7 Habits of Highly Annoying Reactions to Pain (to Lanette)
1. Statements that mean nothing. "Everything happens for a reason." "Well, it is what it is." "There's a lesson to be learned by this."
2. Making no effort to listen at all. This entails saying things like, "Huh?" when waiting an extra few seconds would mean you'd understand, but it's easier for you to have the other person repeat it. Or asking something like, "So, how's that migraine?" ROFL.
3. Reply to any and every complaint anyone else makes with, "Well, you look good though." If you really don't want to know, don't ask. Just assume me gritting my teeth and walking like I have a stick up my butt is a sign that NO, things aren't better, and change the subject.
4. Touch me when obviously it makes me uncomfortable. Get right in my personal space and then wonder what my "problem" is. My problem is, I don't want to be touched. If I want to touch you, you'll notice. Generally I'll be glad to give you a hug. Often times it HURTS when you suddenly get in my space. Yes, I may look small and unimposing but DO NOT pick me up. I might scream at you and if you drop me I will not be ok with it. I'm already working hard not to scream, "OMG OUCH!" or run screaming from the building. It isn't personal. I'm just tense because my leg is ON FIRE.
5. Telling me to "smile" or asking "Why are you in such a bad mood?" Let me tase you and ask you that. Better yet, a backhanded compliment, "You are such a pretty girl to be so uptight. Just relax."
6. Tell me a long drawn out story about a person you know who ABUSED painkillers illegally and got addicted to them and ruined their life. Then tell me that's where I'm going. Tell me that the pain itself is caused by my medication.
7. Have you heard about the new cow dung natural remedy that you put under your pillow at night? Then you meditate and it worked for my aunt's brother's cousin and now she does yoga every 20 minutes and it's LIFE CHANGING I tell you LIFE CHANGING!