Tuesday, August 25, 2009


It’s been a busy week all around. Home, work, church. I have not had the time, energy, or inclination to keep up with blogosphere.

It’s not that I’m in a black funk … though I was in that place when I last posted here. It’s mostly that I haven’t had anything of value to say.

Then I hurt my back (bad!) and have been suffering since last Friday. It's been hard to sit upright with the laptop.

Yesterday – thanks be to God! – my sister came up for a p.m. meeting and a Sister Slumber Party. That was delightful. And she was most kind.

After three days of limping around, today I went to the doc (who is a D.O., not a M.D.), and she cracked and broke most of my spinal system. I'm still in a lot of pain and on muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories, but I hope I'm on the upswing now. At least I'm not just lying around and whimpering. Well, truth to tell, I am still whimpering more than I should. But I hope things will get better.

I know I owe some of you e-mail responses, and I hope you will forgive my tardiness.

Over the past week, I have not had the heart or will to follow the Anglican blogosphere. I have kept up with some news, and have been sad to read the news (especially from MadPriest) about some bloggers who are “giving it up.” I am not giving it up. I just can’t sit upright, and the meds keep me from thinking clearly.

Occasionally, I have thought I was seeking discernment. But nah! I'm just seeking the ability to sit upright long enough to read the blogs and write on my own. Surely it won't be long before I back to my ranting and fulminating self.

As Arnold said: I will be back.

"I have nothing to say" cartoon courtesy of Dave Walker.
"Nerve" image courtesy of the Still National Osteopathis Museum, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri, which I can't find on their site but found here in miniature.


Blogger Kirkepiscatoid said...

I immediately recognized that dried out, laquered, laminated nervous system, I want you to know.

I am often asked, since I am from NE Missouri, and teach at a D.O. school, how I was lured to the "dark side" and attended MU School of Medicine.

The answer is simple. $5800/yr tuition in the mid 80's at Mizzou as opposed to $17,500. That, and the opportunity to purchase "B" section season basketball tickets at the old Hearnes building when Norm Stewart was still coaching the Tigers.

8/25/2009 11:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

LOL, Maria. I figured you would recognize it. I saw it this spring, and it is a thing of beauty. I was surprised I couldn't find it on the museum's site.

I don't think med school is the dark side. But I'm impressed that my D.O. doc was able and willing immediately to roll up her sleeves and do the tricks to adjust the things that were causing the problem. ... You, m'dear, are definitely a child of the light, not a denizen of the dark side. ... Funny comment about the b'ball tickets as a lure to MU.

8/26/2009 7:03 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I hope you are feeling much better soon, Lisa. Having sprained my back twice too many times, I can relate to your current situation. What I found MOST helpful was not having my spine adjusted but a knowledgeable MEDICAL massage by an LMT who knows every muscle, ligament, sinew and joint. Mine is a retired trauma surgical RN and the miracles she works... Cute as a bug, big as a minute and a gentle but firm powerhouse. Medical massage...something to think about.

8/26/2009 8:33 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Lisa - as one who has had back problems (bad), I empathize and sympathize. My doctor for the past 12 years is a DO. I think he's the best. And, my weekly visits to the chiropractor keep me in shape. Feel better soon. And, keep blogging - and FB'ing!

8/26/2009 12:57 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Prayers for you - all my good thoughts and wishes dear Lisa!

8/26/2009 6:57 PM  
Blogger it's margaret said...

I hope you feel better soon. Real soon.

8/26/2009 9:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks to all of you. Yes, the back is mending ... slowly but (it seems) steadily. Thanks be to God ... and thanks to my gifted doc!

Catherine, I know a fair bit about back pain. I broke my back in high school, so it's been a chronic condition.

I don't know whether you're familiar with D.O. docs, but that's the point: They understand what you called "every muscle, ligament, sinew and joint." They are trained to "listen" to the body in a holistic way before going for the typical "M.D." solutions, which are generally more invasive ... or which just rely on prescriptions.

I might turn toward a LMT as you suggested, except for this: My insurance recognizes docs and chiropractors ... so I can pay the simple $25 co-pay. But it does not recognize LMTs. Mind you, I believe what you say. I have another friend who is an LMT. But when I can pay a $25 co-pay to a doc for an adjustment or $75 or so for an LMT, which do you think I'm going to choose? ... And, yes, this leads us into a conversation about health care reform. I would love to have coverage for an LMT visit. But it ain't there. Right now, the "free market" sends me to the medical establishment ... even though the LMTs might cost less overall. Know what I'm saying?

8/26/2009 10:37 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! It's comforting to know you've "been there, done that." My worry is about becoming "addicted" to those regular chiropractor visits. I tend to wait 'til it's urgent.

Yes, my back is better. Still on muscle relaxers and heavy dose of ibuprofen to deal with the inflammation.

Thanks for the encouragement to keep blogging. I think I shall do so ... even though I often feel I have nothing useful to say.

8/26/2009 10:42 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thank you, Fran and Margaret. It's getting better. It'll just take time. I was touched that MP posted my situation ... But really, my situation is nothing compared to others who are facing really serious problems.

8/26/2009 10:44 PM  
Blogger Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers ascending for you, dear Lisa!

8/28/2009 7:37 AM  
Blogger susan s. said...

How is your back now? I hope you are feeling much better.

I felt I could come here to check since you sent that marvelous joke to MadPriest. :-)

9/04/2009 3:01 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks, Susan, and I'm glad you enjoyed the hackneyed joke I sent to MP.

I really should not whine about my back pain. It's a chronic thing, since I broke it eons ago in high school. Yeah, it's better. But it never quite goes away.

You are kind to ask. Many thanks.

9/06/2009 11:38 PM  

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