Can we find the humourous side of things? Inspired by PAlady

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Shanno
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   Posted 8/21/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
You all might find this silly but we have to have a laugh sometimes right?

I was participating in one of the posts where the idea came up to have a serious discussion with your pain/aching joints, naming them etc and it was quite profound for me because for the first time since i started having serious fusion pain (8 months) I found it quite humourous, uplifting and put me in a great state of mind to view it in such a funny way, talking to my aching SIJ's, telling them off etc and the whole thing seemed to take away some of its power over me if you will and a few people had a good laugh and might work for other as it has worked for me!

So I have been inspired to make this post.

What things do you do? do you have stupid names or abbreviations or any humourous experiences? I know they may be few and far between but some are better than none I think, and on a final note, take PAlady's advice: have a chat to your pain and see what it says! lets hear em all!

Heres the original post.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=16&m=1565248

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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah this is a very cool thread! 
 
One of my issues is word recall.  It is very common in MS.  It is also reasonably common for everyone so most of you can relate.  It is just that is happens a lot more for me.  One day I was on the phone and my husband was playing around with his jukebox.  The person on the phone wanted to know what was going on.  I tried to tell them that the jukebox was on.  I couldn't for the life of me remember what that darn thing was called.   It was going on several minutes now and no word.  I finally asked one of my boys, "what is that big thing called that is making all that music?"  Of course he just could not believe I had forgotten the name.  His face was a mix of real concern and disbelief.  I felt so bad for him that I just started laughing!  His face was so darn cute.  I tried to explain to him that this was just a minor thing with MS, don't freak!  Well now anytime I lose a word my family puts in "jukebox".  It can make from some funny statements.  IE;  Bring in the .......long pause......"jukebox" from the car.  No, the groceries!  smarty pants.
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   Posted 8/21/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Shanno,
This looks like fun! And you're right we need a little! I love Gretchen's "jukebox" because I too find myself strugging for words more and more frequently.

I have to think about my conversations with my pain and my names, but I'll tell you what's been on my mind since yesterday. My "good" (great, really, if you read my recent entries in the dentist thread) dentist said he was going to put cow bone into where my tooth was to serve I guess as some kind of bone graft. So I'm wondering if I'll start Mooing???? :-)

BTW, the technique on the other thread can be a serious therapeutic tool, but the way it turned out for Shanno is one of the therapeutic results - it helped diffuse the power of his pain with humor, and that is a great healer!

PaLady---------->practicing her Moo's smhair smilewinkgrin

Shanno
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
yep. was feeling pretty ordinary up till then!

Heres a more recent one...

Have spent the last week organising with the Thai narcotics division (still have yet to receive approval) to take narcotics into the country for my honeymoon...My doctor (who has stated that he is to be 'Doctor of Honour' at my wedding next sat) and I have been going back and forth with ideas if I dont get approval (turns out you can get morphine but no oxy at the international hospital in Bangkok with a letter from your GP) but it is all still abit uncertain - cant afford to not have any, a honeymoon with withdrawals tagging along would be pretty ordinary methinks...

I told him as far as I know there were no laws against smuggling doctors into the country but the suitcase would not be the most comfortable method of travel

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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
My humorous story is that I have earned the CEO title of the new program called.....FREQUENT FALLER program....I like to say my new profession is "PROFESSIONAL FALLER".  It makes the unexpected and untimely trips (falls) that I take...even though I hurt myself....FUNNY!  Sick huh?
In June when I had another unexpected fall, my husband blurted out "I have finally figured out WHY you fall on every occasion, vacation, special party or the likes! Its so we will never forget because these occasions are made memorable by a FALL BY PATTI.
Sad but so true....the bad thing is that I usually cause a whiplash (neck fusion) from the crash landing, when the legs give out from the Nerve Damage!
Ya gotta maintain a sense of humor or the sadness would win!
Thanks PA for the great topic!
XXOO
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Bandit07
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   Posted 8/22/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

I name the equipment I have but wish I didn't need - so my two walking sticks are George and Cyril, my sling is Doris and my disabled parking badge is Bob. It's just more light hearted to say 'where's George?',  than 'can someone pass me my stick'. I also decorate everything - if I have to have sticks and slings, they can at least reflect my personality, the same way my clothes do. So George is covered with ladybugs and Cyril is blinged up with diamante-type stones. Doris has flowers sewn all over her.

My friends and I have also developed a whole glossary of terms, from the 'Star Trek chair' (my orthopaedic office chair) and 'the mother ship' (reclining armchair) to 'tactical sleep' (nap timed to then let me get through a social event or something) and 'wired for sound' (wearing the TENS machine).

I definitely think that doing that helps to give you back some power over the pain by laughing at it. I also find that the friends who help the most are often the ones who are most irreverent about the whole situation - laughing at it but without being cruel, and not gettimg embarrassed if I make a joke of it. It makes me feel 'normal' again.

 


PAlady
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   Posted 8/22/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
MOOOOOOOOOOO.

MOOO?

MOOOMOOMOO? shakehead

Can anyone tell me what a cow laugh sounds like? tongue

I am trying to practice all my cow sounds before the dentists inserts my new companion into my mouth. I would have laughed at all your posts, but thought a cow laugh more appropriate? smhair rolleyes

Shanno - can you tell the Thai folk about the sac problem? devil I will leave you to explain that one! smilewinkgrin

Patti - The FF program CEO is fine, but sweetie, those are supposed to be STUNT falls that don't injure you! Didn't you read the mission statement? Oh, dear! shakehead

PaLady smilewinkgrin cool

tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/22/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I am cracking up @ the MOO!!!

Ohh, I can relate to the losing words. I lose words and just try to explain it so that the person will say the name of the word I am looking for (kind of like the game 'TABOO' if you have ever played it) So..my sentence went like this, "They had to take her by, uh....ya know? the car type thing..it looks like a box and has lights on top....it carries sick people" I could not, for the life of me, think of the word AMBULANCE! lol

TMI WARNING: I also have "code" words for things...like when I have to use the restroom and we are in public I will say to my husband..."I have to go to the bank...and make a DEPOSIT" instead of being gross and announcing to everyone that my dinner didn't sit well!

I try to call my meds by other names...Im paranoid about people knowing what I take :-)
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   Posted 8/22/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady-
Oh how you are killing me with the MOOOOO. I have been around a lot of cows and for the life of me can't figure out how the laugh. I know they do, a me at least, but can't figure out how.
Thanks I really needed that today!

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Shanno
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady

I am going to point to my back and say 'Jeb' which is Thai for pain (or so i have been told. It may mean I am a git or something similar

Sometimes with people who know me and know what i got i tell em when im sore (to humorise the situation a bit) that Arthur is giving me a hard spanking today lol

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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
"Jeb" is Thai for pain? Now that's an interesting language! :-)

PaLady

Shanno
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   Posted 8/23/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady

I cant tell you what a cow laughs like but I can tell you (as i live on a farm) a story about terrifying cows that is...well kinda related to having AS..

We had a situation where we had to catch some calfs to get them across a flooded creek..It wasnt to hard to catch them and stick them in a large feed bag (with their heads sticking out) to get them on the back of the truck. as my hip was painfull I couldnt drag them let alone lift them onto the truck so I had to wait while my dad went off and got the truck...

So im sitting on this calf in a bag waiting for the truck and the calf starts bellowing, bringing the whole herd (about 60) running over to see what was happening. well. mum cow runs over making the most ungodly noise imaginable (try getting a long tube and going MARRRARAARRRARRARRARRARR, that would be similar) seeing me holding the calf down and walks over slowly and starts eyeballing me about 2 inches from my face making that noise....either she was going to just keep doing that or she was going to attack. she didnt but it was terrifying all the same. I remember thinking at the time that AS was going to kill me in the form of a homicidal moo cow

Cows dont laugh. They are evil

Post Edited (Shanno) : 8/23/2009 10:27:01 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Lordy!!!...lmbo I'm not sure what some of you had for breakfast today but I want some!!!

And in all the years I helped dad with the cows I never did hear one laugh either. And you are so right Shanno....never get between a mama cow and her calf. (hmmm, that's a bit redundant. cow is a female) One day when dad and I were checking a watering trough is a pasture with several cows and a couple of calves...I heard dad yell...HIT THE FENCE! I didn't have to look or ask questions...I just flew over that fence on a dead run. The calf had moved so dad and I were positioned between her and mommy and we were the target. We both made it over just as the cow reached the cuff on our jeans...lol

Was that fermented cow food you had in your cereal bowl???

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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
ROFL!!!!!

At least I know what sound I will make when I am at my "bad" dentist's office (well, ok, I may never be there again) or at a doctor I don't like...

MARRARRARRARRARARRARA!

Is that it, Shanno? I want to get it righ! Then, I grab their pant leg! :-)

This being a cow thing coud be fun and I might not even be laughing. I'm going to learn to switch from a cow to a vampire back to a human and heaven knows what else we all dream up.

Do cows have fangs?

PaLady

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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Cows have horns!  And they have this big eyed innocence about them until they GORE you!!!  Or trample your or........??????  I don't  think you need to switch back to the vampire.  Cows are scary!!!!!!  Have you ever seen them stick their tongues right up their own nostrils?  EW!!!!!!! 
 
And if you get one upset enough they make the same noise the really bad dinosaurs in Jurassic park make!  I swear!!!!  We have those cow-a-sauruses at the place where I keep my horse.  I hear them make that dinosaur noise!  Don't you think that is cary enough?
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Gretchen,
Now I really can't stop laughing!!! I guess I haven't been around cows that much. Well, at least not a lot up close and personal as some of you have been! ;-)

But vampires can do all these neat things like jump really high (at least the guy in Moonlight could) and they can look like a human until those fangs come out! I don't think cows can do these things, but I may not know!!!! LOL

Maybe I don't want this cow bone in me, although I don't think I have much choice!

Lots to ponder.

MOOOOOOOOOO!

PaLady

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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Come on!!!!!  The cow jumped over the moon!!  How much higher do you need!  Cows are way scarier than vampires!  Besides, cows are REAL!!!!!!  I am thinking that if you are getting cow in your mouth then you are a cowpire......hummmm that might not work.  Perhaps a vampcow.  Ok now I am laughing.
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PAlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
ROFL!!!!!!!!!

Gretchen - this is just too funny!!!

PaLady

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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I have been gone way too long I'm missing all the fun!

PAlady I don't care what anyone says between Cows and Vampires I would be more scared of a Vampire Cow!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, now I'm picturing a cow with fangs trying to put its tongue up its nostrils! smhair

I think I want to be able to switch between being a vampire and a cow, and maybe other things. devil

This way nobody is going to know who's who. Or who's what! smilewinkgrin

Let's see, a bunch of cows and vampires, and cow vampires, in various doctor's waiting rooms! shocked We could be hunted like Bonnie and Clyde, but we'll be quiet as we go from town to town, protecting the rights of CPP's!! yeah

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