Friday, August 20, 2010

I Might Look Good But I Feel Horrible


New to Somebody Heal Me? Subscribe to the Somebody Heal Me feed:
Subscribe in a reader or subscribe by e-mail. Follow me on Twitter @somebodyhealme.

What are you supposed to say when some well meaning person says you look great even though you just said your chronic pain has you feeling as bad as ever? Usually I mumble something along the lines of, "Oh, well, thank you," and give a sheepish, shy sort of look. It's awkward. This is one of the most uncomfortable aspects of having an invisible chronic illness. I've adjusted to the pain, vomiting, fatigue and so on. Somehow this never gets easier.

I know the people who say it mean it as a compliment. They don't mean to be insensitive. I also know they hope the fact I look like I'm feeling better means I really am. No one who loves you wants you to feel horrible. But I'm not feeling better and somehow I'm okay with that. After seven years you have to find a way to be okay with it or you'd blow your brains out. Am I right?

Subscribe to the Somebody Heal Me feed: Subscribe in a reader or subscribe by e-mail. Follow me on Twitter @somebodyhealme

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Content by Diana E. Lee.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.