I do not bring up my health afflictions often but I do mention them on occasion because they do affect my writing. The last two times I wrote about my perils with health are here and here. [Both links open a new window.] These problems still inhibit my daily routine at times and probably will for the rest of my life.
In March of this year, Today’s Author published a post about ailments, asking their readers how they affect writing. I did not respond at the time, not being sure if my issues had much of an impact on how I perform as a writer.
Writing is a relatively passive activity, physically. Even if you are the type who would rather stand while typing or handwriting, the body is not doing much else. This is why I did not give much thought to my health issues while reading that post. I can certainly write when I have a cold as long as I have Kleenex handy. True, my disability is a hurdle but I learned to work with that a long time ago.
Nevertheless, my digestive problems do a backslash every once in a while on my competency to write. There are days when I am laying on the sofa unmoving while I try to concentrate on whatever is on the TV, hoping my gut will behave if I give it a chance to rest. Believe it or not, this often works, although it is just a temporary fix and I have lost a day at the keyboard.
Even when the symptoms are mild, my attempts to write suffers. There is the nagging little thoughts in the back of my mind asking how much longer do I have before I am forced to stop? Can I sit here long enough to get this scene done? Is the medicine going to work this time? These blasted problems prevent me from full concentration.
The article asked if the real life problems could be helpful in writing. From where I sit I do not see how that could ever be possible. No matter what type of crisis I am facing away from my desk, it has little chance of helping my writing until it is resolved. Until that time, it is a deplorable distraction that cannot be ignored.
As of late, I have been having more good days. The flare-ups still happen and, at times, are severe but not quite as often. My thoughts are clearer without all that fog caused by aches, discomfort, and added stress. The troublesome concerns are not intruding into the foreground as often.
All of us have our crosses to bear. Sometimes they take over our lives, making the pleasant times almost non-existent. Let me tell you, I do understand a little of whatever you are going through. I appreciate you taking the time to read my dribble while you try to cope.
Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. ~ Denis Waitley
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