Papercut and colored pencil art by Sheryl Aronson X 5

Thursday, April 21, 2011

First Anniversary Blog Post

On 4/21/2010 I posted my first blog post.  I introduced myself, and in the second post I explained what Sjogren's Syndrome is.  I was writing almost every day back then, now I aim for 2-3 times/week.  A few days after that first post, my sister and I 'ran away from home' for an overnight in the Amish area of Ohio.  I remember being a bit worried about being away from home for two days, and not having access to my computer.  What would I do about my blog?  Now, two days doesn't faze me, but I try not to go much longer than that or my emails get out of hand, and I feel like I am falling behind in posting.
The biggest changes in my life in this past year include two additions and a subtraction.  The first addition is curled up between my knees, taking a bath.  She is a calico Siamese, and we have decided that she can share my husband's birthday in May, since we don't know her exact birth date.  Her name is Camille, short for chameleon.  The people we adopted her from were calling her Snow because she was mostly white with a dark tail and ears.  She started developing tan areas, so we changed her name.  This was the first I learned that Siamese cats start out white and develop their color as they mature.
The second addition in my life is the Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain Support Group I started running 3 months ago.  It is going well, 4-5 people in attendance at the last few sessions, with some people becoming regulars. We meet twice a month, each session has an education/discussion portion and a creative portion.  The past two sessions were about managing emotions and anger, and next week will be about stress management.  A few people aren't so keen on the creative portion, but most people like it.  It gives them new ways of expressing themselves, an outlet, a chance to learn new things about themselves.
The subtraction in my life was the elimination of gluten from my diet.  That is a more recent change, and I have written about it lately, so I won't write about it now.
For a child, a year is a long time.  For someone my age, sometimes they seem to go by so quickly.  Overall it has been a good year.  My pain and fatigue are relatively in control.  I can still work and do most of the things I want to and need to do.  I am still enjoying writing this blog, though sometimes it gets to be a challenge finding the time I need to write.
People sometimes ask me about my art, and I don't know what to tell them.  The time I used to use for art is now used for writing and preparing for my support group.  They are all creative endeavors, but I do miss the art sometimes.  I believe that people will make time for those things that are really important to them.  On occasion, I do take some time to work on an art project.  At some point, I will decide that it is time to make it a priority in my life again, and I will find a way to do it.


  1. People rely on painkillers for the general reason, as in for receiving quick relief from severe pain. But they get so much adapted to this that they completely forget about the Side effects of painkillers.

    Be it their habit or out of desperation, people recurrently turn to pain medications to get fast relief from the excruciating pain which they experience due to arthritis, back injuries, migraine headache, any kind of surgeries and other diseases. Often it is experienced that these painkillers are fruitful to the patients and once their pain gets resolved they forget all about it. Again when they next feel the pain growing, they quickly pop in painkillers without once thinking about the side effects of painkillers.

    People tend to forget the very vital fact about the Side effects of painkillers. They get contented with the temporary relief that they get but forget the fact that they may turn to be highly perilous and risky in the long run. They can also bring forth an array of precarious and repeatedly overlooked consequences.

    In the market today there are a huge variety of Narcotic painkillers being sold without any prescription. Some of them are Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Lorcet, Paracetamol, Anticonvulsants, Tricycle antidepressants, etc. Opiates that are available are basically narcotic opioid alkaloids originating physically from poppy plant. Opioids are chemical matters that combine easily to opioid receptors in CNS. But some very strong trait about opiates is that they have an addict forming train which may be highly dangerous in the long run.

    Judith Delgado

  2. I understand that pain killers are addictive but when the pain never stops and pain killers only take the edge off, I will take the pain killers.
    When the choice is pain killers or death (suicide) then, for now, I choose pain killers. I know that a time will come when pain killers will not even take the edge off of the pain and then my choice will be diffrent.
    I would like to see my grandkids grow up and start famlies of their own but at the rate the pain is increasing, I don't think I will be here to see that.
    So I say "screw the side effects" of the meds if they get me a little bit closer to watching them grow up.

  3. Addiction of painkillers is very dangerous for health but sometime we need more and more painkillers for our comfort.