Happy summer’s day!
After a lovely, somewhat cooler day at Crowborough,
I shot off to the dentist.
Looks like the old girl’s got Dry Socket.
No wonder it is so painful and not improving!
Wednesday’s blog is our mindful day though, and I have to tell you:
despite the toothache, I have made a fascinating discovery this week.
(And I don’t mean put the paint in the fridge when it’s too hot
– although that’s pretty groundbreaking too!)
So even 5 days after the tooth was pulled,
the toothache was making her miserable.
Awake half the night.
Lying there, and the jaw was pulsing.
Didn’t know whether to get up, lie down,
take another Ibuprofen,
swill with salt water,
down half a pint of clove oil or just cry.
On Monday, she went to teach at the workshop,
because over 30 guests had arrived and shit or bust,
she had to do this thing.
And then the most amazing thing happened.
As soon as she began to focus on the group,
concentrate on them and not on her toothache –
the pain subsided.
All day, they crafted away, she hopped around from table to table,
chatting and laughing,
teaching, coaxing, helping and focussing on the job at hand.
Took a few pain pills at lunchtime and carried on.
AS SOON AS THE GUESTS LEFT AND SHE STOPPED,
It was back. As unbearable as 9 hours before.
I have done this dance for 3 days now,
and it has worked every day.
Spoke to lovely Vanessa about it.
She’s a nurse who was on the course.
She called it Distraction Therapy.
So I went ahead and looked up DT for the purpose of this blog:
I’m not kidding.
It was like the pain didn’t exist during the day.
I hadn’t had a traumatic tooth extraction. Nothing.
The minute I was alone again, bang. It kicked in.
Now if crafting isn’t DT mindfulness in action,
concentrating on the now,
and distracting the negative thoughts,
I bet I’m not alone here.
I bet a lot of you use crafting to distract you.
Whether consciously or subconsciously, it works – it really does.
Really looking forward to another run at the painty projects tomorrow – bring on the heat !!!
Love and Peace,