I'm finally on the mend, and feeling able to talk about my experience of this whiplash injury. It had been quite an intense time, so, I'll break up the posts into thought modules.
On the whole, the injury is bringing me a tremendous amount of awareness about my body. More & more, I'm seeing how much I am afraid to be present in my body. The habits of my survival from childhood are harder to break than I expected.
There have been several moments where I slid into "pity-party". But, what kept me hopeful & positive this week were two things I kept writing on my daily Gratitude List: "I don't have cancer", and "I have the full working use of all my limbs".
It reminded me, yet again, how lucky I am to not have to take Temodar once a week for 12 months. It reminded me that I haven't had any surgeries, or have had body parts radiated. It reminded me that I'm not quadriplegic. And, that with a fully functioning body, I have no excuse to whine. Not that my experience wasn't tough, but all in all wallowing does no good.
In fact, it reminded me that my family getting cancer is a gift, too. I wouldn't be where I am today, more emotionally stronger, more aware of the tricks my mind plays, more aware of my body, choosing to be happy every day.
Have to run out to hit the Farmer's Market before it closes, but I'll be back to report more on all these themes in the next day.
For now, I thank whoever is out there, Higher Power, God, Universe, Bob, Whatever, for a tremendously beautiful experience through body pain, discomfort, & awareness.
Thank you for your blog post.
Whiplash of the neck is far too common from a motor vehicle accident or even from a traumatic even- no matter how minor it may seem to be. With proper treatment, and rest It can take time to heal.
One of the first things that your Dr may prescribe to you is pain medications. I think that for the short term, this is not a bad idea. But being proactive and persuing other treatments such as chiropractic, modalities, hot and cold therapies, massage and trigger point therapy can make a big difference in the road to recovery. Addressing depression, anxiety, coping, and other psychological issues is also very important in treating whiplash type injuries.