I wrote earlier and asked people’s opinions about the website and app Curable. The consensus was that you could get the same info from the library.
But then I was talking with my daughter, Dr. Vanderwell, and she said that there have been studies that have shown that retraining the brain and how it manages pain have been at least somewhat successful and that she would be more inclined to do something like Curable than to advocate unknown products (my mom is pushing for me to try medical marijuana). So, in a week where I spent $120 in dr. visit co-pays, I thought, what do I have to lose, and I spent $76 and bought a year’s subscription to it. Reactions so far? Positive. Two things I’ve learned…
Facebook was causing my pain to be worse. I would spend too much time scrolling through there looking at the pictures that friends were posting about how amazing and wonderful (and fake) their lives were and it would be very stressful. So, I have begun the process of not unfriending them, but unfollowing them. That means, well, using the party analogy, if we’re at a party, I’ll talk to them if they come up and want to chat but if they are over on the other side of the room that’s fine. I can already tell that it’s less stressful. My goal is to have those I follow be authors, speakers, 10 to 20 people and family. Less scrolling is easier on the eyes and the visual aspect. Firing the Jones from my news feed leads to less fake news and less feeling like a failure.
Thinking about what causes pain - what emotions am I feeling when the pain spikes up? I’ve barely scratched the surface of it but I’ve done enough to see that there is a connection between moods and attitudes and pain.
Two small steps in the right direction. I can’t really say I’ve had any other steps in the right direction in a long time. So I’d say it’s going to be worth the time and effort and money and I wanted to share that with you all.
Oh and I am not in any way benefiting from urging you to try this.
Thanks for being who you are and what you all mean to all of us.