Friday, August 5, 2011


I've been wanting to update things here, for those who aren't following me on Twitter or Facebook and haven't been privy to my barrage of updates about my health issues (read: whining about being in pain).

After an initial diagnosis of a pinched nerve, an x-ray revealed a years old injury to a tendon in my neck. We think this is from a head-on collision during a blizzard while we were living in Ohio. Details: crazy ass fast driver speeds past us in left lane, hits ice patch, spins around then slams into us. Max was three. We walked away from the crash and were so shaken, we just considered ourselves lucky.

Over the years I have had some really minor issues with neck pain or shoulder pain, trouble getting comfortable while driving or sitting but nothing I couldn't chalk up to the vagaries of aging or just getting stuck with an uncomfortable chair.

Turns out the vertebrae in my neck are all out of whack. The muscles on the right side are weak and the muscles on the left side are built up from compensating. My head is just slightly tilted to the left most of the time.

I am now on a first name basis with a chiropractor. I can handle the bone crunching crack of a neck adjustment without flinching even a little bit.

I am also in a lot of pain, most of the time. (The nerve is still pinched.) I'm on a constant rotation of ice packs and am taking a handful of ibuprofen every few hours. The very worst part of all of this is that I cannot sleep. Something about lying down on my bed sends searing pain down the length of my right arm. Nothing helps, I've tried every possible configuration of pillow and no pillow at all. If I do manage to fall asleep for a half an hour, the pain in my arm wakes me up.

It is unpleasant but it is not permanent or life-threatening. It is healing - just very slowly. It is discouraging and I'm trying very hard to stay positive. (My progress has been slow and I'm having an MRI on Monday to rule out a herniated disk.)

My chiropractor talked to me this morning about being in my body as opposed to be in my head and I have to admit, unless I'm running, I spent most of my time in my head. What an opportunity to practice really being in your body, she said. (Her name is Dr. Joy. I am totally serious.)

So, I'm practicing really being in my body, pain and all. I'm breathing and visualizing and praying.

I'm floundering but I am very much right here.


  1. You are in my thoughts. I do have a suggestion, though. When I broke my humerus, I could only sleep in a recliner. Have you tried that?

  2. I love this Dr. Joy of yours! I wish I had helpful advice to offer. :( Sounds like you're in good hands, and I hope you get a good nights sleep soon!!

  3. Thanks, Karen and you too, Laura. I actually did sleep a bit more last night. I have decided this is a sign that I'm getting better.

  4. Soon the light will return. xoxoxoxo me

  5. Such excellent advice! I remember hearing someone say "You can be in pain and feel despair or you can be in pain and feel hope--and whichever you choose will make all the difference in your recovery." So may you move through the pain quickly, and may you hold on to hope...