"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Friday, June 11, 2010

conditionally independent

This morning I saw my chiropractor again. "Good morning," he said. "Raise your right knee ... how have you been?" "Really busy," I answered, shifting to raise the other knee. "I have an exam next week."

"On your back," he said. "What are you taking?"

"Soshuved," I answered, and we chatted for a bit.

Then - "what's this, gardening?" he asked.

"What's what?"

A wave of the hand, encompassing my entire body - "... this ..." The tone of voice indicated that I was messed up in a number of places.

"Oh," I said. "Yes, gardening. And studying. Hunching over desks and laptops."

"Mmm-hmmm," he said.

"Oh, and I helped someone move."

"There it is," he said.

"Yep," I said. "I ran out of Advil, so I figured it was time to come and see you again."

We chatted a bit more, he fixed what ailed me, and I left, feeling much better. No mention of toes today.


The other day, Spike and I had a conversation where he commented that I'm one of the most independent women he knows. Don't worry - it was a compliment - he says his mom was like that too. It means he doesn't have to worry too much about me.

But ... I'm really starting to think that my secret might be my chiropractor. If he wasn't around ... well, eventually you might just find me curled up in a corner on the floor, buzzed on Advil, with a heated pillow on my neck. Not exactly the picture of an independent woman.

I'm not sure what to do with that thought. I'll just ponder it for awhile....


Anonymous said...

I don't think "independent" equals "all by myself all the time", as in "me do! me do! doan hep me!!"

Rather, it means, "I am strong! I am voman! I haf RESOURCES!!"

"And - I know how to use dem!"


Anonymous said...

I must admit I was a little envious when I read all it took for you to feel better was to visit your chiropractor.
I am now over it and happy to hear you are feeling better.

TheDaddys1princess said...

And this is exactly why I always tell you NOT to go back to school. It wrecks your back! There's NO point to it!!!

Janer said...

I like your definition of independent, Anon. I have resources, and I know how to use them. Which can include other people's help. I'm only realizing recently that I need to ask for it more often, and that includes from Chiropractors (or in my case, massage therapists.) Or I too would end up high on over the counter drugs and curled up in a ball somewhere. So this post was a timely reminder for me Patti. (Esp. as the daughter of the Mom who was like that... ;-)

BanjoSue said...

I value my chiropractor. He often makes the difference with an adjustment, and/or has a good followup suggestion on how to avoid the source of pain the future. He is a valuable member of my health care team. I call his treatments, "my big back attack". Good for you Patti!