I went to post the hymn the other night–was going to blog “The King Shall Come,” but Blogger was down. I’m not off-track by a couple days. Thankfully, this is the only one of my Advent preparations to be too far off-track.
I woke up Friday morning with the worst skeletal pain I’ve ever had. You know those “1-10” charts at the hospital? I always say they need to have more of a dimensionality to them.
For example, you may have pain that’s a “10” in intensity in one little spot. You may have pain that, in its intensity, is a “10,” but it comes and goes. On the other hand, you may have pain that’s only a “5” in intensity but just doesn’t go away.
So, really, the question should be phrased in three parts: a) how intense/sharp is the pain, b) how long does it last, and c) how far does it spread?
So, in this case, the pain was definitely on the high scale of intensity–I’d say an 8 or 9. But it literally covered every inch of my body from my hips to shoulders and down my left arm. By contrast, my right arm and legs were completely numb (partly as I’d just woken up). I literally could not move. It was definitely the worst skeletal pain I’ve ever had.
I took a prescription pain pill (every time I go to the ER for severe pain, to make sure it’s not an aneurysm, they give me pain pills; since I only take pain pills once every 3-6 months, I usually have a big supply), and even that didn’t alleviate the pain. The pill made me weak and loopy, but the pain came back after an hour, and for another hour I had tears streaming down my face because it was so intense. I finally got to where I couldnt’ take it anymore, and I fell asleep for about 3 hours.
So I didn’t go to work, and I almost missed Immaculate Conception (went to 7:30 Mass with my wife’s parents).
Blogging the response below burnt up all my intellectual energies, so I don’t know when I’ll resume my special Advent series–probably not till Sunday.