July 16th, 2002


That wasn't so bad...

had my first adjustment from the chiropractor this evening. Not bad at all. He started by checking for tenderness in my muscles and then checking the way my body hung. After his initial examination he determined that I was suffering from a couple of problems which are pretty standard to auto wreck victims.

The first was basically my pelvis being slightly disjointed. My bottom vertebrae were contorted, and the hips weren't quite socketed right. This caused one of my legs to not quite hang as low as it should.

Second I had similar problem with several vertebrae in my back and neck being twisted wrong and not sitting right. He popped these back in. Once he did this, it became a lot easier to move my neck again. I don't quite have full mobility, but it a whole lot better... I can actually look to my right without turning my whole body (that had frozen up on Sunday).

The third and most serious problem (and the one that apparently is causing all of this to recur) is that the muscles in my back had become so swollen that they were twisting and contorting my my spine. My spine was crushing the nerves in my spinal cord in bad ways, not only causing pain, but also causing the muscles those nerves were connected to tense up more, thus twisting my spine more, thus crushing the nerves more, etc... this is apparently why I was getting worse and not better. Anyway, they hooked me up to some machine that sends electric shocks to my back and loosens up the muscles... They also told me to keep them iced to try and reverse the swelling. This won't totally work, and I need to go back on wednesday (by which time my spine will probably have retwisted itself but hopefully not as bad).

I have appointments for wed and thur. In theory, after a few weeks of doing this, the muscles will have healed and won't be twisting me out of shape anymore... my goal is to be ok by mid August for another rafting trip.
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Things that happened on my birthday

So I already knew that I shared a birthday with Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa from the Cosby Show) and Dom DeLuise (2nd fiddle to Burt Reynolds, looks a lot like Paul Prudhomme) and Francis Scott Key (writer of some silly little song or something), but I just looked up other interesting things about my birthday.

  • Juliet Capulet's birthday. - You know, you'd think in one of the billion times that I've read that play, I would have noticed, but I never did. And yet its true.
  • Herman Melville's birthday
  • Oxygen was discovered - exactly 200 years to the day I was born.
  • Switzerland was founded
  • Colorado became the 38th state
  • MTV premiered - actually, now that I think about it, I actually remember that happening on my 7th birthday... I had just forgotten
  • Anne Frank's Last Diary Entry - Something else you'd think I'd have noticed at some point.
  • A Hard Day's Night by the Beatles - Reached #1 exactly 10 years to the day I was born.
  • Amazing Fantasy #15 - Published by Marvel Comics in 1962... the final issue of a more or less unnotable series. - Thwip!
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