I’m not a winter person. I never have been. Yes, I built snowmen as a kid, and went sledding, but I was always the first one ready to go back inside and get warm. Years ago I used to tell myself we’d go snowtubing or skiing as a family, but it never happened. Now, of course, that’s not an option unless I have a neurosurgeon waiting at the bottom of the hill, so I’ve kind of missed my window of opportunity.
Something about winter – February especially – just saps all my energy. It may be the shortest month of the year but it feels like the longest to me. I think I’m actually part bear and should be hibernating right now.
Of course the fact that cold weather and dropping barometric pressure only makes my neck pain worse doesn’t make me any more fond of this time of year.
So I’ve joined a group of people who are helping encourage each other to get up early and start their days with a purpose. It’s called Hello Mornings, so you may see some hashtags with that title in the mornings from most days. I’m trying.
I had an appointment with my pain management doctor yesterday. Well, not the doctor himself, since he doesn’t deign to interact with anyone he can’t do a procedure on and charge a lot of money. I saw another one of his nurse practitioners. When I asked her about “my plan of treatment” she was very honest and forthright. There’s absolutely nothing they can do and the pain’s not going to get better. In fact, I can expect it to get worse as I age. The only possible procedure I would be a candidate for (implantable neurostimulator) is not covered ever, for any reason, by my insurance company. On the bright side, it is covered by Medicare, so in a couple of decades I’ll qualify.
I do have some excitement coming up. This very evening at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville I’ll get to be present for a book signing for Alison Atlee, a member of my writers’ group. I’ve only heard tidbits of her book, so I can’t wait to read it!
Then tomorrow is John’s Quick Recall competition. It won’t be as long a day as last time, but it’s a longer drive. I have pain pills and heat packs ready 🙂
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