10-minute Free-Write Challenge: The Memory of a Physical Injury
Pain, once subsided, is soon forgotten. You might talk about how painful something was, but you don’t truly remember the exact feeling you had at the time you were experiencing it do you?
I had an accident coming up to 12 years ago this summer. I was 11 weeks pregnant at the time. The fall caused me to break my wrist and damage the ligaments in my shoulder. The baby, thank goodness, was absolutely fine and will soon be celebrating her 12th Birthday.
The pain of the fall has long been forgotten, the scars have healed and the bones mended, but the physical injury has left it’s mark in other ways: the remnants of the injuries I sustained have stayed with me for years.
Three pregnancies later, coupled with bad posture from holding little ones, I’ve been left with neck and shoulder problems that extend down my back, all of which need regular treatment.
Every time I feel my shoulders stiffening and I get a headache due to the neck pain, I’m reminded of that fall. It comes back to me every time my back feels like it’s going to give out (and it has done that once).
Thanks to a bizarre skidding incident down my front path whilst wearing inappropriate flip flops, I’ve been left with problems that I’m constantly having to manage.
Exercise (done the right way), plus chiropractic treatment and sports massage therapy help to manage the pain, but it’s always there as a reminder of that day.
This is what the memory of a physical injury means to me. Back and neck pain isn’t life threatening, but it’s constantly there, making me conscious of the way I sit, move or stand (and it’s annoying too). We all suffer from bad posture to an extent, so no doubt you know a little about what I mean.
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