Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Pain in the Neck...

usually is followed by a headache.   Man, oh, man--I have been through a week of maladjustment- literally.   I got up Tuesday morning...LAST Tuesday and after eating my oatmeal started feeling a headache climb up the back of my head and move into my neck.

Okay, this feels really different- first I usually get sinus headaches, not back of the head headaches.  Then it stated to really be painful just to hold my head up- like the weight of my head was too much. 

So I took some ibuprofen and went to lay back down...it will be better later, I told myself.   Not so.   In fact until yesterday, I was not upright for longer that 20 minutes at a time because of the pain.  I am not proud to say it, but my daughter's left over wisdom tooth removal meds helped get me through it.  I am familiar with them because of  my own other surgeries and knew how I react to them, so no mysteries or dangers here.

I think that the origin of my problem began the night before when my hubby feel asleep while hugging goodnight- he relaxed and feel asleep- the weight of his head onto mine...I  remember thinking okay that's  quite a bit or pressure on my head, but he'll wake up in just minute and he did.   No judgments here, he had been working long hours for two or three weeks- I would have fallen asleep, too.  Anyway, I think that must have moved something in my upper spine.   When I sat down in the hard kitchen chair the next morning, hello- more pressure on the lower spine and away we went.

Even with all the pain, I will not cease from hugging my husband- ok for a week I did.;)  Just will avoid the extra head weight from now on.

Yes, I knew a chiropractic adjustment was needed- but the thought of someone even touching my neck would do me in.   So I opted to rest it and hope the muscle would relax rather than go out into below zero temps and let a chiropractor even touch my neck.

Saturday and Sunday I started to see improvement and Amanda and my hubby gave me deep muscle massage on my neck and spine.    Yesterday, (Monday) was amazing- I was up most of the day- even got out my pj's.   Today is the two days in a row!!

Yes, I know a chiropractic adjustment is in my near future...please Lord let him adjust it- I don't want to go through that again!

No appetite.   I was sustained on applesauce and Sprite- the Aldi brand...  Thank you Amanda for taking such good care of me.   Sweet daughter.
I  lost about 10 pounds...I do not recommend this method of weight loss.

One thing I did get done while lying in bed, with light and sound hurting mostly too much to watch tv-- was praying...relaxed, slowed down, now think of others' needs,...praying.    First the thankfulness- what a God we have.   In the comfort of his hand, knowing that He knows all about my problem, and any other thing that is going on in my kids and family's lives and I ask him to watch over, and guard their hearts and eyes and ears, and build a hedge around...and bless them, and send angels to guard their cars as they drive.   And let them see You at work in their lives and give You glory.

And those grandkids, those precious grandkids.   For their health and safety.   So thankful for the introduction to Jesus and Love that they are receiving at their young age.

Thank you Father, for your Love,
Thank you Holy Spirit for coming to live in us.
Thank you, Jesus.   The Great Physician, the Great I AM, Counselor, The Beginning and the End, Most Holy, Mighty to Save. Savior, Prince of Peace, Comforter... so many more.  Thank you for the talks we've had day and night...thank you for prayer and and for being our Intercessor.

This Tuesday, I am better.  I am careful when moving or sneezing...sudden movements can be dangerous.:)

Anyway, I hope your week has been good.  Mine is getting better now.:)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Peggy over at The Simple Woman's Daybook is the gracious host here.  Join in any day of the week.

For Today...January 11, 2011

Outside my window... it is lightly snowing and it is 25 degrees.   Just a beautiful winter day here in Wisconsin.  So sorry to hear that the South is so entrenched with snow and ice. 

I am thinking... that except for some deep freeze temps lately, this has SO FAR been  winter with very little heavy snow.   Most winters give us at least 3-4 inches of snow every few days and the shoveling is non-stop.
It seems to have hit hard in other places, and it just feels weird not to always be in the middle of the big snow storms...but I'll take it!

I am thankful for... the wonderful time we had with all of our kids and their families (grand kiddos!!) at Christmas.  It was so good to be together.   All three grand kids are up and walking/running and playing together now --so fun to watch.  Warmed this grammy's heart...

From the kitchen...Something with chicken- haven't fully decided yet.    My journey with gluten free eating has been going good, and I really don't feel deprived.    I made plans to not go strictly gluten free for the holidays ( gotta have my stuffing with the turkey- and some pie- even had a cookie or two over a few days;).
And didn't gain  any weight - yay!   In fact, have lost another pound since then!   So now I have lost 28 lbs. since July, when I started eating gf.  The weight loss an added benefit of eating more healthy.
My birthday is coming up on Thursday and I will have a gluten free cake- thank you Betty Crocker.:)  But I have been craving some Chinese food (most soy sauce contains gluten) from my favorite place and I think it is a good time to have that. What do you think?:)

I am wearing...blue jeans, black sweater and some of my very pretty nonskid socks that I received from Nathan and Kristen. :)

I am hoping...to get back into blogging more regularly.  I really miss it and staying close with my bloggy friends!

I am hearing... the tv in the kitchen that I forgot to turn off...and going- home traffic outside seems to be moving right along thanks to our hardworking street/highway crews.

I am remembering...that today is my brother Wayne's birthday and wishing him a wonderful day.

I am praying...for safety for all those in the South with the treacherous weather conditions- stay inside if you can!:)   And I saw on Facebook earlier that schools are closed in my hometown in Illinois today, too.
And of course, I'm praying for the Arizona shooting victims and their families.

Around the house... Regular cleaning and straightening, taking the tree down.  Raise your hand if yours is still up!:)

On my mind... how wonderful it is to be living in the watch care of our heavenly father.  How much He loves us and cares for every detail of our lives- I've had some answered prayers in the past week and His timing blows my mind every time.

One of my favorite things... I have been watching more and more football with my hubby this winter, and am enjoying it a lot- especially spending the time with hubby!:)  Only a few game left ( and our Packers are still in the playoffs!:)... I'm thinking there's still plenty of basketball left!;)

A few plans for the rest of the week...wanting to try some new GF recipes.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing with you...

What fun watching little ones open gifts.

A very musical Christmas with Sam and Sophie playing their harmonicas...

...and playing their duets on the piano.

Sophie loved her fabric dolls to dress-made by her Auntie Jess.

Eli up and walking this year enjoying the unwrapping.

A Grammy doesn't have a chance with that smile...:)
Happy New Year!

Photos by Brooke C.