Things I’m Thankful For! Day 24

Happy Sunday everyone!

It is the week of Thanksgiving in the United States and also the week that Chanukah starts.  Several important holidays coming up!  You know what that means, it is almost baking season!  So, this year I will be doing a special little thing for everyone that loves to bake.  This year I will be doing 25 Days of Biscuits…Cookies, whatever you want to call them.  I hope you all enjoy that.  This post is not just about that little event.  So, on with what this post is really about.

Today I am thankful for the printing press.  Why such an old invention?  Think about it.  If we had not had the printing press we would probably not be where we are in the world today.  Education would be hard to come by.  I do not know about you all, but I would rather go to a doctor than some guy in the city that will just look at me when I have a headache and tell me to chew on some aspen bark.  Well, I do drink aspen bark tea for my headaches, but the point is that it is better to go to someone that knows what is causing the headache rather than someone that is just guessing.  It is Example time! 

When I started off at Cottey College I kept getting these really bad headaches that would last for a few minutes and then go away only to come back a few hours later.  This would go on for a week or two and then go away.  It had happened a few times in high school, but it got really bad in college.  After going to the doctor they told me that it was cluster headaches.  What is that?  Well, they are classified as Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias.  Now I have never had a migraine, but from what the doctor told me, the pain from cluster headaches can at times be right at the threshold of what a human can endure.  Also, they think they are hereditary and can skip generations. 

While there is no known cure for cluster headaches at the present time, there are a few things that one can do to reduce the pain while the attacks happen.  One such thing is oxygen treatments like some people with respiratory issues take.  I have not had that many of these since they did not seem to work for me.  Orange baby aspirin seems to work better than anything.  I have tried the other flavours and for some reason they do not work as well and regular strength aspirin makes me sick… strange.

What does that have to do with the printing press?  Well, in a round about way this has a lot to do with the printing press.  Before the printing press I would basically be up the creek without a paddle in this situation.  Nobody would know what I had or they would think I was possessed by something.  Also, I would not be able to share this with you all since I would probably not be able to go to college, let alone read.  I would forever be a farm girl doing various tasks around the family house until I got married and then did the same thing at someone else’s house.

So, yes, I am thankful for the printing press because without I would not be where I am today and the world would probably be in a lot worse off.

Until next time!

Stay lovely and beautiful everyone!

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