Spike – A Novel (In Progress)

If you missed Chapter 1 you can read it here: Spike – Chapter 1

 

Chapter 2

“Where the hell is Elizabeth?” Howard Johnson was a very uptight, outspoken man in his late fifties. His silvery hair was as cold as his smile, when he had one, that is. He demanded an answer to his question immediately.

“I don’t know, Howard. Elizabeth will be home soon. She told me she was going for a walk. That was about an hour ago,” answered his wife Jennifer.

Jen was a beautiful woman with flowing blond hair and bright, green eyes. She was much younger than Howard, only 43 compared to his 57. Her fair skin and extraordinary smile seemed to make her look several years younger than she really was.

“She’ll be back soon, I’m sure. Don’t worry, Howard.” Jen tried to calm her grumpy husband down. She knew Howard’s temper and how he had to be in complete control of everyone and every situation.

“I want her home NOW!” He yelled explosively. “She will never leave this house again after dark. EVER!”

“Howard, please calm down. Elizabeth is growing up. She’s not a child anymore. She’s nearly an adult. Goodness, she’ll be 18 in 2 months. She has an awful lot to think about tonight. After all, Jeff proposed to her. You always taught your children not to take things lightly, to think things through before making decisions. That’s what she’s doing.” Jen paused to see only that her husband’s head was about to explode.

“She’ll be home by 11:00. That’s Spike’s snack time. You know how she adores that cat.” Jen tried to assure Howard the best she could without making him any angrier than he already was. Needless to say, it didn’t work.

“She will not marry that boy! He’s a nobody. How can he make my daughter happy?” He paused and seemed to fight back a tear.  “Even if he came from a good family I wouldn’t have it. She’s too young to get married.” He calmed down a little. “She’s probably down by that damn lake again. I’ll have to put a stop to that.”

That would be put to a stop, but not of Howard’s doing.

©BeingAuntDebbie

To be Continued…..

Penny For Your Thoughts?

What are you thinking about the most today? Are you having a rough day or are things going splendidly? I hope the latter, but whatever your thoughts please feel free to share. Perhaps someone could lend some support to help you through a tough time. If you’re having an exciting day, we’d love to hear about it! Whatever is going on with YOU today, always know there are others who share your feelings. There are others who can relate, no matter the situation. So, come on now! Share, share, share below in the comments. Peace be with you, my friends!

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Suffering With Chronic Pain

Most people don’t understand chronic pain and how it affects a person’s life. They will never understand until it happens to them. I don’t wish that on anyone! Most chronic pain sufferers have at least one well-meaning friend who is always trying to find a cure for their ailment or pain. The effort is much appreciated but it’s all in vain. Most of us with chronic pain have tried just about everything…because…do you think we WANT to live with debilitating pain? Of course we don’t! We have tried almost everything we can to make our lives more bearable, to no avail.

I have Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Bone Disease, specifically in my knees. I am in Stage 4, which results in the loss of cartilage in the joint. There is NO CURE, only treatments to manage the symptoms. The bone-on-bone friction associated with this can cause severe symptoms, such as:

  1. Swelling/Inflammation – Synovial fluid can increase, which normally helps reduce friction with movement but large amounts can cause swelling in the joint. Fragments of broken cartilage can cause increased swelling and pain.
  2. Severe Pain – Pain during movement, and during rest and sleep. By the end of the day, after use of the joints, more swelling occurs and pain is increased.
  3. Decreased Range of Motion – Movements are slow, with stiffness and pain making it hard to enjoy daily activities.
  4. Joint Instability – The joints become less stable; knees can “lock up” or just plain give out, which can result in a fall or injury.
  5. Weakened Muscles – As joints continue to wear down the muscles become weaker, bone spurs can develop and bone deformity can occur. (My legs are bowed, more so the left.) With weakened muscles also comes an increased risk of falls.

Some of the words I have used to describe my pain are sharp, gnawing, throbbing, stabbing, burning, excruciating, grinding, locking, stiffness, dull, tightening, and debilitating. Sounds fun, ‘eh?

This disease causes severe pain but also affects your life in other ways:

  1. Sleep Disturbances – Interferes with restorative sleep. It’s difficult to find a comfortable position, and it’s painful to even move.
  2. Weight Gain – With chronic pain, you tend to move less so it’s easier to put on extra weight. Pain makes it difficult to exercise or just have an active life.
  3. Anxiety and Depression – With chronic pain you tend to have difficulties performing normal everyday tasks like cleaning and laundry, showering, dressing, grocery shopping, walking, reaching, cooking, stairs, standing in lines, and much more. These are things we take for granted when we’re physically able; we don’t even think twice when doing them. When those simple little tasks become a struggle, it has a negative effect on our mental health. Enter depression and anxiety. It’s all so exhausting!

So, I guess I’m just trying to help others understand the struggle of living with a debilitating disease and chronic pain. Everyone’s struggle might be different but we are all the same. We are suffering, even if we don’t show it on the outside. We try to hide it from others. We try to be “normal” like everyone else. Some days we try. Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we fail.

Some days, we just CAN’T. 

Friday’s Funnies – My Faves This Week

Well, here we are Friday again. I was preoccupied today so I didn’t get to Friday’s Funnies as quickly as I had liked. The week was hectic as well. I had a couple appointments and my birthday was Thursday, so it’s been a busy week! So, I’m sorry I’m so late and there aren’t as many funnies as normal.

Here ya go!

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I’ve never had a dog as smart as some of these fellas!

 

Yes, unfortunately. Me.

 

Horses get hot, too!

 

This woman is nuts!

 

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That last one cracked me up! I hope you enjoyed this week’s Friday’s Funnies…as late as they were! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Stay cool and hydrated!

Aunt Debbie