1/19/2015

Art Therapy


So the past few months I have been in a flare with my auto immune disorder and have been spending my spare time in the area hospital Emergency Room.

After several trips that kept me there for about four hours with nothing to do but try to not be BORED...SCARED.....or bitchy.....

 
I put all my sharpie markers in a large Ziploc baggie and keep it with my latest art journal


                                        

So when I go and have to wait for the treatment and exams I can now draw out what is happening....



and can stay focused on remaining calm, keeping my mind off advancing symptoms...


and keeping my composure. I am also getting my feelings down on paper
and that makes me not keep it in.
 
So I keep hoping that there won't be any more 'quick runs' out the door for fast help but
if there is.........I am using my art as my therapy in the scariest of situations.
 
I hope you are using your art for less frantic events and that it is helping you find your inner peace.




 

6 comments:

kath001 said...

Such a great idea! I wish you health and peace.

Marrianna said...

Awe, CatieAn, I didn't know the auto immune thing was flaring up on you. So sorry. But so glad you found a way to keep yourself entertained and busy. I'll keep that in mind. I have a doctor appointment on Thursday but will have a friend with me. She probably won't mine me taking along a small sketch journal. Thank you for the idea.

Blessings, Marrianna

111 LaLa Lane said...

I, too, wish you health and peace. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this, but you seem to have found a way to help with the fear and frustrations. ~Hugs....Laurie

Veronica Roth said...

Oh my gosh CatieAn, I've just gone thru radiation therapy for a ridiculous bunch of wonky cells and kept an art therapy journal all the way thru the 37 treatments. Mine is a bit on the unusual side, but so very comforting when one is sitting in uncomfortable waiting rooms among ill people trying desperately not to be there. So very good for you. Big hugs. x

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Scrolling through your blog via the Grow Your Blog Blog party. This post tugged at my heartstrings. While having something to do to pass time helps I like that you recognize releasing everything and getting on paper is even more important. Your journal is a treasure.

Jeanne said...

I am one of your newest members from GYB, also a nurse. I am so sorry to hear that you have an autoimmune disorder and know that must present so many challenges. Love that you are using this time for your art journaling. I also have some health issues, and try very hard to use the time that this "gives me" for creativity. I am also an avid journaler, and think that this is something that often gives me perspective where nothing else does. Hope through this you are maintaining your own inner peace and joy. Hope to see you again soon!