People with chronic pain know it’s not always easy to go to sleep on command. You sleep when your medicine makes you tired and the rest of the time you’re pretty much SOL. Basically, this means chraintims (my abbreviation for chronic pain victims, pronounced CRANE-TIMS) are awake at night, alone, often. Obviously we have to do something to fill that time, although we mostly keep busy to distract us from the pain. Yeah we watch TV and play games on our phones, but sometimes we can’t sleep for hours. So I thought maybe, somewhere, someone might find the weird things I do at night interesting/funny in a weird way, not a haha way.
The first thing I do is watch YouTube videos. I mostly go for parodies of famous music videos because they are entertaining and funny. However, I recently discovered Philip DeFranco and he is hilarious and has amazing common sense that I feel is severely lacking in the world. It is basically pop culture and hard-hitting news all delivered in an entertaining package. Best part? He posts videos Monday through Thursday, so there is almost always a new video to watch! I highly recommend him the next time any of you can’t sleep. Or, you know, the next time you find yourself awake. Here is a link to one of his latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-1LOSYXnW4&list=UUlFSU9_bUb4Rc6OYfTt5SPw
The next activity I turn to sometimes involves YouTube as well, but not always. I
love to learn magic tricks! Just simple, easy tricks that I can quickly show my family when they wake up. So far I can make a scarf go through my neck, make a cup disappear, and do a cool card trick where I predict when you will run out of cards. It’s pretty neat. When I watch videos, I go to a channel called TAGSmagic. This channel launched into an entire business and the kid was only 14 when he started posting! He’s around 20 now and in college, but I think this kid is the bomb! (I don’t know if that is still an acceptable term for my age group, but I’m using it anyway. I don’t bend to peer pressure!) But seriously, check this dude out. He teaches you awesome magic tricks in minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR_bLDca2zQ&list=UUOi3dTPp8bk7JI1tvtrhJ9g
The last hobby I pull out came from a kit I was given by a family member before my last surgery. It is a paper flower making kit. It’s really neat because it keeps your mind, hands, and brain busy. And yes I said mind and brain. In this scenario, your brain is intellectual and your mind is emotional. Either way, they are both busy. It can be very relaxing once you get the hang of it and you can do it almost anywhere. The best part? When you’re finished you get to display the fruits of your labor for everyone to see. I am not artsy AT ALL, so if I can do it, so can you.
What do you do when you can’t sleep? Please give me some more suggestions! I’ve been watching stand up comedy on Netflix for 3 nights in a row and could use something new to do.
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