I recently had jaw and sinus surgery — and dental work, all at once. Nothing serious, two teeth broken by accident (one had to be pulled out, the other required an implant and dental bone graft), sinus which also needed an implant because there was not enough bone (which I’ve had since early childhood), etc.! However, as I am prone to trigeminal neuralgia since a very young age, we had to be super careful with this famous nerve. Add to that, the fact that I’m allergic to all narcotics, so no strong pain killers for me…you can imagine that for 7 days, it’s been quite the rollercoaster. And since this trigeminal nerve was obviously affected in the surgery, I — who rarely, if ever, complains — have admitted to being in agony!
How do I deal with this excruciating sensation of a knife penetrating the bone all the time? Frankly, on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m rarely below a 9.
So, I use my knowledge about the body, supplements, alternative medicine and conventional medicine, and this is what I do:
No codeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or any other pain reliever narcotic that would work wonders. So I meditate!
As a result, for the past 7 days, my training for Antarctica has taken a hit.
And I felt guilty about that. Really guilty, actually. Because it’s all good and well to let go and “take care of yourself first” but, no excuse, not even that of my severe pain will serve me any good when I find myself climbing a mountain in extreme cold without having been 100% prepared!
And on top of all that, I’ve continued connecting with all of you…to occupy my mind, even if the pain was overwhelmingly stronger at times, and I had to give myself a few seconds to recenter. In the end, I’ve discovered that to give — and to give fully — is more effective than moping on my couch thinking only one thing: pain.
Of course, everyone has their own way of dealing with pain, but I have found that my way suits me well. What matters most is what works for you!
Remember, we are much stronger than we think.
Your LeBootCamp Weight Loss & Wellness Coach