Your Back – traumatic injury

I usually write a post for this blog and a different one for my stressmanagementmagic.com, but today I felt this might be important to someone, so this is a copy of that post.

I have information and a warning that I hope will be on help to you. I did break my back a little over a week ago. No, I did not crumble the spine or have a fracture that touched my spine and caused paralysis. I did have a traumatic fall and have a compressed fracture of my lower lumbar (L1). Unknown

It could have been worse – much worse. I actually did the WRONG THING when I fell. THIS IS A WARNING TO YOU ALL!

If you fall and hit your spine, or your back and feel that it may be broken – DO NOT just get up! I knew I had broken something, and I said my prayers for twenty minutes before getting up. Fortunately I turned to my side, waited, and then got up with some help, without bending my back.

IF I HAD A FRACTURE THAT PRESSED AGAINST MY SPINE I MIGHT HAVE PARALYZED MYSELF…IF I HAD A FRACTURE THAT WAS MUCH WORSE…I DON’T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

I was blessed. I do believe in the power of prayer and knew God was right there with me.
To me, my rising was not luck – it was God answering my intense prayers during those twenty minutes.

STILL, I REITERATE – do not get up if you feel your injury is serious. YOU WILL KNOW – even if you’ve never broken a bone before! I pray all of you will be safe and never have to deal with this scenario.

However, if you are ever at the scene of an accident, “help” with caution. Advise the person to wait for medical help and keep them still and alert.

I did not go to the emergency room. Again I was blessed. I should have gone. I did treat my injury as it should have been treated. Ice for the first 48 hours. If you do not have an ice pack, take freezer bags and put two cups of water and one cup of alcohol in and freeze. It makes a pliable ice bag and the cost is minimal.

I also elevated my knees at night, took 1600 mg. of anti-inflammatory (sold over counter at pharmacy) – ask if you aren’t sure as pharmacists are more than happy to help. Fortunately I had a prescription for pain medication for my hips so I followed the same directions.

To sit, I placed a lower lumbar pillow behind my low back. I had actually purchased it for my husband for when his back ached, but this is a perfect example of “giving and receiving”. It is too small for him and worked perfected for this situation.

I got an x-ray and an MRI and now have an appointment with a neuro-surgon to make sure I am a good candidate for vertbroplasty. This is a wonderful procedure that hopefully will eliminate most of the pain and help the healing process.

So there it is! My children always told me I was the best example of what not to do! Once again – DO NOT DO WHAT I DID. I believe in miracles and was blessed it was okay, but if it happened again, I would be a wiser woman.

Take care of your body. You only have one place to live! Live on the cautious side as it takes a brief second in time to be hurt, but a much longer period to heal.

Also keep in mind that HEALING really does involve the mind too. I know I will heal. I believe it is healing as I write this. Keep a positive and healing attitude and it will prove out the theory “mind over matter”.

Lastly for today, if you have things happen that absolutely physically supposed to NOT heal – keep that mind in the healing mode. ACCEPT some things, but always keep your mind open to miracles and the miraculous power of the human body to heal. Mind, body, and spirit – they aren’t just words….it all works together.

Think I’ll go lay down with my knees up and ice on my back! CREATE a beautiful day. I really care!

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4 Responses to “Your Back – traumatic injury”

  1. V. Hari Hara Prasad Says:

    Dear Marsha,
    I really felt bad after knowing that you had an injury. True. We have to accept what the things happen to us. But, the pain which it gives is small when some one makes a small comment on it. Of course, they do not comment on it to hurt us, but we feel the pain of that. We, at the other side of the globe, just can only pray for your well being, and nothing else. In the pain also, you have cautioned us to be careful. You are really a good mother to us all. I pray for you again and again, to get back to normal.

    yours affectionate
    prasad- from India

    • Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

      Thank you for the prayers, affection, and love. I can feel it, and it so so soothing and healing! There are so many who have much more pain than I do. Mine will heal. I hope that we always continue to pray for all living souls who suffer, especially the children.

      I am better each moment and each thought and gift such as yours quicken the healing. This time has forced me to stop and is allowing me time to think, study, pray and write. What a lovely circumstance to find myself in after such an unexpected trauma.

      Blessings to you and those in the circle of your life – across the seas and beyond the visible. Thank you again.

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