Monthly Archives: September 2014

Don’t ignore a pain in your neck!

Hello all:

For the last few years I have had a pain in my neck and right shoulder that has gotten progressively worse. I initially ignored it and I was able to make it through each day with minor consequences. However, during the last year this discomfort increased.When I was in the work world, I spent about half of each day at a computer. Even though, (as a Nursing Administrator), I had secretarial support to complete complex documents,I still preferred to compose my own memos, letters, or other documents on the computer. This was a time saver for me.

As time went by the discomfort in my neck could no longer be ignored. I finally went to my MD. He gave me cortisone injections in the neck which was helpful for a few weeks. When I returned to him with further complaints, he ordered an MRI.The results showed that I had a herniated disc in my neck.I was very surprised.How did this happen, I wondered?

I am bringing this to your attention, because a physical problem that is not treated can cause anyone ( especially a retiree) to suffer needlessly.How many times have we ignored health problems, and just failed to face the truth of the matter? I really got serious about getting a solution to my problem when the pain, headaches, and discomfort increased.

So here I am, months later attending Physical Therapy sessions twice weekly. If you have never had Physical Therapy, let me say that it is very effective in the long run, but painful in the short term. Therapists are trained to ensure that we stretch, and move when we do not want to. They give us seemingly simple exercises that with repetition are oh, so painful!

I am a firm believer in Physical Therapy, however. The pain is worthwhile- no pain no gain? I have had great results in the past for other conditions. There are some immediate benefits too. At the end of each session, warm, or sometimes cold compresses are applied to the injured part. Depending on the injury, a massage could even be included! Needless to say that this can be very relaxing.

I encourage all of us as we approach retirement, and at subsequent times,to follow up on our health issues.Ignorance is not bliss! There are many modalities and treatments that can help us to enjoy a healthy retirement.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject? Please leave me your comments.


Hello again:

I like to be thankful to God for my blessings.One blessing that I am really thankful for is my family.What a joy it is to spend quality time with my children and grand children!This past Monday was a holiday (Labor day),and I had the chance to spend several hours with my son, my daughter, and their two children. I was glad that my son in law was also there.

We had a fun day on board one of the ships at the port before it sailed out to sea.We had special permission that allowed us to tour the ship, have all you can eat of the delicious food, and to relax to our hearts content! Of course we had to go through a strict security process before we could enter the ship, but once on board we were glad to enjoy all of the amenities.

There were hundreds of vacationers making their way on board for their cruise to the Caribbean.So much hustle and bustle! I was ready to take a cruise myself, but I realized that I had to plan that for another day.Touring the ship with family was such a joy that it did not matter so much that we had to leave the ship at the end of the 4 hour tour.

To my grand sons ( 1 year and 4 years old), the highlight of the tour was the time that they spent in the children’s area. They enjoyed the freedom of running, jumping, and anything else that they wanted to do among the kid friendly furniture. There were colorful balls, brightly colored toys,numerous books, puzzles and games.There was also outdoor space designed just for the little ones. They could play hide and seek, go down the slides as fast as they could, or any other fun thing that they liked.They had so much fun that it was hard for the grownups to get them to leave!

What can I say about the food! Delicious, scrumptious, mouth watering…We delighted in the rich variety of food.Specialty hamburgers,chicken served numerous ways, pies, cookies, cakes, ice cream. The list seemed endless! It was so difficult to choose. I decided that I would throw caution to the wind and forget my diet for that day. I can only say that I enjoyed every bite!

Looking back,I can truly say that having a family, and being able to share this time with them is one of the joys of my retirement.

I would love to get your comments, and how you share your time with family and friends.