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Sometimes It Is Lupus: Health Blogging Month Day 22: Be Present

    Be present.

    Describe something peaceful with as much sensory imagery as you can. What are the sights, sounds, scents, and feelings?

    Peaceful?  Well, I guess it is sort of peaceful.

    As I write this it’s 6.30pm on Monday the 21st. Yes, I do cheat. I write blog posts ahead of time and then set them to publish when I want them to go live. So this one is going live tomorrow at 6am.

    It has been a long, hot day.  The thermometer got up to around 35 deg C.  I’ve been to Curves this morning for the first time in ages. That out-of-control pain in my back and legs is very much back under control.

    Then my son and I went to officeworks, so I could get a better office chair. (I confess, I had been using a folding chair at my desk. The physiotherapist was less than impressed.) My son assembled the chair for me while I had my afternoon nap.

    So now, I’m in my bedroom/office, sitting on my comfortable new red leather-look gas lift chair. The air conditioner is humming in the background, and although the room doesn’t feel cool as such, it is at least bearable.

    At the moment, I’m using the Circulation Booster machine – it’s buzzing on my aching legs, and the tens pads are cats’-clawing my lower back.  It’s somewhere between pleasurable and painful. (I set it fairly strong – something I learned with the physiotherapist, that if I have the tens machine to the strongest setting I can cope with, the pain relief works better and for longer.)

    Occasionally my little old dog gets up, has a snuffle around the room, and a bark at the door. But I tell him I can’t open it until I’m “unplugged” and he collapses in a heap again.

    Because I spend so long in this room, I try to make it as pleasant as possible. So I have everything in pale pink and with pictures of roses. It’s a very girly room, but that’s fine with me. It’s meant to be where I both work and relax. (I have a dream that when one of the kids moves out I’ll have a separate bedroom and study – but that seems a long way away.)

    My other favourite quiet place is the front patio – but now we’re beginning summer and that is far too hot for me. More and more now, up until the weather cools down in about April or May, this little room with the humming air-conditioner and the pink rose decor, will be the world I inhabit.

    This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: