What Does Bottled Time Have to Do with Chronic Illness and Pain?


It has been a well-known fact for a long time that twenty-four hours in a day is not enough.  Abraham Lincoln used this as his campaign motto, winning him the presidency in 1860, along with the nickname, “Honest Abe,” because everyone could recognize the truth in that concept.  Sadly, some people thought this meant that if Lincoln were elected, he would magically extend the number of hours in the day.  (They thought he was a magician because of his hat; someone had once seen him pull a rabbit from it.)  Needless to say, they were vastly disappointed.

Over 40 years after Lincoln took his throne, Albert Einstein, who was a big Lincoln fan, tried to come up with a way toEinstein performing an experiment that makes his hair stand on end. insert more time in a day and thus quiet those few dissenters who were still bashing his hombre. Albie tried many things, frying his hair in the process, and eventually produced his theories of relativity.  While these technically don’t add any time to your life, they do enable you to see the future, assuming of course that you can travel faster than the speed of light.

What does this mean for most of us?  Well, on a day-to-day basis, it means we’re still left with not enough time.  For those of us with chronic illness and pain, our usable time is even more limited.  And how does that play into my life-quest in general and this blog specifically?  I’m glad you asked.  Like most people, I’d like to be happy.  To find happiness we’re told to nurture the mind, body, and spirit; yet, it often seems we don’t have time for a single one of these, let-alone all three. Ecclesiastes 3 talks to us about balancing time.  I sure am trying Mr. Jim CroceDog in bedSolomon, but it certainly would be nice to be able to bottle time like Mr. Croce croons about.  Hence the title, “Bottled Time.”  Doses come in a “Time to Laugh” and a “Time to Cry.”  Vintages are infused with pictures, links, and humor.  Take as needed.  Repeat as necessary.

“Tosha! You know what would make this intro page even cooler?  Some music!”
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On this site you will find a collection of my ruminations relating to the mind, body, and spirit, as I live my chronic illness adventure.  Some of the posts will be obviously related to my illness, pain, fatigue, and other symptoms, but not all of them.  My diseases are not all that I am, but they do affect every part of my life.  Posts are categorized by diagnosis: autoimmune diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and Indeterminate Colitis) and interstitial cystitis; and neurological conditions, including migraines, and epilepsy (seizures).  These can be selected from the drop-down menu at the right.  Posts are also tagged with other topics, including mental health, physical health, and spiritual health.  There is a tag cloud in the footer if you are interested in choosing posts by topic.  Many categories and topics overlap.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoy your stay.  Take as many “doses” in any category that you would like.  Stick with just one, or mix-and-match; personalized pharmaceuticals are the wave of the future.  Feel free to add your thoughts and comments, or simply “drink” and abscond into internet obscurity.  Drinking and driving – BIG no-no.  Drinking and web-browsing – sip, sip, hooray!*  Already have a comment? Head on over to the Guest Book and write to your fingers’ content. 

*While this might sounds like the Gain Fabric Detergent slogan, try not to confuse the two.  If you want to sniff your computer that’s probably ok, but if you try to drink your laundry detergent or freshly washed clothes, you’ll most likely find yourself in the ER, or looking up at the pearly gates (or down at the brim-stone gates depending on how you roll….)

Some “Facts of Life” (from my life): My husband, Michael, and I were married in 2003 at Hawks Nest State Park in West Virginia.  Time in a Bottle was our wedding song and theme.

Disclaimer
For those students who waited to the last minute to do their research, are writing reports on Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, or Jim Croce, and have stumbled upon this page in their last-minute web search:  I wouldn’t recommend using any of the information above.  I suggest you go to a much more reliable source like Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers.  (That was also a joke).  If you do happen to use any of the information from here, I’d love to read your paper…and your instructors comments!
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