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Being creative with Chronic Pain

I have to give my pain credit for increasing my creativity. There are so many daily situations where doing things the normal way just does not cut it. And I have to plan and improvise. This cartoon by Rube Goldberg is an example of the kind of thinking that many of us do on a daily basis just to navigate through the day. He has a great solution for what to do when you fall on ice.

So when confronted with a dilemma about how to get around some obstacle, I feel better if I can mentally remove myself from the frustration, go to my creative side and ask myself “What would Rube Goldberg do?”.

One of my favorite Rube Goldberg’s is that I always carry a stick of gum with me. If I drop something, let’s say a $20 bill, I can chew the gum, put it on the bottom of my shoe and then use it to pick up what I dropped.

Have you had Rube Goldberg moments? What are your favorites?

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

2 responses »

  1. I really thought that this was a creative idea and will use it with my patients. Thanks for the creative time. It is so easy to get caught in the process of doing a task that you can forget to have fun.

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Thanks for stopping by. So glad you like being creative also. Using my right brain to deal with chronic pain issues can be refreshing. If nothing else it gives me a new viewpoint and even that bit of refreshment can be worthwhile. I admire the work that your center does. Mary

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