Persevering in the Face of Pain - by SC Skillman

Having been through a knee replacement op 2 days ago I'm currently in hospital wondering why I seem to be the last patient in here still suffer a bad reaction from the morpheine and codeine they gave me.
Surely, I think, I should be skipping out of here on my crutches by now. But no, here I am longing to take up my normal life again and wishing I could look a plate of food in the eye without feeling sick.
Often we don't like being vulnerable and dependent on others for the most basic of support. But there's a valuable lesson here for me.

Loss of strength, health, independence and appetite and the ever-present quest to reduce a deep, tight, aching pain to manageable levels is making me practise patience and humility.

And perhaps by a God-incidence I'm reading Nicki Copeland's book 'Less Than Ordinary'. What an open, vulnerable and moving account she gives. I urge you to read it for another journey of patience and humility and insight into our own vulnerable condition in this life.

By SC Skillman
Psychological, paranormal and mystery fiction and non fiction.

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  1. I too was given codeine when I broke my arm a few months ago. I encountered exactly the same problems as you, stomach pain, sickness, heartburn and lack of appetite. Fortunately, for me, the pain wore off of its own accord shortly after my surgery, and I was able to stop the codeine - after which I felt better instantly.
    On your other, serious, point, being in pain does bring it home to us how fragile our hold is on life and how much we need to lean on God.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary and it's heartening to hear that for you the pain lifted and all those unpleasant side effects disappeared after stopping the codeine. We learn by experience! And the only thing that kept me holding on were the words 'Be stll and know that I am God'. They keep my blood pressure down anyway!

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  2. Will be holding you in prayer. I had a knee replacement operation four weeks ago, so I understand completely what you're coping with right now, and it does get easier. Lean on God when you are at your lowest. And yes, it's a huge lesson in having patience and allowing others to care for us in our vulnerability. Sending love. xxx

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  3. Thank you Pat for your empathetic and encouraging comment. Certainly prayer does get us through.

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  4. Have sent you an email, Sheila. Much love and prayers from us both. Chris and Freda xx

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  5. Ouch, Sheila, sounds very painful. I'd heard knee operations were quite painful anyway regardless of having a bad reaction to the drugs. Get better soon xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Yes I do sympathise with the medical professionals as they're trying to do their very best and get the balance of medication right..

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  6. Do hope you're feeling better soon Sheila. Thanks for your dedication to posting! X

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  7. Thank you Deborah. It actually made me feel better to post, as I felt I was communicating with the outside world, and was also pleasantly surprised to find I could publish a blog post successfully using just my mobile phone!

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  8. Knee replacements are extremely painful praying for a breakthrough to this pain God Bless you

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  9. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.

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