A better night’s sleep last night but not a better result. Woke up with a stiff neck, pain in my upper back and shoulders; very stiff all over. Fibromyalgia is such a drag sometimes. Still, it could mean I’m a real princess …
Do you remember the children’s story of the princess and the pea by Hans Christian Andersen? If not, I’ll summarize.
The prince of the kingdom came of age and wanted to marry, however nothing but a true princess would be acceptable. So he traveled the world to seek such a one, with no luck. Every girl he found who claimed to be a princess had some flaw to him, and he never was sure she was really a princess.
He returned home disappointed. Shortly after his return, a terrible storm occurred. During the storm, there was a knock at the castle door and there stood a girl who looked like a drowned rat, though she claimed to be a princess. She needed a place to sleep for the night.
The queen was a smart cookie and decided to test her claim to be a princess. She went to a guest bedroom and had all the bedding removed from the bed. She placed a single, hard pea on the center of the frame. She then had 20 mattresses and 20 feather mattresses put on the bed. The “princess” was to sleep on top of this!
The next morning everyone asked the “princess” how she had slept. Quite poorly, it turned out. She complained that she didn’t know what was in the bed, but something had caused her to toss and turn all night, and she was black & blue all over!
The queen, who knew what was in the bed, declared her to be a true princess because only a true princess would be sensitive enough to feel something as small as a pea under all those mattresses.
The moral of this story: If you have pain in the morning after sleeping on a comfortable bed, you must be a real princess. So all of you out there with fibromyalgia, take heart. As a true princess, you must have some real benefits due. There’s got to be some compensation for dealing with the aches and pains of fibromyalgia.
My prince, I mean, my husband, treated me with extra attention and gentleness. He got my breakfast and coffee for me at Tim Horton’s (the Canadian “Dunkin’ Donuts” now making in-roads in the US). He plotted a route home on the low roads to avoid traffic. He even helped me put on my shoes.
Except for the stiffness, the morning was quite pleasant. We traveled west through Maine and into New Hampshire. We traveled across NH on the “Kancamancus Highway” through the White Mountain National Forest. Very beautiful. The road runs along the Swift River. Though low because it is not the rainy season, it still was swift. I suspect the spring snow melts gave this river its name. We watched for moose – no sightings. One of the recreation areas is called Rocky Gorge and we stopped here. This area has been made somewhat handicapped accessible with a paved walkway along the river. There is a lovely footbridge across the Swift River there, where you can see the cascades in the river and the gorge carved out by the river over the years. It was a good rest break.
Lunch today was at Burger King. That was part of my plan this weekend – all the bad food I wanted and loved so that when I start making changes in my life to lose weight, I won’t have any regrets. The bacon double cheeseburger with fries was really good.
The last hour or so of the trip home was very familiar and not nearly as interesting. Sometimes I wish you could just skip that last little bit and be home by wishing it – wait, that’s a different story – something about a girl named Dorothy and her little dog …
Got home about supper time. But with all the junk we’ve had today, we weren’t really hungry. And the prince wasn’t feeling very well – he may be coming down with a cold.
So I think the evening will be a quiet one. The prince and princess will watch a little TV, have a cold beverage and retire to the sleep chambers early. We’ll see whether tomorrow morning confirms me as a real princess yet again!