Saturday, August 09, 2008
On the Mend...
I feel like I am slowly returning to the land of summer and fun and sun and happy children. I have been in a fog of pain and immobility - back pain is no fun, let me tell ya. It has now been 17 days since I shoveled heavy dirt at a weird angle down the hill and felt that back twinge. At least the first 10 days of that were just painful. The last 7 days is where it got crazy.
I, for some silly reason, thought to attempt to visit a regular chiropractor since there were actually 6 to choose from in our entire greater metropolitan area covered by our insurance. Ahem. After 2 visits and me looking at this person babbling on in very odd ways and then being sent away (again) because I was in pain (uh, I thought that is why I was visiting??) and basically told to go to the ER and get and get prescribed some drugs first (?huh?) and come back when they sent me for physical therapy, I walked out that door (well, limped slowly clutching at the wall) and visited an acupuncturist/massage therapist that very hour.
Now, I will say that I have had a few awesome chiropractors over the years, but after my experience this week I wasn't about to play insurance roulette again, and I am very glad I didn't. One acupuncture visit and 2 acupressure (including a partial maya massage) appointments later I am walking. I have been following recommendations and taking chinese herbs and arnica, drinking kombucha and am getting much better. I can walk. I can sit for a little while. I can dress myself again. I can breathe. I got out of bed all by myself this morning. Yay! Slowly but surely doing better. Life is good.
OK. Enough rambling on about myself. Geez. :) The boys have been really great through all this and were so helpful this last week - but I have been feeling bad that they had so much inside time when it is SUMMER! So, since I was moving better today we took the boys to a local park. They splashed in some water a bit, walked around the pond, identified wildflowers, and played on a nice shady playground.
We all needed some sun and fresh air. They were so happy - what a nice time.
Thanks, little guys.