I just wanted to take time to say Happy New Year to everyone.
I'm afraid I am ending the year in a great amount of pain, the drastic weather changes here in Texas have been very hard on me. We went to Tennessee for a week to celebrate my birthday and Christmas with our children and grandchildren, and while I had a wonderful time and feel very blessed to have been with all of them, the traveling was very hard on my body.
I am trying to stay positive, and I am looking forward to the new year. My plan is to do a better job of taking care of my self this year. And for me, that means being more proactive about my health. My doctors want to maintain, but my body keeps getting worse. They changed my pain meds again this month and my blood pressure shot up. So, I have to work on getting a pain medication that will actually work without killing me, and I am going back to physical therapy again. My plan is to try some yoga or Tai Chi, once I can loosen up some.
Now, how does all this relate to painting and my art? Well, I find that if my pain overwhelms me, then I simply cannot paint. So again, I have to be intentional about taking care of myself so that I can paint..
It's all a great challenge, there are simply days that I can hardly climb out of bed to go to the bathroom, but I don't know what else to do. If I don't try and help myself, no one else will.
Take care of yourselves and keep painting!
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.