Lessons in Discomfort
I knew I’d get it some point in my life. I had heard that those who’ve had a small case of chicken pox would likely get shingles. So, I somehow knew it would come. It did!
Here are a few things I gleaned from it.
- I have a tendency to catastrophize things…so when the pain started (before rash), I was brewing a story of cancer in lymph system.
- My husband is not one for talking about medical things, but when I told him of my pain and rash, he diagnosed the shingles! So, my reframe for my husband is that he deals with medical things when it is important.
- I am proud that I took myself into the doctor…my normal mode is to wait it out. If I had waited, I would not have been able to get the medicine to reduce the symptoms and duration. My lesson is that I can trust myself to do what I need when I need to, and things work out for me.
- The minute I was officially diagnosed, I DECIDED that I would have a mild case. I held the belief the whole time…guess what, I had a mild case.
- When I told people of my shingles, I found MANY people have had it. That is where they would then tell me in detail of their symptoms. That was a tricky spot for me because I had decided to have a mild case…and focusing on harsh cases didn’t feel like a good place to be. I held myself neutral and reminded myself that I was going for mild.
- When the significant nerve pain started, it was Christmas-time. It was a blessing for me to be focusing on myself and not worried about how everyone else was doing. I stayed right smack in my own business where I belong. As a result, I had a pleasant family experience (I didn’t say pleasant physical experience).
As I shuttle out the remains of my rash, I feel in some ways blessed to have gotten it out of my system and to have learned a lot about myself in the meantime. To recap…I learned.
- Assume the best not the worst
- Stay in my own business – always.
- Trust that my husband also has intuition about his own health – and remember #2.
- Trust my instincts
- I get to DECIDE how I experience everything (even the seemingly unfortunate)…and in most cases, the experience rises to meet my expectations.
- When being exposed to topics and information I don’t like…stay neutral and keep mentally focused on what I DO want (change the subject if possible).
- See blessings in everything. They are there if I open to them.
In Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life. The affirmation for shingles is:
I’m relaxed and peaceful because
I trust the process of life.
All is well in my world.