Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Good Pain

I often say that sometimes I get "good pain" and people look at me strangely. How can pain ever be good?

Well, I believe it can.

Certain things can cause me to have more pain than usual. Like going out in the cold. Like brushing my teeth. Like eating some foods. Obviously those things don't give good pain. Far from it.

Talking causes pain sometimes. Singing causes pain (not just for me!) And laughing causes pain. Those things cause what I call "good pain" Especially the laughing. I call it good pain because I did enjoy the activity at the time, and I knew at the time that I would end up being more painful, but sometimes the pain is just worth it.
Yesterday we went out visiting the family for the first time this year. One of my nieces is staying with my Dad for a couple of weeks with her little girl. This little girl is four and an absolute bundle of fun. She just doesn't stop. I wish I had a tiny bit of her energy. She had us laughing non-stop and we had such a good day. So I laughed non-stop, and yes, I felt the pain a lot then and a lot today, but it was so worth it. Definitely "good pain".

So if someone ever tells they get good pain, please don't look at them strangely. They've possibly discovered that sometimes pain is worth it.


  1. Good ideas to educate people - rather felt that the video should have awful drilling, throbbing, screeching type sound effects - though not quite sure you could achieve that easily. Lots of love Andrina

    1. Hi Andrina, yes, I should have had some background noise of some sort. I also wouldn't have had a clue how to achieve that. I need to figure things like that out though :)

      Lots of Love,

  2. Great idea Liz! I went and liked the FB page. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. The facial pain association is also a great resource. Do you have a twitter account? I do and I am happy to tweet out your page and the video if you would like that.I have a large number of followers who have TN or are caregivers.
    Good luck with it all.


    1. Hi Gilly,

      Thank you, and yes, that would be brilliant if you could tweet it to your followers.
      TN needs all the awareness it can get.

      Thanks again,

  3. I had a arts and crafts / yard sale this past Friday and Saturday. It was hard work, but I had fun. My husband, son and wife, daughter, and grandkids were there. My 7 year old granddaughter sold her art, and she was so cute with her own little stand. I had friends over participating with their crafts. We were all cracking jokes left and right, while selling stuff out of my front yard. I sold pottery pieces and handed out my business cards, and while I wish I'd sold more for all the work it took, I felt happy.

    Then came the tear down. Florida is hot and humid. When all was said and done, I was a mass of useless human being trying to fight off the pain on the right side of my face.

    I am fighting TN and arthritis tooth and nail, which also means that I often overdo it. I've always been so active with camping, hiking, fishing, gardening. Somehow I've got to temper myself and realize that I have to take it more easy. I have this use it or lose it mentality, which wars with the TN take it easy mentality.

  4. Hi Christin, yes, it's easy to overdo it, but it's still so important to get a bit of fun in our lives, isn't it. I wish you'd been able to sell more pottery, but who knows, maybe those business cards will do their work. Liz xx


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