(27) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Ibuprofen

See, I TOLD you the grass was tall!

We’ve got almost four acres here at the Doublewide Ranch, and most of it is grass.  The cows that used to live here kept the grass nicely mowed, but once the cows were gone, it was up to us.  At first, we faithfully mowed all of the yard and pasture, but it didn’t take long for us to decide that, “Hey! You know, all we REALLY need are some nice paths cut through the pasture and, really, wouldn’t it be nice to let the wildflowers grow??”

Yeah, losing over half of every weekend to mowing got old quick.

And it’s not just the time it takes.  It’s the heat and the bugs and the fact that both Blue Ridge Blue Collar Man and I have old injuries of various body parts that make mowing a painful process.  Many of my injuries likely stem from the days when I had to lift my mama, who had ALS and was in a wheelchair.   We had a Hoyer lift for home and a little slider thing for transferring her from car to wheelchair and back, but there were inevitably times when I just HAD to lift her.

Even though we cut back (no pun intended) on what we mow, we still end up having to mow a very large area.  Blue Ridge Blue Collar Man takes the rider, and I use our push mower.  (Benjamin is limited in what he can do because of his back fracture, but he does like to weed whack).   And I’ve got to tell you, when the weather gets so hot and muggy, I dread mowing like I dread a root canal.  It’s not the work I mind—it’s the pain.

And all that brings me to what I am grateful for right now—tonight—after a long day of mowing.  It was particularly awful today because we actually had a bit of rain which made the grass grow up to our kneecaps.  So hoisting that push mower up hills and around trees and through ditches just about killed me.  So, today, I thank God for ibuprofen.

Some take it for granted, I guess because it is so easily available and cheap, but those are the very reasons I am so thankful for it.  And it really, really works for me.  It’s my miracle drug; it’s how I keep going, and I really don’t think I could live without it.  I am so grateful for ibuprofen.


9 Responses to “(27) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Ibuprofen”

  1. Bonnie Jacobs Says:

    I guess I should say I’m grateful for the variety of medicines that keep me alive, but I admit I didn’t like going from taking nothing — nada, zilch, zero — to taking about eight different pills after my bypass surgery three years ago. I’m down to five now, I think, which I’ll probably have to take for the rest of my life. Oh, yeah, I also take an allergy pill “as needed,” which means spring and fall — and much of this summer, as something has me sneezing if I don’t.

  2. betsyfromtennessee Says:

    Hi Beth, There’s nothing worse than pain —so if Ibuprofen works for you, that is great…. George also uses Ibuprofen regularly —for his back pain. I personally use Tylenol –since it works better for me… BUT—I say whatever works is a good thing!!!!!


  3. Sharon Says:

    Don’t know if you’ve picked it up or not as I don’t talk about it much on the blog, but I have acute rheumatoid disease (diagnosed when I was 28) so I am well acquainted with pain! The fact that I can hike is a miracle and one I never take for granted. But I hear you on the gratefulness for anything that alleviates pain. In addition to the stuff I take all the time, Tylenol is my go-to pain reliever.

    Are you sure you can’t make this 365 Days of Praise? LOL!!

  4. CountryDew Says:

    I am really enjoying your blog entries. Medicine is indeed a gift, if used properly (for healing and not profit). We also keep up a large yard. I used to mow it but my husband traded in the lawn mowers for a big yard tractor that I cannot handle; I have to sit too far up on the seat to reach the pedals and as a result the tractor won’t even run as it has some kind of power cut-off thingy built into the seat.

    I hope you keep up this daily writing.

  5. Plowing Through Life (Martha) Says:

    Oh, yes! Thank goodness for these miracle drugs. I learned how much important they were when I tore a ligament and the pain was horrible!

  6. Kay G. Says:

    Dear Beth,
    It is the same for me, they work like a miracle. Thank God for them.

    I love all your posts on being grateful. I find I want to think about them rather than commenting right away. Your post on kindness was so well written and meant a lot to me. Thanks again for letting me quote from your post before that you had done on kindness.

  7. Jeff Says:

    Have you thought about planting more trees to shade out the grass? Of course, they will limit your view in the summertime, but think of all the hiding places you will create for squirrels and birds and such! And then the joy of watching the critters!

    • Benjamin Says:

      A good idea, Jeff, but actually with trees, the fertility and nutrients of the trees seem to counteract the shade. We still have to mow and weed whack under our pear trees, which gets annoying when the branches sag. The only thing that works shade-wise is parking a vehicle somewhere. That is sure to kill it off.

  8. Benjamin Says:

    I need it every day.

    I am glad we knew about it!

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