Navigating with Props

It was another tough night last night, trying to stay asleep for any period of time beyond an hour. I was diligent to take my Alleve an hour before attempting to go to bed, so theoretically I shouldn’t have been feeling so much pain but maybe part of the challenge of “living in a clam shell” is that you just can’t stay in a horizontal position more than four or five hours at best.
Although some people might have assumed I’d be downing the heavy narcotics, due to the extent of my injuries, I have said “no thanks”. I would rather keep a clear head.
Yesterday was my first attempt at going in to the office. I was there only one hour. I think I was worried about how I would be perceived with my weird configuration of the cervical collar and the vest. Some people were cool but there are always folks who feel uncomfortable just looking at someone who might be in pain, it’s almost as if they feel the “hurt” could be contagious.
Today I am back again in the office. I will have been here a little over three hours, and that’s enough. I look forward to lunch and a nap.
Meals, by the way, have to be very small, because with this Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) you simply have no room for your stomach to expand. It could be a great weight reduction tool if one needed to lose weight. So I’m eating lots of little snacks while keeping up with my walking to at least stay toned. I have to laugh or else I might just cry. Humor is important.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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