Out of this World

Behind the closed blind slats of the windows, lights off – TV off and in the dark, under the bed blankets, eye-mask on and ear-plugs in, and head buried under the pillow, the mind goes blank. Now the vision of a white screen, then gray, finally back and a dream appears in the brain and the colors become bright and unworldly.

As the senior tramps smoothly across the dead leaves and down a gravelly path, the way grows narrower and the forest trees blind the sun and all light disappears, all sound is muffled by the low clouds and peace lingers in the air. The cave entrance ahead bores into a mountain; darker and darker step by step, and the further in the fewer the aches and pains; no troubles and trials and the mind becomes clear and lucent. The real world is left behind, and all is good.

Pain and disability problems and management is a major problem for seniors and many soon-to-be seniors. Most pain issues are experienced in multiple areas, such as the back, hips and knees. Taking one’s mind off the pain by doing such distractions such as watching TV, going to a movie, getting together with a friend, listening to music, or meditating -- can help manage pain, but only goes so far. Even things like relaxation techniques – reducing stress and helping muscles relax – can reduce pain; hypnosis, physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, heat and cold and even exercise only go so far and just are temporary in the first place. A brief escape is sometimes the answer.

Of course, medications are an option but also only go so far and in the ends are also temporary and can result in other physical problems. Many feel that taking medication for pain is a sign of weakness and worry that they will become addicted and might be perceived as a drug addict … one problem for another. Many remember the dope craze of the 60s and don’t want to go back there. “Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way,” said Billie Holiday from a life of experience in the field. The same can be said for many seniors, many who may have a history of addiction in the past, but what other choice do they have but living in constant pain.

But then again, for mobilization convenience, there are canes, crutches, and multip
le choices of a walker with or without wheels, and the ultimate comfort transportation called a wheelchair, with or without a motor … without a motor you will need strong arms or a faithful friend or relative pusher. “Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!” Said Jerry Lewis, but of course he must have been joking because no one wants to spend all day in the house. And no one wants to spend all day dreaming because those dreams may soon become nightmares.

These troubles and trials of aches and pain are all focused on the individual and the solutions to them are as well individual. A sore foot can’t have the same solution as a bad back or a constant pain in the neck, not your nosey relatives of course, that is another subject. The real solution is for each person to concentrate on a solution for their individual dilemma and when found, do it. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results,” said or sang Willie Nelson, who probably reflected from personal experiences. So the idea is to get out of that dark tunnel and walk around in the light, the world, with less pain.

©2013, Patrick Kennedy

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Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life. - Nicolas Chamfort

Patrick M. Kennedy (P Manvel Kennedy) has been a professional writer, editor, and graphic artist for over 30 years. He is the author of three books: More Fun with Retirement: A coffee break for seniors, How to Have Fun with Retirement, and Being a Senior Citizen: You rnew phase of life with many questions looking for answers. and his latest book: More Fun with Retirement: A coffee break for seniors. He currently works from Boise, Idaho. In the past he has worked from Seattle, Indianapolis, and Las Vegas. He keeps busy because he knows it is important when writing or editing any material with a particular objective in mind, for either personal use or business goals, to present ideas with quality, clarity and accuracy. He can do that, and he does most of it himself, but he occasionally must call upon qualified associates for assistance.

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