It's 3 am. I lay in our guest room listening to Chewbacca the shih tzu snore. I came in here to avoid waking Adrian up. I'm in so much pain, But breathing through it. Inhale in. Exhale out.
Pain is a hard thing to write about it. Adjectives do not suffice. Agonizing. Brain numbing. Unbearable. But I'm bearing it.
Verbs capture it better. Shivering. Clenching. Writhing. Weeping.
Or maybe add some nouns too.
Wet towel. Crumpled blankets. Curled up body.
This form of mine will get better. I know that. Pain is real but it too will pass.
I urge myself to remember. Remember. Even this moment, lying on my side in bed writing these words, squinting at my phone, is precious.
Every moment matters. The big, the small, the adjectives, the verbs and the nouns.
Here are more nouns.
Family and friends. Cards. Flowers. Well wishes. A back rub.
With some adjectives.
A hot cup of tea. A warm compress. A golden light.
With a verb.
Let's put this all together now. We will get there eventually. I promise. This is not wishful thinking. This is wish filled thinking.
She lies in bed writing, dog by her side, warm and comfortable, and puts down her phone, finally managing to drift away into slumber.