Blessed Relief!!!!!!!!!!

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Can I just say…last night’s sleep was blissful! 

After a quick visit with my sister-in-law and a bite to eat, I was in bed by 8:31pm.  When I at first laid down, I thought I’d just take a lil nappies and then get up and watch some TV before eventually heading to bed for the night, but that mattress looked so inviting and my eyelids were so heavy that the resurgence never came.

I was out for the count!  At 8:30pm!  Wow!!!

I credit my good sleep last night to the fact that Dr. N worked on me yesterday.  He’s the new chiropractor.  I had my first session with him yesterday, after work.  Ten minutes on the rolling bed thingy, followed by a few gentle and quick manipulations is all it amounted to, but what relief.  It did me good to go to that appointment.  Doc forgot to give me my stretching exercises before I left though, those exercises he stressed as being integral to the healing process. I will have to rib him about that tonight, when I return for my second visit.

Seriously, though, I would not have imagined that what he did yesterday would have produced the results it did for me last night.  Maybe it was a fluke, but I hope not.  I cannot remember having any numbness or sensations of prickly nerves in my leg or foot, and no back pain last night as I slept.  Woohoo!!!  This just might work!

Dr N has scheduled me to see him three times a week for 8 weeks.  He says he feels confident that he can relieve 85-90% of my pain issues with treatment, and then will create for me a maintenance plan that I can follow going forward.

Immediately following my session last night I experienced these symptoms:

A headache that went away after a few minutes.

The inability to sit in a chair comfortably (this was between the rolling bed and manipulation. Afterward, I sat for the ride home in the car and did fine).

Tingling in my right fingertips, not my affected side.

Pain in the toes attached to my left leg, which is where the sciatica pain shows up.  Hadn’t had that before, but it subsided pretty quickly.

REFLECTIONS FROM MY VISIT

The roll bed hurt, I will confess.  My problem area is L4 and L5, near my lower back and above my tailbone. The tailbone and pelvic region did not like that hard roller forcing it up and out of shape. I guess that’s to be expected. Doc says toward the end of the eight weeks, it will feel like heaven.  We’ll see.  That was the most painful part of last night’s visit, and well within the ranges of my pain tolerances.  Heck, I’ve waited nearly two years to seek help, so that bed, that was nothing!

Two big takeaway from this first visit at the Chiropractic office are these:  (1) Sleep without pain is the best. (2) Hope is returning to my weary soul.

When have you slept the best ever?  Do you see a Chiropractor, and if so, what part of the process do you love or hate the  most?

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Above the Sheets

000exercise in bedIs it okay to exercise in bed?

That’s the question I had to ask myself this weekend. Can I stay in bed and call what I’m doing exercise?

For me, I think the answer is, Yes!

And no, I did not have a partner joining me in this exercise routine.  😉

Hubs was up and out early this Saturday, making making the bed an exercise that was a whole lot less synchronized, but a job that I needed to complete before beginning my nine minutes of morning movements in bed.

I left the lights out while I exercised.  I often do that in the morning. Just because I’m moving, doesn’t mean I have to wake up yet, right?

The dark environment of my bedroom, and the cushioned base for my exercise routine this weekend, meant that I stayed at it longer and enjoyed it more.

Sometimes, I just want to put off getting out of bed in the morning.  Anyone else feel that way?

The downside of exercising in bed was that I fell back asleep after my routine was finished, and that caused me to get a late start when leaving the house.

Poor hubs, his early departure was followed by an errand of mercy, as he helped a local micro-farmer neighbor pick produce from a rather large garden before picking grapes, so that all the harvest that could get in was gotten in before the big frost this morning.

It snowed like sixty yesterday in NEPA!!!

Yep, our snow before Halloween tradition is left intact.

Big, white flakes of that frosty stuff came down for about thirty minutes. And that, only an hour after I told Hubs he really needs to mow the lawn at least one more time before winter begins in earnest.

I saw this picture on facebook today, and snickered:

000snow in NEPADo you ever exercise in bed?  If so, how much of a sweat do you work up in your work out?

Working my way DOWN

Today is Tuesday, after the visit, and I’m working my way down.

Down the scale, after gaining a few pounds.

Down from the emotional high of seeing family.

Hugs are great, but when we have to go home…such regrets at having to leave.  I wish we lived closer.

I didn’t sleep well while away.

Hubs snoring.  Shifting positions all night.  Grinding his teeth.

That orange tabby, yowling!  Can’t they hear her?  Sooo loud!

Long, soulful yowls…loud. Loud enough to wake the dead.

This is why we no longer keep Siamese, but this one is not Siamese.

Still, the yowl is the same.  Mind numbing at 5:30 am.

We are now home, but the sleep deprivation continues.

Last night, I prayed:

“Lord, please, help me not to hurt.

Help me to find a position in this bed that will eliminate the pressure points.

Help me sleep.”

Soon, I was curled up in a ball, sleeping in a weird position, snoring.

Finally!  Blissful sleep.

The whole world looks different through restful eyes.

Now, if I can just get my food straightened out, I will be happy.

Working on it.

Anyone else have problems getting enough sleep?