The other day, I was thinking about how now and then, I get a few numb fingers in a hand or even a completely numb hand when I’m sleeping. Boy, is it hard to shut off the alarm clock when you can’t feel it! I ended up using my mouth that morning.
What’s going on is, a nerve in my neck is getting pinched, and is affecting my hands. Seeing my chiropractor, getting massages, and doing energy work on it, is helping to improve it all.
And then I thought of my Mom, who, a little over a year ago, fell in her house and was down on the floor for 2 days. Since then, she’s had trouble with some of the fingers on her left hand being numb. After seeing orthopedic doctors and doing some physical therapy (and this has been going on for 15 months), she still has 2 numb fingers. I began to wonder if her problem might be coming from her neck (like mine).
So, I called her. I told her about my neck and fingers and asked her if anyone had done anything about her neck. No. She tells me the issue is in her elbow not her neck. Ok. Well… it’s been 15 months and it’s still not better. Maybe, just maybe, the neck might be involved. No, she tells me. It’s the elbow. She does not see chiropractors. She does not do energy work. I can hear between the lines that she doesn’t want my advice. After all, I didn’t go to medical school. All I do is listen to my intuition.
With this being the first Christmas that Mom will be a widow, I thought I’d go visit her for a week or 10 days. But, due to cost and schedules, it’s better for me to go in January. So, my husband got some time off in mid-January, in order to be home with our son. I called Mom to tell her my plans. Ok, she says. She asked me if I had a calendar. Yes. How about if I fly out Friday, January 18 and then return Monday. No, Monday is a holiday. How about if you fly back on Tuesday January 22? Ok, I said, quickly jotting down the dates.
After I hung up, I looked at the dates again. Wait! She must have made a mistake. Those dates would give me 3 days out there, across country, sandwiched between 2 days of travel. She must have been off a week. I’ll check with her again.
The next day I called again to re-confirm the dates. There was no mistake. She only wants me there for a few days. Once again, I can hear between the lines. Reeeee- jected!
I’m not going. There’s a 3 day weekend in January that my husband now has off. I’m going to take my kid and my hubby and go away for a fun 3 day weekend.