Happy Saturday from the rancho.
Wet week here in central California. We are getting the rain we need at a slow and steady rate. Love it!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was having some problems with my sciatic nerve. Several people told me that a chiropractor might be able to help.
Soooooo....went to a chiropractor to see how my bones were doing. First thing she did was have me stand and lift each of my knees...hmmm, why isn't the left side of my pelvis moving? Don't know. She had me do some stretching, she didn't think that it was a ruptured disc. So far, so good. Off to x-rays.
Good news...no ruptured disc. Bad news, missing a disc. It appears that the last vertebra (L5) of my spine has fused to the top of my tailbone. Good news, I can stretch the ligaments to create a straighter spine. Bad news, this is gonna take a few months. LOL
Good news, no nerve damage, they look great. Bad news, I have arthritis in both hips, with a calcification the size of a lemon on one side. Sigh. I have less than the usual 45 degree angle at every curve in my spine. It will take three appointments a week for two weeks to try and get the movement back and the curves into the normal range. But, I am a good candidate for chiropractic care. We'll see. I have so many things I still want to do, I don't want my body to break down now.
She was extremely careful to explain each and every x-ray and the treatment she would like to provide. After my adjustment, she called me at home at 8:30 pm to check that I was okay. She said that if I was in more pain than usual, please call and she would come into the office and do a quick adjustment this weekend. Wow. So far, I'm very impressed with her bedside manner. LOL
I asked how I could have missed a ruptured disc. She said that based on the amount of fusion, this could have happened when I was very young, or is cumulative from 40 years of working in food service on cement floors. She asked if I had been in an accident or taken a fall in my childhood.
Well, let's see...maybe it happened when I jumped out of tree when I was about 6 years old. Of course, I had a pillow case in hand, and of course, it was going to open like a parachute and of course, I would float to the ground. It was a long 15 feet to the ground and NO, the pillow case did not open. LOL Blame it on my youth and too many cartoons...
Or, it could have been when my cousins and I turned a 10 feet water tank on it's side and used it like a log to roll back and forth across the field. I think I lasted about 5 minutes before I fell off. I hit the ground hard enough to knock the air out of me. LOL
Either way, she and the MD she consulted with, are more worried about the arthritis. I'm good with that.
On to some pictures. DH and I went to an outlet mall to pick up some stuff for him (not a yarn shop within 15 miles, LOL) And, what did I find? Another cow for the cow parade! Here she is, the Moo-Monarch Cow... Our area is a known stopping place for Monarch butterflies on their annual migration. Isn't she pretty?
I'm still working on the companion piece for my little bird.
Feels good to be doing some cross stitch.
I'm off like a herd of turtles. Lots to do before my nap. LOL Have a wonderful weekend and be kind to one another.