The Patient Turtle

Today I feel like a turtle. I have this thick shell around my middle that seems heavier and increasingly awkward when I attempt to sit in a chair or roll over in bed. It’s a funny thing that now without the cervical collar, officially called a Miami J collar, which prevented me from turning orContinue reading “The Patient Turtle”

Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!

The cervical collar is toast. I hope. But the doctor says to keep it for now, in case my neck starts hurting. But for now I got to remove the accursed thing which rose up in the back to midway up my skull– a real challenge for my hair style. (Part of my hair inContinue reading “Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!”

Good News

Yesterday afternoon I learned that instead of having three avulsion fractures in my spine, I only have two! The one the hospital had initially diagnosed in the cervical area, is just a calcification not a fracture! So now I no longer have to tell anyone I broke my neck.The big goal I’m aiming for isContinue reading “Good News”

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 clamContinue reading “Navigating with Props”

One Week later

This morning I wanted to yank the ever annoying cervical collar off my neck, or maybe instead gently unhook it, but subsequently throw it hard against the wall. That would be a totally unwise thing to do, however I know have a pretty good idea of what a dog must feel like when the vetContinue reading “One Week later”

Living in a Clamshell

Although I can hide it under my clothing, I am currently confined 24/7 to what is called a Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) which is specially designed to protect my spine while my broken vertebrae heal. In earlier times, accident victims were confined inside body casts, but with new modern materials, I get to wearContinue reading “Living in a Clamshell”