TV, the Internet, and Me

Prior to chronic illness hijacking my life I didn’t have much time for television.  I rarely got into a series because if I missed a week, I would be behind.  Sure I could have recorded an episode on my VHS, but it just seemed to much of a bother.  Yes, I know I just dated myself, but it proves my point of how technology has made living in pain a little less painful.  In the days before Netflix, Hulu and streaming I used my spare time to indulge in sitcoms and movies.

As my chronic pain shifted from moderate to severe, I found myself with a lot of lonely hours to fill.  I would bore myself to tears flipping through channels in the middle of the night, hoping to find something to help take my mind off of my pain.  I was thrilled when we got our first DVR.  I filled it up with sitcoms, reality shows and movies.  The problem was as my sleepless nights increased, my DVR storage did not.  I also found myself wanting to escape with series more than movies.

Movies would only fill a two hour void.  A series would guarantee entertainment at least once a week.  But it still wasn’t enough.  This is why I love soap operas.  They are always there for me.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I discovered Hulu and Netflix.  Not only could I keep up with a series, but I could start from the beginning of ones that were already being aired.  This was fabulous for someone who keeps odd hours.

Soon I was able to let series like Desperate Housewives, Weeds, 24, and so many more provide my mind with an escape from my pain.  Not that TV can decrease pain, but it does keep me from obsessing about it.  The best part was no longer being held hostage to what was on TV.  I was and am able to watch shows from decades ago.

We are a Zero TV household.  We have a TV, but what we watch is streamed thru the internet.  We do not have cable, nor do we have an antennae that would provide us with network television.  Basically if a show can’t be streamed thru our TV, phones, tablets, or laptops we don’t watch it.  I still watch my soaps.  I stream Y&R thru and I watch General Hospital on either or Hulu, depends on who posts the current episode on-line first.  My only complaint about how I view television shows is that I have to wait to Tuesday morning to watch Monday night’s dances on Dancing with the Stars.  I am patiently waiting for ABC to step up and stream it live on Monday nights.

The internet has provided me with access to so many fabulous shows, many of which I would have never discovered with cable alone.  I no longer have to worry about falling behind.  Whatever I want to watch is just a click away.

That’s it for now,it’s time to catch up on Nashville!

Gentle Hugs,

The Disabled Diva

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

2 thoughts on “TV, the Internet, and Me

  1. I completely understand about tv. I also have a lot of pain, and watching tv shows helps me to not think about it. Especially when I have a very bad head ache, the only way to not think about it is to watch tv

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