Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pain Management Class--Day One.

"Observe the intelligence in your pelvis..."

This, among other intelligent body parts, were to be observed during our afternoon relaxation time in Pain Management Class, Level 3. i had a difficult time remaining relaxed, because this is what my intelligent brain wanted to say: "BwahHAHHAHHAH!"

Phew. There. Now i feel better having gotten that out.

i registered in the Kaiser clinic, and sat around in the waiting room trying to guess when people came in whether or not they were in pain class. "Hmmm...they're definitely wearing workout clothes...and tying shoes...could be." (They weren't.) "That guy is DEFinitely not in the class--those are jeans, and that's just a regular sweater." (He was.)

So the two guys and i were called into the class for an orientation session before being joined by the others already in the class. That only meant 3 or 4 other women, all in various week stages of the class--one in her 5th and final week, another in week 3, that sort of thing.

It seemed like we did an awful lot of relaxing/meditating--i'm already pretty sedate, and the 2nd of those, what with trying to stifle my giggles, was less relaxing. The session we had learning accupressure was pretty cool--i definately want to explore that some more.

There are rules upon rules, as i mentioned in my previous post about the class, one big one being "Keep it positive!" meaning we are not to talk about our pain, or say anything in lunch time that might bring up thoughts of medical things to others--to the point that we can't even say, "i had to take my dog to the vet's." We newbies just sat for a while, eating and looking furtively at the others, wondering if we dared to talk. i've never thought about my words so hard in my life!!

Anyway, stay tuned, and i'll let you know what other intelligent parts of me i need to listen to. Hoping my pelvis doesn't start talking back.

10 comments:

limbolady said...

Are you dead serious about listening to the intelligence in your pelvis? You just made that one up, didn't you? C'mon, remember how intelligent your friends are!!! I can see how the meditation could be used to try to "transcend" the pain, and hope it has some lasting value. I'm interested in the accupressure stuff, too. I'm proud of you for going to these classes!

julia said...

Seriously,i'm dead serious.

Jo said...

I was prepared to ask the same question. What a new slant on things. I never had a clue that my pelvis had even a minute amount of intelligence. Now I need to go sit somewhere quiet and ponder that one a while. I hope this phase of your mmmmm management will prove to help you. I bet it does.

Silliyak said...

Next class tell them a friend wants to know what to do if your pelvis is a little slow to grasp concepts and inflexible in all areas.

bookbabie said...

I tried to meditate today, it was a bust. I was tired from taking my mom to her first pulmonary rehab appt. and I couldn't quiet my racing mind, my neck hurt which is why I'm going to go right now and do my yoga stretches to try to ward off a headache:(

Anonymous said...

I wish I had been there.......... you would have laughed!!

Connie said...

Hit the wrong button above. (my name isn't anonymous) yet.
Can't wait for your next session.

julia said...

Seriously, the relaxation cd went through pretty much all body parts saying, "isten to.." or "observe" "the intelligence of" whichever "bit" being able to sink into relaxation. i was never so un-relaxed in my life!
Sillyak, BWAHAHAHHH!!
i personally hope my body parts don't MAKE sounds during class--it's so embarrassing...

julia said...

....uh, "Listen to"...

and yes, Connie, sometimes it's good to not know anyone in a class, right? ;-)

julia said...

oh, and Bookbabie, i had never gotten as relaxed as i do with the physical therapist leading the meditation...he is so good, i just want to bottle him and tuck it into my pocket! i'm hoping to get good enough at it to do it myself...We did some cool yoga poses too, i felt very proud i could do them.