The phrase “Houston, we have a problem” was memorialized by the 1995 box-office hit, Apollo 13.
It was, however, as they say, “…only in the movies!”
The real phrase was “Houston, we HAD a problem.”
Isn’t that interesting?!
I love this factoid because it’s a great reminder to keep our hopes up! Sometimes even big problems in life may already be resolved by the time we know there’s even a problem!
And I’m declaring this truth over myself too.
You may or may not have noticed; my last blog was blog 3 of a 4 part series on Wonderful Dreams…in February.
By the time this gets published on my website, we’ll already be well into April, and I still haven’t had a chance to finish writing that last blog.
So, this is going to be blog 3.5 for now.
Well, do you remember how I talked about how delays and trials, and the like, can test our perseverance, tenacity and faith in our dreams and calling in my post called The Price of Dreams?
Well, that’s exactly what happened to me.
As if on cue, I got hit with a series of the most random of health conditions that doctors and everyone around me thought was one thing, but turned out to be something totally different.
First, it was some hearing issues in my left ear that wouldn’t go away. Some insisted it was due to a cold or congestion. But I wasn’t sick, nor did I have any other symptoms of a cold.
Then, my left eye started to act up and the uncomfortable pressure made me more nervous. Some thought I must have “hit myself in my sleep” (reaalllly?!!), or that one of my dogs must have jumped on me, and I just didn’t remember it happening (ummm…nope!).
Right on the heels of that, I was suddenly struck with Vertigo for 2 weeks. The last episode was so intense and lasted so long, that I was taken by ambulance to the ER because it was just not going away.
On top of this, my jaws were locking and my cheeks were aching. I had unknowingly been clenching my teeth at night (and apparently for a long time). The dentist showed me how the masseter muscles were so enlarged that my jawline was no longer angular but square-like.
In the midst of all of this, my shoulder muscles and neck muscles had been in daily spasms for the past 5 years, but was getting progressively worse these past 2 years, and caused me debilitating headaches. I’d been able to keep the pain at bay (most of the time) with anti-inflammatories, a Tens unit, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and eventually muscle relaxants, and topical salves. But the only thing that could immediately relieve the pain were vasoconstrictors prescribed for migraines.
While I always waited to take the vasoconstrictor as a last resort in the past, for the past year or so, the pain was so intense, I felt forced to take this medication almost daily – in partial doses, but still, this had, at times, become a daily routine.
This medication was effective because it was able to constrict the blood vessels to stop the inflammation, which in turn, reduced the pain. The problem however, was it also constricted the blood and oxygen to my heart and brain.
In December of last year, I became so fed up with this whole routine, I stopped taking a lot of the medications, including the vasoconstrictor. Unfortunately, that left me to experience the full force of the pain.
Very long story short, I ended up seeing dozens of doctors, specialists, getting testing done, and have spent much of my days driving up to an hour each way to each appointment, waiting in the reception area, or repeating myself as I explained (again and again at each appointment) the history of the pain, etc – while in severe pain.
I finally got an MRI which showed some disc degeneration and a few herniated discs pressing against some nerves.
At last, I had some answers.
But now the work begins! I’m getting intensive chiropractic care, and seeing my Anesthesiologist (Pain Specialist), Physiotherapist, Trauma Specialist, and Acupuncturist regularly.
My next specialist is an Orthopaedic Surgeon to discuss some of the latest options available for my situation.
So, my friends, this is why I haven’t had a chance to write that last blog.
My pain levels go in and out during the day, and I’m looking forward to my next treatment, which will hopefully be a great tool to manage the pain as I get my neck restored.
In the meantime, I have been working a little here and there, preparing some great things for you and hope to be back on my feet soon to share them.
In my next blog, I am going to give you some interesting tools and powerful “aha’s” I discovered on this healing journey that may also be useful for you and/or someone you love.
Talk to you soon, and remember, “Health is Wealth!”
In joyful loving service,