Pain is Only a Four Letter Word

Pain is only a four letter word was my mantra last night as I tried to get back to sleep. “Stay in front of the pain,” cautioned my friend Eileen with her medical expertise, “Take your anti-inflamatories with commitment.” I was trying to stay on top of taking pills in advance of pain’s arrival butContinue reading “Pain is Only a Four Letter Word”

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”