16 February 2009

No more pain in the neck!

For the last, oh, three years maybe, I have had the WORST pain in the neck. No, I'm not talking about John. A SERIOUS pain in the neck (and John isn't serious. Not most of the time, anyway.) I've been to my chiropractor, I've had massages, and I've taken Alleve like it's candy, but NOTHING has worked. John's best friend, Ron, is a physical therapist, and he had suggested sleeping without a pillow, but I'm a side-sleeper most of the time, and I just can't sleep on my side without a pillow.

Over Christmas break, I bought a new pillow. I didn't get a top-of-the-line, super expensive one, but I didn't get a cheapo one, either. I stood in Bed, Bath, and Beyond for probably 30 minutes hugging on the different ones until I found one that I thought I'd really like. I LOVE IT! It has made a world of difference! I can still feel that something isn't quite right with my neck, but I'm not grimacing in pain every time I move, either. I think it's kind of funny that it really didn't even occur to me until a couple of days ago that my neck wasn't bothering me.

We had a professional development day today. Do you know how wonderful it was to be able to sleep that extra 45 minutes? Just 45 minutes! It made a HUGE difference in my morning! I am so NOT a morning person!

Anyway--PD day. No kids, but not a lot was accomplished, either. Not by me, anyway. We had a speaker from 8 until 10:30ish. He was okay. He had some good points, and he was funny. Funny speakers are always good. He's speaking to the juniors and seniors tomorrow morning. I'm kind of curious to hear what he has to say because that particular presentation isn't suitable for freshmen and sophomores.

Once he had finished, several of us got together and decided to go to Ruby Tuesday for lunch. It was about 12:30 before I got to the school. I finished grading one test and did a couple of other odd and end things, and then I left. I think I'm seeing a grading day in the near future.

John and I got home this afternoon at the same time. To no water. The city (I guess) has the entire street beside the house torn up. We both had to park in the yard because we can't get down the street at all. And of course it's a HUGE muddy mess. I'm quite sure they'll do a fantastic job of cleaning it all up, too. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Yeah, I'm laughing! A couple of years ago, they replaced the water lines along the street in front of the house. Guess who had to do all of the lawn repair on that? Yep, we did, and that isn't even OUR property! We couldn't go to the mailbox or the paper box without walking through red mud, though.

Last month, our water bill was twice what it normally is. Sure, we have a sink that leaks, and there is a toilet that runs if we don't jiggle the handle, but we know those things, so we are very conscious of checking them. This repair work they are doing makes me wonder if the increase in our bill wasn't actually due to an increase in our water usage.

I've rambled on long enough. I just haven't had time to post or to read much lately. I'm not really sure when I will get around to catching up on reading your posts, but I will. There are just several things that are keeping me busy and away.

Have a GREAT evening!


Fragrant Liar said...

Oh, I have a terrible time with my neck, and have to have special pillows too. Doesn't always work though. I frequently still wake up with headaches/neckaches. Still a pain in the neck!

Anonymous said...

Glad you found a pillow you like. I need some new ones. The fluff factor is gone in mine. I couldn't imagine not sleeping without a pillow.

John Deere Mom said...

Yay for the new pillow! We have a PD day next week...but it's just a half day. We don't really have full PD days, thank goodness! But I agree...even a few extra minutes of sleep does a body good!

Alicia said...

I am glad to hear your neck is doing better! Its amazing how you get use to pain...I have alot of back pain. I hope you get a good nights rest!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm sure glad the new pillow is helping out...a sore neck is horrible since it effects everything you do! And I'm sure they'll clean up after they're done working on the water...LOL sure they will!

Mary Moore said...

I had neck pain (still do, just not as bad) and I found a seed pillow (flax seeds, I think) did the trick for me. Glad you found a pillow that works! Nothing like a pain in the neck to ruin the day.


Glad the pillow is working. Amen on the inservice. Thanks for the support today.

Shay said...

Going to a chiropractor would do the trick, but that's even more expensive than the best pillow you could find lol. I know what you mean about high water bills too...we live in a two-bedroom apartment (just the two of us at the moment) and our water bill looks like 10 people live here!

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