May 2020 Link Party With “A Chronic Voice”

May 2020 Link Party with "A Chronic Voice"Pin
May 2020 Link Party With "A Chronic Voice"

It’s time for May’s Link Party with Sheryl at “A Chronic Voice”. Every month, Sheryl gives us 5 prompts to write about. She collects everyone’s answers for others to read. I enjoy reading what other people are doing, and thinking each month.

This month’s prompts are: Foreseeing, Panicking, Upbringing, Accessing, and Soothing.


When January 2020 started I was looking forward to meeting my first grandbaby in August. My youngest son had a tumor on his kidney that needed surgery, which was causing me anxiety. Everything else was a big unknown. I never know with my health what the future really holds from day to day anyway.

No one imagined that we would be in the midst of a pandemic that appears to be sticking with us. I never thought I would fall and fracture my right upper arm at the shoulder. I never dreamed that my son and daughter-in-law would lose their baby. It’s probably for the best that I didn’t know these things were coming at me and my family like a freight train.

FYI: The surgeon was able to completely remove the kidney cancer and my son is doing well. (:


I experienced extreme anxiety from January 22nd when I broke myself until the end of April. Sleep was difficult to get due to anxiety and shoulder pain. Then my fibromyalgia flared up. Irritability happened. I guess it was a good thing that I lived by myself. No chance of taking it out on others. LOL!


Interestingly, this prompt fits my situation this month. I’ve been examining my beliefs from childhood. My dad firmly believes that girls need to get married, because they need someone to take care of them. He also firmly believes that “You have to look out for yourself, because no one else will.”

These beliefs caused a great deal of confusion and grief in my life. It’s only recently that I became aware of them. I don’t blame my dad. He learned these things from his parents and grandparents. But “Gee whiz!” what a mess they caused in my adult life.

So I’m bringing myself up right now. I’ve declared that I am capable of taking care of me, and that I do not need a man to do that job. I’m also declaring that I don’t have to look out for myself all alone, because my Heavenly Father has my back.

Yet I am always with You;

    You hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,

    and afterward You will take me into glory.

Psalm 73:23-24


There were many frustrations with the lockdown and stay at home orders. However, the most frustrating one for me was when I was not allowed to go to Physical Therapy (PT), because I got a cold during the pandemic. I cancelled my therapy for a week ,and then my outpatient PT provider decided that I had to be symptom free for 14 days before I could return.

I kept doing my exercises, but without having a therapist stretch my shoulder for me, it became stiffer and stiffer and much more painful. I ended up missing out on 6 weeks of therapy which set back my recovery.

The second most frustrating thing was not being able to see people. I had already been unable to drive since my accident in January. By the time the pandemic lockdown occurred I was going stir crazy and was very lonely. Thankfully, my friends and I have figured out how to use Zoom! This has been a real sanity saver for me.

I’ve also spent a lot of time talking to God.


Thank God for music! Listening to music has been a sanity saver for me throughout this season. I’ve shared in a previous post, five of my favorite music videos. Music has a way to calm me that few other things do, except for getting out into nature.

When I’ve been able to, I’ve also walked in my local park. If I miss a day, I get antsy. It’s also soothing to listen to the birds chirping outside my window. Below is a photo that I snapped in my neighborhood.

My final two soothing helps, are reading the Bible, and coloring in my mandala coloring book. What have you found to soothe yourself with during this season?

Wrap Up Of May’s Link Party

Thank you, so much, Sheryl for hosting these each month! You can read the other participants posts here. Scroll to the bottom to see them.

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By Kathryn

I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 32. I'm also a domestic abuse survivor.


  1. I’m so sorry about your grandchild, your poor son and daughter in law… that’s painfully sad and so cruel. And yet at the same time, it’s wonderful news about your son’s surgery and that he’s doing okay – I hope his recovery can continue slowly but surely.

    Your point on upbringing is empowering. I imagine there are quite a few of us going through life with the thoughts and beliefs of our parents indelibly imprinted on the way we live. Their thoughts, their ways of life, don’t need to be ours, and yet that’s the way they become when you’re brought up like that and carry it through your life. It takes something to take a step back, see that those things don’t have to be our beliefs, and to have confidence instead in how we ourselves think and feel. I’m with you on this one – I can take care of myself and I don’t need a man and marriage to hold me up through life.

    Keep finding those joys to soothe your soul, Kathy.

    Fantastic use of the prompts – wishing your son all the very best and again, my heartfelt condolences for your son & granddaughter, and to you too.
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you, Caz for coming by and leaving your thoughtful comment. Especially, “Keep finding those joys to soothe your soul.”

  2. Hello again Kathy, I am sorry to hear you haven’t been able to attend physical therapy and it is having an impact on your pain and stiffness as a result. I must admit, that one of the worries of living with a chronic illness through this pandemic is not being able to access regular medical appointments, I just received cancellation of one through the post. I worry that the symptoms will worsen as a result, and so too will my condition. But, I hope you are still finding music is helping you. I also am enjoying listening to my music. And also watching films and binge-watching some great TV shows, it is helping somewhat to distract from debilitating symptoms and the constant boredom of being stuck in the house! Take care. Hopefully, it won’t be for too much longer! Rhiann x

    1. Hi, Rhiann! thanks for stopping by. I did get back to physical therapy finally. My arm is improving in range of motion.

  3. What a year! I am so sorry for all that you and your family have endured but warmed knowing of your faith. God is with us always. Bless you!

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