Last night something happened to me that seldom happens. I was sick, painfully sick. I was going to say sick as a dog but I’ve noticed that dogs are hardly ever sick. They can eat a decaying hotdog out of the garbage, lick some slurpy liquid off the sidewalk and still dance around and chase a stick until your arm comes out of its socket.
I was in such discomfort that I begged God to help me. I writhed in pain - how do you writhe in pain? You turn hither and yon and rub where it hurts and stretch out and do it all again - and then I said, “Oh God, oh God, oh God. Help me.” Why would I think that after months, maybe years of no direct communication, God would drop everything at 2 a.m. on a Friday night and say, “Rise, take up your pallet and walk” But you know what? God did help me. I took three sequential baths and walked around and got out my hot water bottle and did a few other things that are too gross to mention. Finally, soaking wet from my third bath, I wrapped myself in a big towel and got in bed. I tried my breathing technique and finally fell asleep. When I woke up four hours later, the pain was gone. I still felt very tentative about my stomach but I could manage it and I could walk around without wishing I was dead.
The takeaway here (besides God) is that sound, as in SOUND, even whining sound is very helpful when you are in pain. Feel free to talk out loud about how much it hurts. Oh, it hurts, it hurts, it hurts. Groan and say oh, no, oh, no. oh, no. Fortunately, I live alone.
I thought I should write this all down in case you are ever in that situation.