Posts Tagged ‘back’

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Here is an idea!

January 17, 2013

In a couple of months I visualize myself in my kayak and sitting amongst all the stars the reflection from the sun on the water create. Beautiful isn’t it?
shining water
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Here is an idea!

During this time I am physically limited, I would like you not only to count your blessings, but also put some thanks to them while you are actively doing them! It will be kind of an experiment in recognizing blessings and being grateful for each and every one.

I will enjoy thinking of you (hopefully) pain free, doing these daily tasks.

The following list is what I call a small portion of “temporary difficult or nearly impossible tasks” list:

1. Bend down to tie your shoes, pick up a piece of paper or something you’ve dropped on the floor, or set the dog dish down – just do something that makes you bend…then to yourself, say “thank you for being able to bend without pain!”
2. Lift up something to put somewhere else – a basket of clothing, a sack of groceries, a child-especially a child! You might as well snuggle and love them when they are in your arms…then say, “thank you for” (you get it☺).
3. Sit at your computer and write, pay bills, email, whatever you like. Be thankful it doesn’t hurt and you can come and go quickly and without pillows and back rests and pain…
4. Lie down on your bed and stretch in every direction. Pull your feet towards you. Stretch your arms and your legs out and breathe. Stretching is such a pleasure if you remember to do it as such-and it is good for you! Thank God you can stretch.
5. Go for a walk. Go for a little run (I believe running is very tough on the knees, so take it easy). Skip. Jump. Stretch your arms up for the freedom and the joy of being able to do these things at all! Thank God, and if you don’t believe in God – then thank your lucky stars. It’s bigger than us little humans-that’s for sure. Personally, I have always believed in a Creator – however you see God – thank God.

Lastly in this tiny list, just get on your knees and drop your head and say prayers for whatever you like. Include yourself…for years I forgot to pray for me too! That is important. You are important.

Fortunately, I CAN drop to my knees. I just turn to my side, kind of roll off the bed with bent knees, use the bed to steady myself and guess what? It is accomplished. To get up I just use the bed and don’t have to bend my back. Yeah!

CREATE a beautiful day for you and your family and circle of friends. I will be thinking of you doing all these things. AND DON’T FORGET to laugh. Laughing is healing.

I am trying now, while I have time, to write both my blogs and work on my next little book. Don’t remember if I have mentioned that or not. I am not really got at advertising. I self-published a book entitled “A Fine Read for the Thinking Woman” (it is for men too really) – and you can purchase it at either amazonbooks.com or on kindle books. Just look up the title or my name: Marsha J. O’Brien. I hope you like it I have several more I am working on now.

Also, if you would like to check out my stressmanagementmagic.com website, I post many different articles as I specalized in that for years – maybe that’s why my husband of almost twenty-five years calls me “The Human Happy Face” :).

Your Back – traumatic injury

January 14, 2013

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!