Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Birthday Reflections


Today is my birthday . . . I am forty one years young.  At least that's what I try telling myself (as though reciting some positive affirmation I'm trying to believe in).  Truth is I feel anything but.  The years seem to slip by and when I pluck up the courage to actually look in the mirror, I often don't recognize the woman looking back at me.
 
I don't mean to wallow but it is my party and I'll cry if I want to.  Okay, so I'm keeping the tears on hold but this past week has been a tough one.  I've had a migraine every day and my facial nerve pain has spiked which has left me feeling less than upbeat.  At least I have a craniosacral treatment this afternoon which I'm hoping will help.
 
They say that stress exacerbates pain so the citizenship test I will be taking tomorrow probably isn't helping.  I break out into a cold sweat at the mere thought of a test.  All common sense flies right out the window and words all to often fail me.  I'm hoping that tomorrow my brain gives me a break and makes an exception.

29 comments:

  1. Many many happy returns of the day, may god bless you.

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  2. First of all, have you seen some of the flag-waving peeps at those citizenship ceremonies? Come on -- if they can do it... you know.

    And I'm sorry your pain didn't take a hike on your birthday -- I do hope your treatment banishes it for a long time. xo

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  3. Happy birthday Kathryn! I hope your pain recedes soon and wish you all the best for your test tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks Gabriella, my treatment was great.

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  4. Kathryn, turning 41 sounds GOOD to me. Smiles. One can't stop the clock, but must enjoy every year. Good luck on your citizenship test. I am sure you'll do just fine.

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    1. Thanks Mary . . . you're right that clock keeps on ticking whether we want it to or not. :0)

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  5. hope all goes well with the citizenship test.....i just turned 40 in august so i am not too far behind you....smiles...happy birthday kathryn...i wish you many more...smiles.

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  6. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a year filled with creativity and joy! Best of luck on the test! Hopefully, with the stress of that behind you, the pain will retreat.

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    1. Thanks Brenda, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

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  7. Good luck with the exam and I hope you are feeling better soon. And you are not fooling yourself--41 really is quite young!!

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  8. Goodness you are so young, smiles ~ Hope you feel better & good luck on that test ~

    Happy special day to you ~

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  9. Hope all is well and I know you will do well on your test! Early Congratulations!
    PS I just turned 71....41 is a lot easier!!

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  10. Happy Birthday...and may you be blessed with good health this year.

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  11. I can remember fourth. Seems so long ago ..you will do fine and all will be great. Happy birthday

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  12. Happy Birthday Kathryn........all the very best wishes to you....

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  13. Happy Birthday... 41 IS young! You will do fine on your test...

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    1. Thanks Madge, keeping everything crossed.

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  14. Happy birthday, i will be praying for you, my wife suffers from migraines,I know how unbearable they can be. I hope it all goes well.

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  15. GOOD LUCK on the test. I just saw something in a magazine that said if you had a migraine, submerge your hands and feet in a bucket of steamy hot water and put an ice pack on the back of your neck. Something to do with the blood rushing to your extremities and the heat, opening up the veins in your brain. And the cold compress helps.

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  16. Happy belated birthday. Hope you are feeling better!

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  17. Birthdays are always a time for reflection...sometimes for the good and sometimes the not so good. Wishing you the happiest birthday either way!

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  18. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.
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  19. I missed this yesterday? Well, I don't think I was even on the computer yesterday....

    We are almost exactly 10 years apart . . . and boy those ten years slipped by fast, and I sure know what you mean about wondering who is on the other side of the mirror!! I felt really old tonight at the football game, trying to run up and down the sidelines for 3 hours....I'll turn around and do the same for the varsity game tomorrow night, only that is a guaranteed 4 hours! OY, I have to take tylenol before the games, lol!

    *P.S. - congrats again on your test :)

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  20. 1st off happy "belated" birthday. 2nd sorry about your pain. 3rd I do hope all went well with your test.

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