To Cancel or Not to Cancel? It’s Not a Decision I Make Lightly

To Cancel or Not to Cancel? It’s Not a Decision I Make Lightly
I’m having one of those decision days. Everyone with a chronic illness has them. Yesterday, I didn't feel well. My back muscles were so tight and painful that I expected the all-too-familiar throb of nerve pain to begin at any minute. Because I’ll do anything to prevent that agony, I spent most of the day resting and reading in bed, getting up only to stretch, eat, apply heat or ice, or use the bathroom. That was fine yesterday when I didn't have any commitments. But I’ve been looking forward to dinner with a friend tonight at a restaurant 30 minutes away, and I am feeling only slightly better. I'm determined to do everything possible to attend this dinner, so the first thing I did was meditate. I’ve found a new variation of the technique I wrote about in a recent column. Isha Kriya is simple to learn and only takes 12 minutes from beginning to end. A complete cycle is twice a day for 48 days. I’m giving it a try. After meditating, I used a heating pad for half an hour and I gently did the stretches I’ve learned from physical therapists. I followed that with 20 minutes on an ice pack. Finally, I lay on a rubber therapy ball to try to release painful trigger points. The key is finding the perfect spot. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful. The good news is that after all that effort, I didn't feel any worse. The bad news is that I knew from experience how vulnerable I was. Sitting for too long, sitting on a hard or uncomfortable chair, being in a drafty lo
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