Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Traffic was light that morning. Usually the woman had to battle people diving in and out of the lanes traveling north, but that day there was no one swerving in and out of traffic. There was a good reason. It had been raining hard overnight and into the morning.
She gripped the steering wheel tighter and kept her eyes alert for danger. Then, out of the corning of her eye she saw him. His front tires almost looked like they were floating on top of the water and he wasn’t compensating for this hazard, but kept going faster than the speed limit.
“Perhaps he was late for work,” she’d thought. “Or perhaps he just isn’t paying attention to how hard the rain was falling.”
And then it happened – He lost control of his car and though the woman reacted by moving over to the lane to her left, it wasn’t enough.
It all happened in slow motion for her. His tires skidding. Then the sound of grinding mental and her car spun around in a circle then landed in the opposite lane of traffic.
She heard another crash. Then, nothing.
The woman didn’t remember much about the accident. She only remembered the sounds and feeling crushing pain shoot through her arm and leg.
When she had regained consciousness, she was in the recovery room of a hospital. Evidently, she learned later, surgery had been performed to piece together her arm with a plate and screws, and her leg had also received several screws to hold the bones in place.
Physical therapy lasted for months, as her body attempted to heal itself. But the doctors were optimistic that she would be able to use her arm and leg normally within the next six months after.
The pain was harsh and came in waves. She grabbed her leg and rubbed her hand over the area of her leg that had been damaged. The doctors had said she’d regain use of the leg, and they had been right, but they hadn’t been right about how long it would take for the pain to go away.
Time passed, and it had been over a year since the accident. Her pain was then diagnosed as a chronic pain condition. Something the doctors said that she would probably deal with the rest of her life.
Though this story is fictional, it is a story that has been repeated in many individuals’ lives. What starts out as a car accident or injury at work can turn into a chronic pain condition, as somewhere along the way the healing process does not include healing the pain.
Is there anything you can do after a car accident to speed up the healing process and perhaps avoid developing a chronic pain condition? Yes there is!
In the article, “The First 72 Hours: 10 Simple Things That can Help You Heal,” on drmaud.com, you will find what to do in the first seventy-two hours after a car accident to help you heal, such as a method to reduce pain and inflammation and what to do after the sudden shock of an accident.
And remember, God will be with you as you do the best you can to aid your healing process. With the right care, you will have a better chance of healing from an accident and reduce the risk of the injury turning into a chronic pain condition.
Matthew 10:31 - So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
When you hang up the phone or end a conversation in person, do you immediately begin an internal conversation criticizing yourself for what you just said? Do you feel like you’ve said the wrong thing? Even your line of thinking can come into count.
And on and on it goes. Each day you tear yourself apart; doubting all of your recent and past conversations with others.
When you have questions about your worth and value, it can be easy to turn your conversation clothing inside out.
Sometimes the reason you beat yourself up so much is that other people criticize you as well. You feel like you have to walk on eggshells with some people; especially your family.
Your family knows your weaknesses and if they hold something against you they may attack you through your conversations to try to make up for what they feel you did to them.
But even if you win an argument that you have with your family or friend, it doesn’t always help. You still tear apart the argument and find ways you could’ve said things differently.
So what does all of this have to do with chronic pain or an illness? When we are in physical pain it can cause us to be handicapped in our conversations with others. We don’t always think as clearly, whether just from the pain or from the medications we take. This then also adds to the weight of how little we think of ourselves and our conversations.
Here are some ideas in the article, “Negative Self-Talk: 9 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic,” on huffingtonpost.com to help you learn to stop being so critical of yourself such as asking yourself, “What would my best friend say.”
You may find that as you learn to stop your inner critic, you won’t take apart conversations you have with someone. We all make mistakes, but healing can begin when we let go of those mistakes and start including some of the suggestions in the article above. You might also discover that you do have worth and value after all.
Colossians 1:29 - To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Today you have to fix breakfast, drive the kids to school, try to get to work on time, finish a project that was due yesterday and finish two more that you have to do today, pick up something for dinner, help the kids with homework, get them off to bed, wash dishes and get everything for the kids laid out for the morning.
That’s what you have to do, but you ran out of time and didn’t finish everything.
For the average person having too much to do is a normal part of life and isn’t a big deal. But for the person who deals every day with a chronic health condition, it can feel overwhelming.
When you’re in pain or sick much of the time, it tears away at your energy level and your emotions. With a lower energy level you can feel tired all day which decreases how much you are able to complete. You may also find that you not only have a lower energy level, but your emotions spew out all around you. Sometimes that spray is dousing your loved ones as well.
So how can I retain as much energy as I can each day to help me finish what I need to complete? Find some ideas from breakingmuscle.com's article, “8 Natural Ways to Fuel Your Energy Level Through the Day.”
As you include, some of the suggestions from above throughout your day, you will find your energy going up and along with that will come the ability to finish more of the work you have to complete.
And know that, as the Bible verse above says, when you labor, God will powerfully give you the energy to complete your tasks for the day and have some left over.
Romans 8:25 - But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
You’ve just been diagnosed with a disease. It needs to be treated. However, you have to see a specialist to get the care you need.
You feel like the appointment should happen today, maybe even tomorrow, but you have to wait for an opening. It can be weeks or even months before you can get in.
That’s something I’m not very good at especially when it comes to my healthcare. What I have to remember is that there are other people out there who also need to see the doctor just as much as I do, and sometimes even more.
I must stop focusing on what’s wrong with me. This disease. This new negative in my life, and I need to be glad that there is a specialist who is willing and able to not only see me, but may help improve my outcome. Yet, why do I have to wait so long?
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it takes so long to get in to see that specialist, or any other physician, in the article, “The Doctor Will See You – In a Few Weeks,” from everydayhealth.com; and what we can do to cut down our waiting time such as conveying urgency and being thorough in our preparations for the appointment.
Waiting can be difficult to deal with especially if your medical condition is something that causes you pain and restricts your daily activities, but by using some of the tips listed above you may be able to see the doctor sooner.
In the meantime, let’s follow the advice of the Bible verse above: remain hopeful for the appointment we don’t have yet, and wait patiently.
Genesis 31:40 - This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
Darkness surrounds me, as daylight slips over the mountains. I begin my night time routine and soon find it time to go to sleep. It’s been a long day, so I welcome rest.
But then, I hear my neighbor’s dog start to bark. The noise becomes louder and louder as I wish my neighbor would bring in his dog so it would stop barking.
Then I hear the sound of a siren as a fire truck speeds past my apartment to answer a call for help. A few moments later another siren follows the first as an ambulance rushes in the same direction. But can I really be angry about the noise when someone may be in desperate need of help? No. So I say a quick prayer and lay down once more.
Just when I’m about to fall asleep another sound floats my way – someone with their car radio blasting as they wait for the light in front of my complex. Then the radio is replaced by the sound of a motorcycle.
And on it goes, night after night. But I live near a busy intersection. What do I expect, right? But all is not lost. Of course I could choose to move to a different location not near an intersection, but there could still be a dog barking. There are other options available though.
One solution is to keep a fan running at night. It produces what is called “white noise” and masks sounds in the room it’s located in. The only problem with a fan is that it’s not practical in the winter, so I use the same solution of producing a white sound, but in a machine that mimics the sound of a fan running without cooling your bedroom.
There are two kinds of noise makers – one that is computerized and runs on a loop or one that makes the white noise with the help of a small fan and different sized vents to amplify the sound. I prefer the secondary unit because the ones that run on a loop can wake you up each time the loop kicks in.
Another method of reducing noise is to wear earplugs. They can reduce or eliminate sounds outside your home. Unless you’re a light sleeper like I am where earplugs only marginally cut down sound.
You can find some other suggestions from wikihow.com in their article, "How to Sleep with Lots of Noise."
Now that you know some solutions to help cut down on the noise you hear at night, it’s time to put them into practice. This way, as the Bible verse above says, your sleep won’t flee from you, but will grace you with the ability to wake up refreshed in the morning.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.