Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.
Greater than 350,000 SparkPoints 439,428

Stasis - or - Being Stuck

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I was cleaning the tops of my classroom glue bottles this morning - kids forget to screw the top on tight, the glue dries and gets stuck - and I realized that's kind of how I feel. Stuck. Static. Not moving. Not getting worse, but not getting better, either. Plateaued.

I was in a car accident this summer, my taxi was rear-ended by another taxi. So now I'm dealing with residual whiplash - which is a very real condition, I'm finding out. And all the upper back/shoulder/neck issues are exacerbating my already problematic lower back. Making intense cardio impossible. And, some days, making plain old walking difficult.

I try to look at the bright side - at least I'm not gaining weight - and I can get around - and live relatively normally - I'm not in a cast or brace or any of the things I've been in for a variety of injuries.

But I'm also not back to normal. I'm not ready for work on the mural, where I'm up on a ladder cementing on tiles above my head, or scraping excess concrete. My neck and shoulders and shoulder blades just feel tired (when they aren't in pain).

So I'm stuck. Like a glue bottle, with all that glue ready to come out - I'm stuck with all this energy and enthusiasm and ideas, and I just can't quite get the top open to let everything come out.

I wish I could just take some hot water and a paperclip and open things up, the way I do with a glue bottle. But bones and soft tissue don't quite work that way. Especially when they're 55 yrs old.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Sometimes when you are swimming against the tide, not going backwards is a victory.
    2585 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    Maybe you should not be trying to do the exercises. I went to our hospitals "Back School" to learn which exercises were safe to do and which to avoid. I have very limited movement other than walking. What about Yoga? With that you can strengthen your body without overdoing it. Once you are recovered then you could try something a bit more advanced.

    I take it the turtles did not hatch poor little things. That is so very sad.
    2586 days ago
    Mostly I'm going to my chiropractor twice a week - my neck and spine have gotten way out of alignment with the muscles being so tight as a result of the accident, that I need to be adjusted constantly. (I normally go every 2 weeks to keep my lower back, where I have degenerating disks, in shape.) I also normally do lower back stretches and exercises, but, well, it's hard to do crunches when the upper back and neck muscles are compromised.

    Haven't tried physical therapy - though the chiro does heat and electro-massage therapy on my back/neck after the adjustment.

    I guess it's just the long healing process that gets me - I want to be back to normal NOW! Patience is not one of my strong points, LOL!
    2587 days ago
    I hurt my back when I was 20. For a whole year about the most strenuous thing I could do was to sit up for an hour or two. When I was in high school I threw shot and discus in track & field and was when I hurt my back was still fairly muscular. After a year of being nearly bedridden and not being able to do any exercise my muscles atrophied and I felt like a shadow of my former self.

    It did take a few years but I did bounce back. I don't know about your injury but are you in physical therapy? Would a TENS unit help you?
    2587 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by PHEBESS