Pain – or Life – Management is an ongoing effort, a framework that often results in a daily management plan. It may seem a burden, but you get used to it. You know what you want to achieve so you work out what you may be able to do in a particular day or number days, work in rests, distractions, possible medication, relaxations and end up with a plan. Being a writer helps as the physical work can be wrapped around the vital task of reading.
But then the plan hits reality and has to be adjusted. That’s fine: the phrase ‘no plan ever survives contact with the enemy’ comes to mind. You adjust it, add in more medication, perhaps, more breaks, even a deliberate, full lie-down/meditation. That tends to work, and you adjust the plan.
But then life really kicks in and stomps all over the new plan, all over the intentions. Life Management becomes a real struggle.