This week it was hard to write. It was hard to do most anything. I had some illness issues for several days. Nothing serious, but a drain on my creative energy. At one time or another illness or other circumstances can stop most of us from being productive for a short time. My Write Anywhere venue took me to a place where every person has more than the average obstacles keeping them from productivity in life.
Write Anywhere #53: Pain Clinic
image by Jiri Hodan
I accompanied a friend to a pain management clinic. A serene saltwater aquarium bubbled in the middle of the room to take the patients’ minds off the pain, the needles, the prescriptions and the insurance battles.
We waited for quite a while and as is the case when people are forced to wait together, they began sharing their common ground through conversation. Age, disease, or trauma might have been the culprit, but pain was the universal denominator.
A crusty old biker, proudly limping in his riding chaps, had the ‘top’ story: he had been in a motorcycle accident, shattered the majority of his bones in multiple places, including his skull. After seventeen major surgeries the doctors had pieced him back together, but he still considered himself a very broken man. Pain was eating away at what was left of his life. Listeners could taste his bitterness.
I used the waiting to think about what these people were going through, how they came to the pain clinic both hoping and dreading to hear their name called. I watched their body movements, many stiff and slow, others shifting constantly in their seats trying to find elusive relief.
But mostly I studied their faces, contemplating how one could capture such feeling in word pictures. Words like deep, dark, etched, suffer, contort, wince, hurt, weary, frustration, hopeless, hopeful. It also reminded me that behind every face is a story.
Where did you write this week?
On a lighter note, as promised last week, all those who entered the giveaways from the blog anniversary celebration got their name thrown into my writer’s hat. Here are the winners:
Winner of Giveaway #1 Writing Away by Lavinia Spalding and a pack of Moleskine notebooks is Brad.
Winner of Giveaway #2 Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty Moore and a pack of Post-It Notes is Judy Stone-Goldman.
Winner of Giveaway #3 The 101 Habits of Successful Novelists and a pack of Uniball pens is Diana Douglas.
To receive your giveaway, please send me your snail mail address at my email address:
kristin (dot) nador at live (dot) com
I will be glad to get them off in the mail to you.
Again, to all who stopped by for our Write Anywhere #52 Anniversary Celebration, thanks for your support!