Started off the holiday season this year with a bit of a setback. Back in November I noticed pain in my neck, thought maybe I had slept wrong. By Thanksgiving dinner, while sitting at the dinner table chatting with a friend, I found myself in so much pain I could hardly sit upright.
Somehow I had managed to smash the disc in my C5 vertebrae and it was wreaking havoc on my nerves on the right side of my body, which was now numb and throbbing with pain at the same time.
I spent the following three weeks unable to sit, to stand or lay down…what the heck?! Had to sleep flat on my back and not move at night…which meant I really didn’t sleep. I was a mess! What made it more ridiculous to me is I hadn’t even done anything strenuous to warrant such discomfort. Ahhhh…maybe this is just another part of the wondrous world of being over 50…random setbacks when you least expect it.
Thankfully I have been able to get relief, albeit painfully slow, from a local chiropractor and acupuncturist, going for treatment three days a week for a month. Now just once a week. We are so accustomed to getting what we want now, the pace of recovery for this almost put me over the edge!
I am happy to report I feel about 90% now and with the exception of some lingering numbness in my thumb, am back to normal…normal-ish anyway.
My husband has had great fun at my expense with the home traction unit I have been using to help decompress the disc. It’s quite a site, my head rigged up to the bathroom door weighted down with water weights in hopes of lifting and separating the mess that is in my neck.
I struggled at first with this time, this forced stillness. Here I was just getting back on my path, all kinds of new things lined up and suddenly I had to put it all on hold. It was too painful to even sit and write, either with pen or computer. Once I gave in to the reality of it and relaxed, things began to get better. While I was excited about the changes I had been making, I knew that once this situation had passed, I’d be right back at it! I just needed to relax and appreciate this quiet time.
That is where I find myself today, so relieved to be functioning again. Even ventured back out to the gym this week. Going to focus on the treadmill and gentle yoga, trying to stay away from any moves or exercises that will cause any stress at all to my neck.
What’s a holiday though without a few setbacks and some home traction?! The world will always throw something at me, but I know I am definitely tougher than my circumstances.
Just so very thankful for everything; my family, our lives together and the time we spent laughing it up! Bring it on 2016!
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