My car, Victoria, has had her share of minor car accidents. But this is the first time that I had to undergo therapy for an injury that I thought was never there. Since the time I had the neck brace on until today, I have learned and realized some things that I’d like to share with you.
01. A neck injury is not like fixing any plumbing fixtures found in your house – Whiplash injury isn’t something to be taken lightly. I waited 3 days before I went to see a doctor only to find out that I’m more damaged than my car – a lesson that I learned the hard way.
02. No matter how careful you drive, there will always be someone who’s gonna be reckless and you’ll be caught by surprise – Oh yeah! This was what happened to me. My car was stationary, waiting for our turn to enter the parking area, when the other car slammed me from behind. Sometimes, you are just caught at the wrong place and the wrong time.
03. Neck injury is hard to manage – for someone like me who can’t stay still, I have to adjust my activity to help hasten my recovery. Lie down if I have to lie down. Sleep when I need to rest. Take a bath slowly so as not to further strain my neck and arms. I had to learn how to move slow and stay still – something that I wouldn’t want to happen again in the near future.
04. Learn how to say no – I had to say “No” to some invitations only because I can’t drive to go to where I’m supposed to go.
05. The neck brace helps – It may be hard to be walking around with a neck brace but it has helped me a lot in managing the strain and pain around my neck area.
06. The neck brace looks weird but it can be cool fashion accessory – For some strange reason, I found the neck brace as a weird-but-can-be-cool fashion accessory. My colleagues called it a “choker” when they saw me last Monday. And because of that, they’re gonna bejewel and bedazzle my neck brace when I go back to work.
07. Everyone’s curious to know the reason behind the neck brace – Every cab driver and person I have encountered never failed to ask about what happened to my neck. People are just generally curious to know what’s with the added “accessory.”
08. People are more compassionate when they see someone in a neck brace – I appreciate the fact that people can be more giving and compassionate to someone who obviously is not well. That’s just really nice of them.
09. Our office is not well-equipped for people who might have injuries or disabilities – I am temporarily disabled due to the injury. I did go to work last Monday, only to find out that no matter how much I adjust my monitor’s eye level and my office chair, I wouldn’t last the day because I don’t have ergonomic office equipment to support my current condition. Oh well!
10. Being on neck brace can turn you into a messy person when eating – It’s hard to chew, I cannot eat soup properly and I feel that I have to turn into a cadet to be able to eat properly. I just hope this will never happen again – EVER!
11. Seeing beautiful things can hasten recovery – What I love about the rehabilitation center that I go to is that the staff is composed of beautiful people who are all accommodating, amiable, friendly, helpful and work with a genuine smile on their faces. They love what they do and they make the extra effort to make all their patients comfortable as they could be.
12. I have rediscovered my love for Seattle’s Best’s Almond Italian Soda with Milk – ‘Nuff said 🙂
13. Physical injuries will eventually heal – Physical injuries can easily be addressed with therapy and medication but injuries of the heart (read: emotions) takes more than that.