I am really sorry about that.
Lots of little factors came into play, like me thinking I had Tuesday scheduled out when I did not, but all the little factors tie into two big factors that have eaten my life whole for more than a week now: travel and severe back pain — more specifically, sciatica. As those of you who have experienced sciatica, or any type of intense, recurring back pain know, not only is it hell to live through, but it forces you to pretty much put your entire life on hold while you work towards being able to move your body again without screaming.
The one thing I could not, would not, did not put on hold was flying out to Pittsburgh to see my grandfather and other assorted family members. My grandfather gets the emphasis, though, because he just turned 95 last month (I will pause here for your congratulatory remarks in celebration of this auspicious event. . .), and because he’s my best fella. So while I love seeing uncles, aunts, cousins, my other grandfather, and sometimes more extended family, the aforementioned gentleman is why I make biannual pilgrimages to the city I was born and raised in. The incredible food is a close second, as reasons go. 😉
The sciatica struck a couple of weeks ago, and instead of being alleviated by a cocktail of oral steroids, prescription anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and narcotic pain relievers as it usually is, it’s been hanging on in all sorts of ugly, painful ways. It’s also causing me to think I have posts scheduled when I have not, as I mentioned above.
When my mother tentatively approached me to ask if I though I could make the trip — she has learned the hard way and over many years that when I’m in pain I should not be approached, but if the need arises I should be approached as gently as possible — I told her, “Absolutely! I don’t care if I need to be shot full of tranquilizers and carried onto the plane, I am not missing this visit.”
If you caught the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago for A Canvas Of The Minds (I reblogged it here), you’ll know why I’ve implemented Wild Card Wednesdays on Blog For Mental Health — even though last week I dropped the ball with it, as I did with pretty much everything. Simply put, I feel like because of the incredible response to the BFMH campaign — which is wonderful, don’t misunderstand me there — I’ve spent nearly all of my online blogging time doing things that don’t allow me to connect with and get to know all of you amazing Blog For Mental Health Warriors. I want the chance to do that. I need the chance to do that. Each of you is so very intriguing to me, I’d like to know you as people!
I thought I’d start today by asking you if you’ve ever been in a similar situation to the one I’ve just described. Have you ever had major pain or an illness derail something really exciting you had been looking forward to? Were you able bear down and complete your original plan, or perhaps a modified version of it? Be it a vacation or a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the celebrity of your dreams, tell me about it. We’ll commiserate. 😉
Also, we cannot forget the elephant in the room. Has your mental health ever tried or succeeded in preventing you from doing something that mattered a great deal to you? How have you coped, or perhaps worked through the problem so you could enjoy what you had planned?
I know that especially in discussing your mental health, I could be detonating landmines, so please don’t answer if in so doing you become upset by opening up the proverbial can of worms. This whole idea is meant to be a way for us to make our ‘how do you dos’ to each other, not an exercise in how to trigger your readers.
On a completely unrelated, but very noteworthy note, I was recently alerted by the lovely Mrs. Bipolarity to the latest awesome stand* Mr. and Mrs. Marshall — the Mr. of that pair has a first name of Brandon and plays professional (American) football for the Chicago Bears,** in case you were wondering — are taking for mental health This time around the amazing and gracious Michi Marshall has stepped into the spotlight, partnering with OPI nail polish to create a fantastic shade called #CrazyStigmaGreen! It’s an absolutely gorgeous shade (click here to see), and a great way to get people talking and working to end stigma, all while looking incredibly glam! Visit TheBrandonMarshall.com to get some today, or if you aren’t inclined to do much manicuring, pick out a shirt to represent the cause!
*To read about previous Marshall awesomeness — click here.
**Talking about mental illness in pro football does not happen, which is what makes Mr. Marshall that much more awesome for speaking about his diagnosis and creating a dialogue in that sphere.
Love to you,
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