You want to know a cool human trick? In the middle of the night, I managed to slice my fingernail down to the cuticle. Fingers have a lot of nerves; I was in something like sixth-level pain on that smiley hospital chart. I didn’t know if I could get back to sleep. I didn’t know if James could get back to sleep. But “Dearie,” I said to my body. “Dearie, imagine that instead of the pain signal going to your brain, it’s actually dripping out of the tip of your finger.” And by gum, it worked. It worked by like, 80 percent. That knocked the pain scale practically down to a two.
“But,” my body said, “I don’t want to make a drippy pain mess on the floor.” And I said, “How tidy I am! I shall imagine a bucket. And the bucker will catch all the pain. And in the morning, I will see how full the bucket is and I’ll say, ‘Behold. I caught all this with my brain.'”
And then I fell asleep. Despite my childhood dreams, I am not a Jedi. You probably have this power, too.
(Originally posted November 15, 2013)