I hope you all understand that I am not complaining about the pain associated with my liver cancer. The things I write are to ENCOURAGE OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES of all kinds. Let me share what happened this morning.
In Part 9, I wrote about my experience with my first glue up and first end grain cutting board. I joked that maybe I’d just sit in my man cave all night and watch the glue dry. Well, I almost did.
I went to bed about 9:00 PM. The chemo is making me need a lot of rest, it also has one side effect they didn’t tell me about until after I started, inflammation of the joints. I already had some pain in my joints, especially my ankles and hands so I take an anti-inflammatory that helps some. (meloxicam)
At 3:30 AM I woke up and almost screamed because the pain was so bad. I have a pretty high pain threshold, not that I could give birth to a child or anything, but I’m usually able to grin and bear it. Not this morning! I could barely walk to the bathroom to grab some pain killers they gave me, that I rarely take, but this time I took a double dose. Now the pain killers take about 30 to 45 minutes to have any effect and I figured if I went back to bed and moaned about my pain, my wife might cause me some real pain. (not really, she’s a sweety), but I didn’t want to wake her so….........
I grabbed a walker that belonged to my mother-in-law and scooted out to my man cave and sat in front of my work bench. There I was in the middle of the night, watching glue dry. That’s kind of like watching the grass grow here in Texas. As I sat there I quickly took out a tablet and started sketching plans for my next project and looking around the shop to see what I was going to need. The pain was still there, but they say 70% of pain is psychological, and I think whoever “they” are, they are correct. On a scale of 1 to 10 my pain started at a 25+. Within ten minutes, while sitting in my shop it went down to an 8. I’d say that proves what I’ve been saying all along, “Woodworking is good medicine!” BTW, watching glue dry isn’t my favorite thing to do at 3:30 in the morning, but this morning it was.
Now I’m going to get a little spiritual here so close your eyes if that bothers you. The Bible tells me some things that apply here (at least two). First, You reap what you sow. I am sowing my energy into woodworking and what am I reaping? Well, YOU for starters and all the wonderful people I’m meeting who are helping and encouraging and teaching me. I appreciate you all so much. Secondly Philippians 4:8 tells us to meditate on good things. I think about woodworking all of the time now, not on the cancer. It has helped me more than I can express in words.
One last thought about sowing good seeds through woodworking. The return is far more than I sow! I have more energy, less pain, my wife isn’t as stressed as she was when she sees me getting excited and doing things. I am building some great relationships with several of you through messages and e-mails. the list just goes on and on. I could sit around waiting for something good to happen or I can do my part and plant seeds. I found this note that I wrote to myself 15 years ago and I’ve put it up in my shop as a reminder.
You all have a wonderful day making sawdust!
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!