If the patch fits…

Mike pulled something in his neck/shoulder area this past week and after a day of watching him experience the pain associated with it and urging him to do something to help alleviate the pain (to no avail), I put my foot down.  Not on his neck and shoulder area…I didn’t do one of those walking on his back things that those skilled in such things do.  I don’t want to be the reason he has to go to the chiropractor with a story that starts off with, “Well you see, my girlfriend was walking on my back…”.  No thanks. 

I put my proverbial foot down and told him he needed to either use some product or take some medication to address the problem.  I can live without the macho, “I can work through it…” crap – especially when the subject in question isn’t working through it.   Oh yes, it is probably abundantly clear at this point that my nurturing nursing skills are fairly non-existent.  Subjecting oneself to unnecessary pain does not make sense to my logical brain (and I am not talking the kind of pain in – no pain, no gain – I am talking about being injured pain).

So after a day of moans and “ouchs” when he turned his head, I went to my medicine cabinet and collected everything that I believed could possibly be of utility in putting the pain to bed (and allowing me to go to bed without a whole night of unproductive moaning – and yes, I am going to leave it at that). ;-)

I found in my healthcare stash a ThermaCare heat patch that I received as a sample once upon a time that looked like it was the best option.  The only problem was that it was labeled as being for menstrual cramp relief.  I read the back of the package and it didn’t say anywhere that it couldn’t be used on the neck/shoulder area so I offered it up to Mike as the best option.  He balked…something about the linkage to menstrual cramps…he just wasn’t buying it.  But the patch – which had sort of a moth shape (I imagine to provide heat to the ovaries) - looked like it was the perfect fix for the situation; and truth be told, there was no way I was going to accept no for an answer and then have to live with the results: a moody man in pain all night (ah, the irony of it all).  The menstrual cramp heat patch claimed it would provide eight hours of relief; and by that time quite frankly, I was beginning to be more concerned with my relief than his.

It took some convincing, but eventually the patch was in place and allowed both me and Mike a good night’s sleep without pain or moaning.  And the lesson learned from this little experience ladies and gentlemen is: If the patch fits, wear it. ;-)

Day eight hundred and thirty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to If the patch fits…

  1. Shari says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing. This blog is my new favorite!
    Hope, Mike’s ovaries feels better soon.

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