Sometimes silence is golden. Today is one of those days.
One medical issue I deal with is occipital neuralgia. I can think of few things that generate such a level of pain as this. Ironically, it has taught me a lot over the years. Have you ever experienced something that overwhelms you so much that silence seems to be your only friend? Today I am so thankful for silence.
Occipital neuralgia has several distinctive features. For me, it begins with a sensation of having put my finger in a light socket. More accurately, that sensation runs from the base of my skull up the side of my head, and thankfully taking a rest near the top of my head.
When this intruder arrives – unannounced, unwelcome, uninvited – I want to shut down. If I take a moment to ponder some blessing from this, I can eventually summon a response. Silence and serene surroundings, while not a solution, can slow down the progression. Today, I am home and able to rest. My obligations for the day have been put aside for now. A scheduled doctor’s appointment, ironically to see my neurologist. An item we needed to return to the store. A trip to the grocery store. The list could be extensive.
I can see the ‘blessings in disguise’. I haven’t driven in nearly two weeks because of this, and a delay in my appointment means I will have a chauffeur that ensures a safe arrival. Staying away from the store means I can’t be tempted towards impulse shopping. No grocery shopping? Because I live in the most prosperous nation in the world, it is a rare day when my kitchen is void of any food. I can have something delivered. The options are nearly endless. I am not truly out of food; I just want my comfort food. The list can quickly be reduced to my wants instead of my needs.
My neurologist has successfully treated the condition with a nerve block in the past. For now, I will enjoy the wonderful sound of silence. In this busy world, that opportunity is a gift.