I survived July 2016
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Sorry for the lack of updates. I was in pain for a month and was living off painkillers, prayers, and the patience of friends. I just wanted to let you know I’m still here.
I was not prepared for the month of pain.
It started with a strenuous workout in the gym, followed by a suspected UTI, doctors, ultrasound, PAP smear, colonoscopy, online bullying, stolen cellphone, hacked credit card—all in July 2016.
But I survived it.

Out of everything that was dealt to me, the worst thing really was the physical pain because it lasted for one month, I thought I was dying.
The pain would start every time I sat up to eat, from my lower back to my tail, it would radiate to my right thigh, buttocks and calves. The pain was so bad I would end up in bed, cancel appointments, meetings, and move deadlines.
I tried Flanax, Ponstan, Alaxan, Salonpas, massages, sleeping, and in the end it was only Advil, prayer, and time that worked for me.

I was losing hope. All I could think about was Prince, who suffered from chronic pain after jumping constantly in heels.

Prince pain

I thought about my cousin Lance Raymundo, who survived a deadly gym accident in 2014. I thought about my friend Penny who was bedridden for a month before she died in 2015.
Cause that’s all I could think about when I was in pain. I thought about other people in pain and I prayed.

On the last week of July my friends were telling me to hang on because it’s nearly August.
True enough, yesterday was my second day without pain. I went to bed early. I was tired, sleepy, but had no pain.
I also have an abnormal craving for Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, but there is none currently in Manila. (Please tell me if you find a tub in the supermarket.)

Funny, I bought this metal sign in Tokyo last Christmas and forgot about it until now. I should have hung it up somewhere. For when I really thought the pain would never go away and I would be living a life like Prince, it’s finally gone. I hope for good.

Pain sign

That said, I’m back. Sorry if I have missed some deadlines or not taken your calls. I’ve been in pain and feeling very tired. Thanks to all my friends and family who have been patient with me through this time and who prayed for me. I am grateful.

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  • Che Liza

    I truly understand you and I thank you for sharing this story. I was also in pain for a month! From neck down to my right hand. I was terrible at it, I would cry, and almost on the verge of a panic attack. Pain tolerance, zero. The painkillers given to me won’t work until someone told me to try Voltaren It gave me 12hr relief then pain would start again so I’d add panadol– gave me 5-hr relief. If you had Prince on your mind, I had Michael Jackson. I was terrified of being addicted to painkillers and eventually destroy my liver and kidneys. (Touch wood) and thank God it’s over. I went to see an alternative medicine expert, gone through meridian massage and I secretly and quietly did a salt-soak to rid of any negative entity if there ever was present. And gone… I just hope it won’t come back. Im following your butterfly exercise.. maybe I’d need some collagen, too…

    Love and light.

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    CVS Reply:

    thank you che. keep well!

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  • Niño Mark Sablan

    Sad to hear about that but I’m glad it’s over na. Hope it stays away!

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  • Ivy Bayas

    hope all the pain ends.
    be well!

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  • Bambhie

    Good to hear that you are feeling much better now Ms C. I’m also in pain nowadays just like the way you felt. I’m taking flanax everyday. I will see a doctor soon but have to clear my schedule at work first. I hope this pain would go away really really soon. It is hard to walk. Stress is also one of the culprits I guess 🙁

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  • Papermade Press

    Please continue to get better. (from your yellow pages recipient).

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    CVS Reply:

    thank you 🙂

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  • Mark Canizares

    Was at a Catholic Church in Fira Town this afternoon (posted a pic of this beautiful ‘prayer guide’ on insta), lighted a candle while thinking of my family and friends- true story, out of nowhere remembered your last post: The Month Of Pain. Then i came back to the hotel and happily surprised to see you have new post. Glad to hear you’re better now. Prayers and love Ms. C.

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    CVS Reply:

    thank you Mark :)))

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