Sunday evening, as Josh and I were about to retire, I asked as to the weather forecast. Being informed that it was supposed to be balmy (you know, like only -5) and since we had just had a lovely dump of fresh snow, I decided it was high time to haul the kiddos out to the backyard for a good old romp in the snow.
These two pictures were taken only days apart, but oh the life experiences we lived through in those 48 hours make them seem much further apart. I'll explain in a moment. :o)
Watching big sister Hopey stir her "tea," and trying to do it too. :o)
I had a tea pretend tea party with the girls after their bath Thursday night, while waiting for their Josh to be done the dishes and put them to bed, since I couldn't.
Tuesday I had been chilled all day and got a "kink in my neck" in the afternoon. Not thinking much of it, I went to bed as usual, noticing I couldn't turn my head very far over my right shoulder, and feeling some pulling pain in my shoulder. I slept ok, noticing my neck feeling odd when I was up a couple times in the night. Nonetheless, morning came, and with it a wonderful gift from God through the girls, who slept in a bit and woke up happy and at about the same time. As I heard them starting to jabber and sing, I rolled over and stretched my arm out to see if my neck would loosen a bit. Once I felt awake, I went to sit up and get out of bed and that's when it all began. I got part way up and collapsed back into the safety of my pillow, in intense pain. I rested for a sec, thinking I could "shake it off." But no - I really couldn't sit up, or roll over.
Okay. Think. Josh was out, so I texted him what was up and asked him to please come home asap! :o) Let's just say I spent the day in bed and the recliner, needing help to sit, stand, or roll over. We prayed for wisdom and healing, not having a clue what was going on. The pain was all in the right side of my neck, and it was my right arm that I was having trouble moving. The conclusion we came to was what they call "rye neck" which is a very broad and general title for a seizing of the muscles in the neck, due to basically "catching a chill."
After several hours with hot wheat bags and a heating pad kinda wrapped around my neck/shoulder, things loosed up a bit and I was at least able to roll over on my own. I still would get this overcoming pain at the back of my neck/head anytime I strained to sit up on my own. Josh was so wonderful to me and the girls. He basically took the day off, working from his laptop upstairs as he could and keeping on phone calls while attending to my needs and those of the girls.
I was having this odd nausea throughout the day, attributing it to my neck, but then it got worse and worse in the late afternoon, and by evening it turned into the flu. I've not had the flu in 15 years, and I don't care to have it again for at least that long. Oh my. And of course, it had to happen at bedtime when Josh was trying to get the girls in their jammies and settled into bed. Oh well. What can you do? I was still smiling, finding the humour and blessing in it all, and Josh, bless his heart, was too. :o) Thank You, Lord, for grace! I concluded the one pain helped greatly in distracting me from the other pain, which was great!
Thursday morning I awoke with the realization I wasn't going to be able to do much that day either. I had some energy, just no ability. I would almost pass out from pain anytime I did something with my right arm. My chiropractor's advice had been to move it as much as I could, as muscles heal with movement. So, I would do a few things, rest up, do a few more things, read to the girls, rest up... etc. My family was due in that night to stay with us for the Breakforth conference here in Edmonton, so while I couldn't do much, I wanted to do what I could and prepare the basement for them to stay in. Josh was a sweetheart, giving up most of his day again to help take care of me and the girls.
It's amazing how much you can miss your kids when you're around them but can't interact as you normally do with them. I just wanted to hug and cuddle my girls, but knew there was no way I could lift them or handle any sudden wiggling motion if they were sitting on my lap.
My family got in safe and sound Thursday evening, and made it out the door early Friday for the conference. Mercifully, Dad had decided not to register for the conference, saying he would just help me with the girls and play games and such. Little did I know then how much we would need him! Dad's availability allowed Josh to go back to work, while Dad washed dishes, changed diapers, played pretend, and helped make meals. He also dropped me off at the chiropractor and took the girls grocery shopping while I had my appointment, which revealed all three joints in my neck were out! No wonder I couldn't move!! I began doing the exercises as instructed by my chiropractor, and felt some relief, understanding I needed to be much looser before I could be adjusted back to a healthy neck position. I saw her again on Monday, with good improvement, and am hoping the third appointment will set me right again. As the weekend progressed, mobility and strength began to return to me and the pain lessened each day.
And she didn't. And I had pity on her and held her once I had smoothies made for our lunch.
A simple, new, homemade toy, to aid many delightful hours of childhood imagination. Thanks, Dad. :o)