Well...it's true...I officially have a pain in the neck! Several of them actually -- and they have nothing to do with people, places or things!
I had been feeling a lot of pain in my neck, shoulder and arm -- but just thought it was stress...but last Friday it was confirmed that I have 7 bulging discs and one herniated disc that is pressing on my spinal column and leaking fluid into it. The neurologist scared me to death -- mentioning words like "quadraplegic and paralyzed," but fortunately he sent me directly to a neuro-surgeon and he was much more optimistic -- and at least wants to try some non-surgical treatment prior to resorting to surgery. Always love it when a surgeon isn't scalpel happy!
I have been going to physical therapy and using a cervical traction device at home...and I really have come to love that little machine. I feel so blessed to live in a day and age that we have so much more medical knowledge than previous generations have been privy to. I believe that God is healing me and I am being very compliant so as to get the most benefit from this treatment. It is painful...but I am blessed with a high pain tolerance level -- which is helpful for me to continue with this treatment plan. The neuro-surgeon says that it is really a 50-50 chance that this will decompress my spine enough for this herniated disc to slip back into place -- but then someone has to be in the 50% that it works on -- so I am believing that it will be me! *smile* Would you believe that with me? This whole working on starting my own business would be extremely difficult if I were out of work for the amount of time I would need to be to recover from the surgery. Obviously, this is not something that has caught God by surprise -- so I am utterly convinced He has a plan -- but in my limited view of the world, it would certainly seem better to me to be able to do this therapy and recover rather than go through the surgery.
I was able to make one trip to Palm Springs after my diagnosis...and that went well. Was able to take my little neck stretcher device with me -- which caused great happiness...am happy to be home and back in full time therapy...but basically none the worse for wear.
Just wanted to keep you updated...and ask for your prayers. Am hating that scrapbooking is a bit more difficult these days because of the neck brace I am wearing -- but am convinced that I will find a way to do some of it - cause it keeps my sanity. What is up with youw guys....miss you tons!