Photo Challenge for CRPS Awareness, Day 04

A Day In My Life Photo Challenge for 30 Days Of RSD/CRPS Awareness, June 2013

Day 04 – A picture/video of your favorite song that helps you get by

Ry Cooder

My go-to song for calming the nervous system is Ry Cooder’s version of ‘Dark is the Night’. It’s a slow acoustic blues with some gorrrrgeous slides in it (yum)! In fact, that was what I was playing before performing at the Tai Chi tournament on Sunday because I didn’t want slight nervousness to become wildly exaggerated by my faulty ANS as then I’d wobble on my legs, my hands would shake, I’d get light-headed and woozy, and I’d produce a much lower standard performance as a result.

It worked, too! From now on – blues before a performance 😀

It’s not available on You Tube to share (or at least, it’s not available in my country according to You Tube so I don’t know where it is or isn’t available), there’s some covers, but I love Ry’s version so much that they’re just not the same 🙂

Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

It’s all over so quickly though and, unless I want to keep playing it on a loop (which I did for a while on Sunday!), I love a bit of Ry Cooder on blues guitar playing ‘Ganges Delta Blues’ with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on sitar. Scrumminess for my ears and soothing for my nervous system, perfick!

blues guitar

And if I need a joyous lift? Well, as I am getting more noise sensitive as time goes on I can’t turn to my rock and metal the way I used to. Oh, and the fact that the house has walls so thin that us neighbours here can here each other cough, sneeze, laugh etc so driving them barmy with metal didn’t seem too wise anyway 😉 So how about some Florence?…


Something I’d like to find out about…

I’ve been learning Tai Chi for nearly 2 years now. At the beginning of each class we spend 15 minutes practising some Qi Gong breathing. This involves various slow movements timed with the in and out breaths.

As you probably already know, qi (or chi) refers to energy. It is a common misconception that the concept of qi is quite wafty and hippy-ish, but actually it’s pretty darn scientific. There are layers of magnetic field around the human body with various different polarities, (NASA science has given much more to the world than people are generally aware of). And the manipulation of energy within the body has also been harnessed by treatments such as acupuncture, some forms of which are now approved to the extent that even the UK’s National Health Service offers acupuncture treatments for certain conditions, which it would never do without scientific premise.

After all these months of practising Qi Gong I have begun to feel the buzzing and tingling in the palms of my hands that suggests I am becoming more aware of the sciencey-energy thing, which I find rather lovely. It is also another route to explore with regard to looking after my health.

Tai Chi punch. It’s an old piccy, I must get some new ones done!

A huge part of living with CRPS and dysautonomia is understanding the complicated and extensive effects on the inner electrical neurological systems. A key aspect of keeping my unhelpful over-the-top ‘fight or flight’ response in check is remaining calm and peaceful as much as possible. This is pretty tricky as I am trying to keep an automatic response from happening over much smaller triggers than it should.

I don’t know about the Tai Chi explanation of energy flow and the Tai Chi premises of how to tap into that, but it’s something that I want to find out about.

I am very fortunate to have an incredibly competent teacher who has been the world champion in Chinese martial arts more times than I can count on one hand, so I decided to ask her about it as there are so many books out there and not all of them are going to be good. She has a suggestion for me and just needs to grab the details. Once she is a little less buried in ‘stuff-to-do’ I shall remind her and go book shopping online. 🙂

Mind you, the actual reading will probably have to wait until after I’ve got all of the studying out of the way!

There’s so much to learn and so little brain to learn it with these days!

Any other suggestions gratefully received.

Very best wishes to you all, from me, x