It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
This is an idiom which alludes to the proverb “it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back”, according to Wikipedia, that describes how a minor routine action causes an unpredictably large and sudden reaction, because of the cumulative effect of small actions. (Wikipedia)
It was going to sleep that finally broke me. I thought I slept wrong and it caused my neck to seize up. But I knew it wasn’t just sleep. My neck and shoulder and arm have been hurting for literally years, with headaches almost daily. I’ve done hardly anything to fix it, except hope that it goes away. Hope failed.
After 4 days of continuous pain, I finally went to see the doctor. She noticed that my left shoulder was an inch higher than my right. She referred me to specialists and prescribed muscle relaxers and told me not to play tennis for a week or two. *big sigh*
I knew something was wrong, and yet I didn’t want to take the time to go to the doctor and to seek specialty care. But denial doesn’t change what is. My positive thinking didn’t make it better. I had to slow down and since I didn’t do it on my own, my body took over for me and stopped me in my tracks. The best part of being in pain is the empathy I feel for all my BeLoveRs who carry pain with them as part of their daily lives. Pain hurts and robs us of opportunity and freedom and lowers our levels of happiness because our focus is on our body and not so much our experiences.
I was lucky to get in with a chiropractor last minute today and was a little scared. I have never been before and I am not one to go to the doctor unless I’m “dying.” He was very nice to me, and explained everything before starting his adjustments. As he started examining me, he told me that my body was in the red zone, and that my nerves were on fire. I could hardly move my neck from side to side nor up nor down. That is not something you really want to hear, and yet it did validate everything my body has been screaming at me.
He noticed that one of my legs was “longer” than the other, which justified the work he was about to do. He cracked this, and moved that and rubbed here and pulled there. It was scary and relieving and he restored about 40% more movement to my body. He said that our bodies need maintenance, just like our cars do and that mine was way over due for servicing, or something like that.
I did notice a difference after seeing him and was thankful for his work and squeezing me in at the last minute.
I need to rest and go back again in a couple of days. I think I’m looking forward to the massage portion of this treatment plan the most.
Maybe that person can turn the straw to gold! 🙂
Be well, BeLoveRs. Take care of your one little body.