Friday, June 6, 2008
I am tired of laying down. And not so happy that I had to cancel my trip to California for my cousin's wedding. But my back is a mess, and I am pretty much confined to bed, with the occasional trip to the couch. Yesterday was the worst, Jon had to help lift me to stand, and I had trouble walking. My acupuncturist recommended a chiropractor. So I went to see one. Now I don't know about all of you, but I was terrified. I have never understood why people don't like the dentist, but I think now, I may get it. When I walked into that office I had trouble breathing, I was so freaked out. All I could think was, one good twist of the neck and BAM! Paralyzed for life. Maybe bedridden isn't so bad. I can still knit, so things could be worse. But I knew I had to do something. So after a series of mobility tests and x-rays and what not, he did an adjustment on me. He was not a hand adjusting type of chiropractor. He had some new technology where a machine did it. There was a piece that looked like a pitchfork with balls on the end that ran down my spine and vibrated bones back into position. It actually felt kind of good. Then I was hooked up to a machine that sends electric pulses to my muscles to retrain them on where they should be not where they have been the last so many years. When we left, I could stand on my own. I actually felt much better. And I could breathe, which certainly helps. So I go back today, and Monday, and hopefully don't also have to cancel my trip to Colorado next week. I am still taking Percocet and Valarian Root, just not as often, and probably won't after today's treatment. But getting back into a daily routine will be tough. I took a shower this morning and was exhausted, needed to lie back down. Thanks goodness for Jon. He has cooked for me, did a little cleaning, and 3 loads of laundry. And cracked plenty of jokes about his 80 year old bride.