A Friend in Need

Anyone with chronic health problems–or acute ones–can be tortured by meaningless almost random advice. I think Santa Fe might be worse than some places because of its often fringe-y approach to alternative healing. I love bodywork as much as anyone, but I’m no fan of extreme diets or odd remedies. A low point was when a close friend was dying of a rare disease when someone else decided this was due to…diet root beer. Forget that millions of people drink diet soda and do not get this unusual syndrome.
For people with chronic pain, suggestions to try yoga or walking or not eating tomatoes really are not welcome. At least I don’t find this kind of remark remotely helpful. First off, I probably have not told you the whole long winded story of my 45 year old problem. Or asked for your advice.
However, that said, there is input I do welcome–that of a true friend. I one particular friend who never gives up on my problems, no matter how boring or intractable they may seem, even to me. A few times a year I get an article from her about one of my problem areas, with some mild suggestions. She’s just there to listen, advise, laugh, and hang out. She doesn’t seem attached to solutions, just committed to keeping me company.
And that is all anyone needs.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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