This past week has been a challenging one for me. Why has this week been more difficult than other weeks as of late? Well, I’m glad that you asked! It started with back pain, that came out of no where. Mind you! I’ve felt this pain 2-3 times before in the past year. Each time, it comes on with no warning. When it strikes, I’m down for the count for several days. Then, it goes away and things are back to normal. This week, that was not the case. The usual suspects (tightness in the thighs, throbbing in my hips, and burning in the small of my back) were present. However, they decided to bring a friend (tingling in my foot and lower leg).
All of this prompted me to contact a chiropractor, which I’ve never had to do in the past. Never crossed my mind. But this time, it was different. I begin to search my insurance company’s website for one. I find the one closest to me, and I make that call in the morning. Thirty minutes after making that call, I’m sitting inside of the Chiropractor’s Office. Each step full of agonizing pain, that won’t go away.
I fill out the intake forms, take care of vitals signs, and begin to share my story. My story prompts them to take an x-ray, and that’s when the intruder is revealed. However, I don’t get this information until the next day at my second appointment. Sublaxation of the spine! I’m not really feeling this information. The day before, I walk into this office thinking that she’ll crack my back and I’ll be good to go. Now, it’s something else. I’m embarking on what the doctor describes to me as a long process. A treatment plan consisting of twenty visits. Definitely, not feeling that information!
Grateful that I’ve insurance to use for this situation. But, the thought of a $30/copay for each visit is not what I need at this time. I mean I’ve a family to feed and bills to pay. Started a new position at work as this week, and I’ve had to miss close to three days of an already shortened week. I’m expected do stretch every hour. Didn’t I mention that I have to work? I’ve kids, who I long to roughhouse with. I’ve got a weeds to pull. Blah, Blah, Blah!
I could go on and on about the pain caused by the pain in my back. But, that’s not the end of the story. After receiving treatment, it feels a lot better. I’ve gained back a lot of range of motion from the prescribed stretches. I’m walking a little more. I’m more cognizant of my posture after a coworker shared an article on back pain. I’ve the faith, that God will speed up my healing process! When I feel discomfort, I’m reminded of how much I need to rely on Him to get me through it. In my weakness, He is made strong!