Sep. 2nd, 2017

Self-pity

Sep. 2nd, 2017 12:49 am
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Whenever I get one of the random pains or illnesses that man is heir to (often, that menstruators are heir to), I'm left with so much more admiration for all the people I know who live with chronic pain and conditions that cause it.

I slept funny and hurt my neck. It's just a twinge, it's happened before, it'll go away. But in the meantime, the ibuprofen gel wasn't as helpful as I confidently believed it'd be, and it's not just that I can't move my head but that even sitting or lying still hurts. Moving my fingers moves my shoulders enough that it hurts.

It was hard to concentrate on what Andrew was saying. I felt dizzy. And yet this is a tiny thing compared to what many friends of mine and lots of other people deal with all the time and still manage to he clever, funny and kind. It really is amazing how people live with such high baselines for pain levels.

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