What a difference a few days makes! It’s May 9 as I write these words, and two days ago I was practically dancing on the ceiling because of four great things that I realized have happened to me.
Thing number one: I can sit down.
In case you missed this post, I have piriformis syndrome. No, it’s not an autoimmune or terminal disease. It simply means I pulled the piriformis muscle in my left hip and butt cheek, and I’m hurting.
Come to find out, I’ve been suffering for it for perhaps as long as twenty years, gradually making it worse because I never did anything to help heal the muscle.
Long story (that I’ll detail someday) short: I began the exercise in this video, and after nearly a week of having to stand up most of the time – sometimes that was even more comfortable than lying down – I can now sit for long periods.
But that’s not the most exciting part. The most exciting part is that, contrary to what I’d started to believe, the constant ache in my lower back is not going to afflict me for the rest of my life. In fact, thanks to Mr. McKenzie (see link above) and my new best friends, it is already disappearing!
Thing number two: the Kratky method of hydroponics.
Once upon a time, a researcher who was into hydroponics asked himself, “Do we really need to run a pump in order to grow food hydroponically? Could there be a way to do that without having to use electricity, and still maintain the same level of low work?”
The researcher was Bernard Kratky, and he discovered that the answer was “YES!”
If you check out this post, this post, and this post, you will have a decent idea about the frustrations I’ve been experiencing with having to water a large garden (not to mention orchard) by hand. Finding a solution to the irrigation dilemma (which wasn’t helping my piriformis, by the way – dragging gallon jugs of water around) has been utmost in my mind.
Since I recently talked about my discovery of the Kratky method, I won’t go into any more detail except to reiterate that I found my solution. But I do want to say that I’M EXCITED! I spent some money on Amazon for supplies to get set up, but once it’s done, it’s done, and the system will quickly pay itself back.
I am also going to end up with a lot more freezer space, because I will now have a never-ending supply of greens.
Thing number three: A cure for Irlen Syndrome?
About six weeks ago, I began taking extra magnesium (50-100% more than my regular dose) during my P.M.S. time. Not only have all the nasty perimenopause P.M.S. symptoms been whittled down to almost not noticeable, but also my eyes are working better.
I have perceptual processing disorder, or Irlen Syndrome (don’t I sound sick? This syndrome, and that disorder…), which for me means that I get tired easily when reading, and can only do so much for so long on the computer before my eyes get super-dry and develop an ache.
Well, that’s what it used to mean.
This is another post topic in and of itself. Also, it’s too early to really tell if this isn’t just some kind of fluke, Thus, I’m not going to go into great detail. Suffice to say that the past couple of days, I’ve been able to read more before getting tired, and have been spending quite a bit of time watching videos and reading articles related to the Kratky method, and to piriformis syndrome and lower back pain…without any detrimental effects.
The only thing I could figure that might have caused the change was getting more magnesium. I did an online search. While I could find nothing related to PPD or Irlen Syndrome and magnesium, I did find several articles that affirmed that supplementing with magnesium can and does help with a variety of other eye problems.
I am cautiously excited on that one.
Thing number four: I’m done with my novel.
No, you don’t understand. I mean, I am DONE with my novel. As in, have lost all interest in it.
This does NOT mean I won’t be publishing it. What it means is that I’m done knocking my brains out over it. I’m done stressing over doing the launch promotion to try to get up in the top 100 of its categories.
So I am neither going to do an official launch, nor am I going to proofread it three times like I typically need to for a book in order to clear out most of the errors. I am going to finish the first proofreading and then get it published.
After that, I’m done with novels in general. Novel writing has always been like pulling teeth for me. You ask, “Why did you do it, then?”
To make money.
Yep. Me, the person who tells you to do what you love, and the money will follow (okay, so I may be borrowing the phrase), has involved herself in a particular activity for the sole purpose of making money.
More truth be told: novel-writing is hard for me, and I could never come up with the clever plot lines that so many other authors do. I also can’t stand it when a project takes longer than two weeks to complete. I’m a blog post and short story and 100-page nonfiction book kind of writer.
The fact is, once I gave myself permission to let the book go, I experienced a new level of freedom. I’ll get some negative reviews saying that my book needs to be edited, but I don’t care.
Here’s more: I am no longer going to work at marketing any of my other books. Not as aggressively as I was thinking about a few weeks ago, anyway.
In other words, I want to start acting like I’m a financially independent woman with five acres and a family to enjoy!
For the time being, this blog remains. And I plan to keep posting to it several times a week. It’s fun, and once in a while I help somebody with one of my posts. I’ll write a short story when an idea pops into my head.
However, I’m not sure I’ll ever write a novel again. I’m just not patient enough. And my passion is to help people live simple yet fulfilling lives, not to write a mediocre romance or throwaway thriller.
It could be that this newfound freedom of not trying to make money has me more excited than anything else on the list!