I had an operation yesterday to fix my bone. The nurse is giving me acetaminophen pills like the ones my mom gave me, but the nurse is also giving me a stronger pain medicine through this pain pump so I don’t have to get needles every day as I get better. They tell me that being relaxed and comfortable will help me heal faster, which means I can get back on my board sooner. I was a little worried about taking strong pain medicine, you know, with all the bad stuff they teach us in school about drugs and everything, but the nurse let me know that when someone is in a lot of pain getting hooked on pain medicines isn’t an issue. Hi, Derek. Now that your pain is better, it’s time to take you off the stronger medicine. You won’t need to use the morphine to control your pain anymore; you can continue to take the pain pills you have been taking. No problem. Even though I’m on pain meds, I’m learning some other strategies so I can handle it better when it hurts, like when I move around. The techniques work for other types of pain, too. Like when you have procedures done that can feel kind of uncomfortable. Here, go through one technique with me now. I’m going to do the breathing and blowing one. I can’t talk out loud when I do this, so… … I’ll have to let you read my mind. Now, close your eyes. Get yourself comfortable. Then blow air very slowly out of your mouth as if you are blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble you have ever blown. When you don’t have any breath left, just close your mouth and let the air come back into your lungs very slowly, through your nose. Count to five before you blow that bubble again. Nice and slow, you don’t want to pop it. See if you can count to ten as you blow it out. I like to imagine that I’m blowing out all my pain into the big bubble. I’m all done Derek. Good job. So, what do you think? It really helps me relax. I practice this every once in a while because it’s really helpful and I don’t want to forget it.