Hearing the rain falling on the roof all day is a soothing sound. It not only soothes my mind, but my body at the same time. Lately, I have been having a lot of pain all the way down my right leg—the hip, the thigh muscles, the knee, the shin, and even the ankle bone. It tends to break through to my mind and make me aware of the havoc it is raising. By havoc, I mean to say that pain interferes with my thinking and causes me to lose my train of thought. My awareness is focused entirely on the pain and the pain only.
How can I get rid of it? Will aspirin do the trick today? Or do I need to lie very still and pray? Or maybe I need to exercise to alleviate the awful pain?
How can I get back to my better self?
The answer is definitely pain management. So, if I try the possible remedies I’ve named, I may lose the acuity of the pain.
However, because of the rain today, I’m wondering if weather or barometric pressure is involved, too? Seriously, the rain and dreariness of this day has given me a reprieve. I must thank God this has happened, and I have become aware of it because as I write this piece, I am feeling no pain. God be praised.
Oh, but what does this mean going forward? How can I reproduce the sound of the rain on the roof? One thought that comes immediately is a recording of rain or other soothing recordings. Maybe music would also be a possibility. I’m sure that God’s hand is in this, so I will keep searching.
Mary Jane Berger, OSB
Photo: Raindrops adorn a beautiful spring flower, taken by Sister Carleen Schomer