posted that attracted weirdos out there who are googling seemingly innocent words, and I really want to avoid that. Hope you understand. Of course, I don't mind you tagging along! The more, the merrier on the old bus!

  8. That's great! Massages are wonderful. I love them. -- Cheryl

  9. Sounds like a good plan. Massages are great. Hope it helps.

  10. I am happy for you Lyn because this massage therapy will do wonders for you.

  11. Me, too, Cheryl!

    MJ, I think it is a good plan, too. And, yes, it did help, a lot!

    Moni, I am sure this is going to be very helpful. I am so relaxed right now and virtually pain free. Ahhhhh.

  12. I am so happy that you have such wonderful friends there to support and love you. We are both lucky in the friends department....that's for sure.


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