Sunday, November 13, 2016

I haven’t written anything in a very long time.  I have had a back and neck problem for about six weeks.  My back started going out at an exercise class and it kicked in about a week later.  I have to take a bunch of pain meds and roll around on the floor until I can pop it back in place.

It took a couple of days to do this and after that the pain travelled up into my middle back where it felt like I had a knife in me.  I have never learned how to deal with middle back issues and so I lay on a heating pad off and on for a couple of days.

At that point the pain entered my neck and I was constantly turning from side to side and back and forth.  I called my insurance company and inquired as to whether they covered chiropractic care.  They gave me the info and I called to make an appointment with my doctor to send a referral.

I got the chiro’s name and number off the internet (you can’t believe everything you read on the internet) and called the number.  It was busy for four straight days.  I was in Rockford the next day and stopped by the address.  The place was closed.  Oh well.  Must be the reason the HMO offers his services – because we can’t find him.

About a week later I got a call that said they had received my referral from my doctor for chiropractic care.  It seems the good doctor had closed his private practice and joined a Pain Management group.  I finally got my appointment.  I went in and he was gorgeous.  He examined my back and neck and recommended x-rays first.  I went and had them done and was back in his office on Friday.  I got my first adjustment and we talked a lot about my x-rays and what could be done for my crooked back.

He gave me a lecture on my posture and I sat up as straight as I could.  I have very bad posture and have always had.  I started maturing at age 8 and was the worst tomboy in the world.  My first bra was a 32 A.  My mother didn’t seem to notice that I was a slouch.  If only she had told me on occasion to stand up straight.

So anyhow, the lower back is better, the middle back out of pain and I can move my neck without marbles rolling around in there.  I just have to remember to stand up straight.  If you see me, please remind me.

I had problems sleeping last night.  I woke up to my nose whistling.  I turned over but it persisted in whistling.  I finally coughed and it stopped.  Iwas thinking what is the connection between nose whistles and coughing.  I know the nose and throat are connected but why?  I’m thinking of the scientific theory of whistling.  I usually pucker up my mouth and suck some air in or out.  Does my nose airway shrink up for some reason and the breathe has to whistle while coming in and out?  But no, it is only on my exhale that I whistle.  I had to look this up.

Physics Forums states:

One person is absolutely adamant that the vibrations are caused because of the air being pressurized as it goes out the lips, causing the lips to vibrate. Another claims that vibrations are caused outside of the mouth, as the air stream forms vortices that interfere with each other. And another insists that the tongue causes vibrations in the mouth, acting like a reed. Which is it? I'm not crazy about any of these explanations.


Well I don’t understand it in the least.   What the heck is a vortices?  (A mass of whirling fluid or air.)  And now my hubster’s is having nose whistles.  So much for a good night’s sleep!

I finally got some sleep and woke up to hear that my beloved Leon Russell has died.  I just adored him.  He was so down to earth, and man could he play the piano.  He wrote just the most romantic song ever written, “A Song for You.”  The hubster and I saw him in concert in Madison one year and we danced right in front of him when he sang that song.  He was so different from when he was young.

Years ago I interviewed Danny Zelisko who is a concert promoter in the Arizona area.  His parents lived down the street from me and introduced me to him.  I wrote an article for the paper about the interview.  During the interview I mentioned Leon Russell and Danny told me that he had met him several times.  He said that his wife of many years left him and his heart was broken.  He was never the same afterward.   Never break the heart of a romantic.

Check it out.  Thank you Leon Russell for all the wonderful memories and songs.

I also have to admit that I have been doing something that is totally inane.  I have noticed lately a lot of vehicles with only one headlight.  When I have only one headlight I get pulled over by the police and warned to get it fixed and fast.  Am I the only one?  So anyhow, I figured, there should be a universal sign to indicate to drivers that they have a headlight out.  I cover one of my eyes as I pass them.  I did this with friend, Lauri, recently and she almost wrecked the car.  Sorry about that!

Years ago, daughter, Addi, and I made up the universal sign for your gas cap is open.  We put our hands together and open one of them.  Doesn’t that make a lot of sense?

So I want all of my friends and family to start using these universal signs and let drivers know that their vehicles need servicing.

Other universal signs?  You ask.  Handing a person a tissue if they have a stray booger on their nose.  Wiping at your chin if they have stray crumbs on their face. Showing folks your middle finger if they don’t use their turn signals.  The “V” for peace.

And peace be with you.

1 comment:

  1. besides your nocturnal whistling, how is you neck and back???? sorry about mr. russell, great memories are what will keep him alive.