OK, I do not actually have pain in my neck, it's more like stiffness and discomfort, but "pain in the neck" is such a great blog title... (well, at least I amuse myself....)
Lately, I've noticed that I do not turn my head so much.
I first noticed this new phenomena while driving.
I discovered that I was avoiding changing lanes, because that required me to turn around and look behind me.
A while later, I realized that if my kids were talking to me from behind, I would ignore them. When I started making an effort to pay attention, I had to ask them to move into my line of vision, because it was painful to turn around to face them.
I think the discomfort stems from two sources:
1. my neck
2. my back
Twisting puts stress on both parts of my body.
This came up today, when friends stopped by to visit in the afternoon.
I needed to put up my legs, because my ankles felt swollen and painful (not related to cancer; probably related to arthritis, but I don't know).
Anyway, by raising my feet, I ended up with my back to one of my guests.
Everyone had to move around (think: musical chairs), so that my guests and I could all be in comfortable eye contact.
It's not like it was such a big deal, but all these little things add up.
I wonder if anyone is doing the math...
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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