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December 1, 2009

Second verse, same as the first

I just finished entering all of my data for my dissertation into my spreadsheet (yay for me), and I posted that information to my Facebook status. Someone remarked, "and with two kids--yay for you!" or something like that (it was better stated in the original). Yeah. And with two kids. And a husband who has a chronic pain condition. And with a full-time job. And did I mention the aging dog who requires us to be a little more vigilant in the clean up department, lest the baby try to assist with the cleanup? Ok, you didn't need to know that little tidbit. And yay for me for entering my dissertation data, and yay for my friends for being so supportive. I honestly couldn't do it without my friends.

But anyway, sometimes I wonder, "what the hell was I thinking?" And sometimes I wonder, "what the hell AM I thinking?" I've got too much going on, and I'm looking forward to "done dissertation" being one less thing I have going on. Maybe soon. I'll keep you posted.

And then there's a day like today. We went to the pain clinic, and found out that there are even more options for easing the pain. Like Tai chi, and accupuncture, and other drugs. And keep on doing what you're doing. And let's figure out what might be making you feel like you want to check out. And let's keep a little humor in the picture while we're at it.

And then a nice lunch together, like the friends who we are. And later on, the surprise of a belated birthday present, not so secretly hidden away for me to find when I would least expect it (a krumkake iron...with lots of jokes about it being a crumb cake iron, or a croom kake iron...No, that's not right! Crumb ka ka--that's right!)

And the realization that things could be so much worse. Sometimes I'm not sure how, but I know they could be. And recognizing that someday, we'll be past all of this, and C will figure out how to live with the pain. Why should anyone have to live with the pain? But he will, and life will somehow have moved on. And hopefully we won't have been too distracted by all this pain stuff that we won't look back in 20 years and regret not enjoying our kids more.

And so, a temporary lull in the cycle of dealing with chronic pain. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts. In the meantime, I leave you with cranberry girl (yes, cranberries are her new favorite food).

Cranberry girl.jpg

Posted by chri1010 at December 1, 2009 11:32 PM | Family Matters | That Thing Called a Dissertation


Argh. I had the wrong part of your blog bookmarked and thought you had not updated since August. I'm way behind. BUT, what is a krumkake iron????

No one should have to live with chronic pain. I am eager to read more about how you two manage to live happy lives in spite of it. I know I'd want to succumb to bitterness and constant whining. Maybe watching the old Muppet Show DVDs help? Probably not, but maybe they'd distract. Definitely educational for the kiddos.

Posted by: TRISTA at December 12, 2009 11:18 PM

Hey, just wanted to let you know that your comment preview button is not working properly. Throws up some sort of an error. Anyway, just wanted to wish you good luck with your dissertation as I've been reading your blog for a while.

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Ah yes, and remember that tai chi requires no Rx and has no nasty side effects! (Just my humble biased opinion :-) )

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