I took my little desk back from the girl child. I gave it to her to use as a craft corner some time ago – but now, I need it back.
It has become obvious that my continued neck pain is partially caused by the un-ergonomic spaces I have to write in. Dining room tables, couches, beds…it’s causing me all sorts of grief, to the point of spasming last night that reduced me to tears.
I could not get relief in any position, not standing, not sitting, not lying down. I have a pillow filled with water, even that didn’t help. I never noticed before how heavy my head is. 🙄
I took Advil and Tylenol, then an hour later two more.
Somehow I managed to fall asleep and stay asleep. Maybe the drugs kicked in finally…
Anyway, this morning, I decided that my girl child’s craft table, which got a lot of use out of at the beginning of the pandemic, can be shared by us. The reality is that she spends more time in her room nowadays than at that table, probably something to do with the transformation from tween to teen in recent months. She is in school again, too, which means the desk isn’t used for 6, 7 hours each day. I may as well make use of it.
I cleaned it up, and set it up. And now I’m typing at it.
It’s not perfect, and I still feel piercing pain from my arm to my shoulder and neck every so often, but that’s because that pinched nerve is still causing me issues. I did have a massage yesterday and it’s possible that her kneading my left side, which finally loosened up the brick-like structure inside my shoulder-blade and neck area, needed time to heal. As good as it felt while I was in the massage, sitting in the car to and from my mom’s house after was horribly painful, especially on the way back. Each bump in the road had me hold back tears.
I went through my email this morning, after I cleared the desk and set it up, to see what my Xray said from a couple of years ago. I have this condition called Reversed Cervical Lordosis – the spine in the neck region doesn’t curve as it normally should. Add into that a pinched nerve and I’m partially incapacitated.
It is complicated by early onset arthritis.
Anyway. I am trying not to do all the things that would cause me more grief, like walk the dog in the snow, snow shoveling (we have so much snow today!), heavy lifting (laundry baskets), or driving. I told my son, the two days he’s going to school this week he’ll either have to bum a ride with someone (or his dad can take him if he’s available) or take a bus, because if sitting in a car as a passenger almost killed me yesterday, I can only imagine what it would feel like if I had to drive, and, you know, hold and move the steering wheel. In snowy, messy road conditions no less.
So that’s the drama for this Monday morning. How are things for you?