Alex Polson's Personal Blog

Back problems and Europe

Posted: 2008-04-30T13:02Z[UTC] by Alex

It's been a while since I've written so figured I'd give an update as to what's going on for the one or two (or fewer) readers that I have.

About two months ago now I was in the shower washing my hair and the muscles in my back suddenly tensed up and I couldn't turn my neck and could hardly move my left arm. The pain slowly subsided over a few days and I thought everything was okay. Unfortunately, the same thing happened again about a month later and rather than ignore it this time I decided to do something about it. One of Sari's coworkers suggested going to a chiropractor in Ballard called Divine Spine. They were very accommodating and were able to see me within about an hour of calling. Several measurements were taken regarding my posture, etc and because of the severity of the problem I was having they also took x-rays. I was also lucky enough to have time for my first adjustment. All the pops and cracks in my neck and back that ensued were intimidating but not painful. Mostly they just caused me to laugh out loud for some reason. Very strange. I went back to the chiropractor a few more times before being presented the results of my x-rays. It turns out I have scoliosis! Who is diagnosed with scoliosis at 29!? According to my doctor this is something that has been going on very gradually for several years. Since then I've been going pretty regularly and have seen quite a bit of improvement. I was also lucky enough to get a massage from our good friend Charity last Sunday. Sari and I were both like jello the rest of the day but also feel much better. Definitely well worth all the effort so we don't have to deal with as much pain when we go to Europe...

Sari and I have been planning a trip to the UK and Paris for about a year now. The plan is to visit some of my extended family around London and to of course see the sights in both London and Paris. Sari has never been outside of the country before (except for Canada) so she's a nervous and excited all at the same time. I expect it will simply feed her desire to travel even more in the future.

Turns out there are a lot of old friends from my past on Facebook that I've been discovering lately. My latest discovery is my old friend Kim Drever who was one of my childhood neighbors growing up. We bumped into each other recently at our QFC in Greenwood and I was delighted to find her on Facebook as well.

That's all for now. I'll be keeping a journal of our adventures in Europe though I probably won't be able to post them until we get back.

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