Have you ever gone merrily along your way for a while, oblivious to your good fortune in life? Then, all of a sudden, something happens to jolt you awake?
Saturday morning, April 23, Robin entered the kitchen and, without any warning, he slumped over the counter and started to faint. I reached to grab him, and we both fell. I managed to break his fall a little, but I landed flat on my back on the hard kitchen floor!
The deeply throbbing pain and muscle spasms were excruciating. On Monday we went to our doctor who took X-rays to make sure nothing was broken. He prescribed muscle relaxants, and for the rest of the week, I continued to use ibuprofen and ice packs to reduce the swelling.
Since then, I’ve graduated to heat, acetaminophen, a six-day steroid pack of tablets, and yesterday I began physical therapy. The therapist will work with me twice a week for the rest of this month, and I am encouraged.
Robin’s fainting was due to a harmful interaction of cold capsules with his regular meds, so as soon as he discontinued taking the cold capsules, his light-headedness stopped. That’s been a blessing!
However, this back pain of mine has given me so much empathy for those of you who suffer all the time. My heart goes out to you. Today I am praying that you will find the help you need to overcome your pain.