Who would have thought that waking up with a stiff neck and bad back would be so terrifying?
Last Sunday morning, it was like any other Sunday morning where my alarm went off at 8:30am. I tried to lift my head to reach for my handphone but excruciating pains shot through my neck and shoulder. It was so bad that I could barley lift myself off the bed and allowed my mind to wander and thought of the worst.
I started to get worried as this was not the first time it has happened and shouted for Alexis. The pain persisted the whole day and didn’t get better even after applying heat pack, popping muscle relaxers and pain killers and more rest. By noon, I had to be wheeled around the house as every footstep to the ground aggravated the pain. Thankfully Alexis and Sophie were beside me the whole time and tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I was terribly bummed that I had to miss my grandma’s birthday celebration that evening and settled for an early night as the doctor ordered me to rest, rest, rest.
Thankfully, the pain subsided the next day afternoon after I went to see a sinseh for tui na. It’s usually not something that I’ll consider since I feared having my neck twisted. But I didn’t look forward to popping more pain killers into my body, and opted for TCM. I’m back to work today looking a wee bit odd as I can’t turn my neck fully but I’m sure it’ll get better soon.
Through this incident, I’m thankful for
- friends who have shown concern by praying, leaving me well wishes and even sharing contacts of chiropractors and TCM sinsehs that I could go to
- the comforting presence of my grandma and aunties who came to visit me yesterday
- Alexis who took the day off on Monday to take me to see the sinseh and running around to get me the heat back, rubbing my neck and taking good care of me
The doctors said that it was no more than a case of tense muscles, so it’s nothing to worry about. It sure was no fun feeling so helpless and I’m once again reminded to be a good steward of this body and take good care of it.
Thanks for all your concern and remember not to take your body and health for granted.
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