This week I’ve been given the opportunity to experience what it is like to count the minutes until your next dose of pain medication. Complications from a dental procedure left me with a swollen face and an aching jaw that sent me to emergency over the weekend. For two days I literally counted the minutes, day and night, until my next set of pills. Of course, my pain was no where near that experienced by cancer patients or trauma patients, but I now know a little of how it feels when pain rules every moment of your day. Perhaps I can use that in a story some time.
Some writers will tell you that they use writing to get through the bad times. Not me. I couldn’t put myself into an imaginary world when the real one demanded so much attention. However, I could read. I’m so grateful to authors who tell stories that, even for a little while, distracted me from my aching jaw.
And on that note, here’s a link that may interest you.