Sunday, March 02, 2008

What a Pain in the Neck!

So there we were, running our usual Saturday errands with the kids. The sun is out. The birds are chirping. The kids are happy. All is well in our little universe.

Then, out of NOWHERE jumps this killer beast with fangs the size of ice picks. It broke through our car window and latched onto Corinne's neck with nothing short of a death-grip! Lucky for Corinne, I was a Boy Scout growing up - I just happened to have my secret decoder Indiana Jones whip with me in my trusty ol' satchel. With one hand on the wheel and a symphony playing my theme song in the background, I reached down, grabbed my whip, and with the sound of thunder CRACKED it around the beast's torso. Muscles glimmering in the sun, I let out a ferocious mountain-man roar and launched that beast off my fair maiden.

OK, maybe not. But it could've happened, and you know it.

Want the real story? All right, so there we were, driving along in suburbia VA, and Corinne decided to take a peek at Tay in the back seat. She didn't make any sudden movements; no quick jerks or violent turns ... she just turned around nice & slowly to look at sweet Tay, when she felt (and heard) a loud POP in the back of her neck. Next thing I know, she's writhing in pain and can't move her head. Not up, not down, not left, not right.

Thanks to the wonderful advice nurse at Kaiser, we quickly ruled out the possibility that she had a rash. Reason #138 I could never have passed med school - you have to come up with the stupidest questions to ask patients.

Turns out she sprained her neck. In her own words, "It's the most painful thing I've ever experienced." My only reference point to that would be when I passed a couple of kidney gems last summer. That definitely wasn't any fun, so trying to imagine something more painful than that ... well, thanks but no thanks.

And - I have to mention - not only can Corinne keep her smile (I have proof people ... just take a gander below), but she can REFUSE ... that's right ... REFUSE the [very strong] pain medication and muscle relaxant the doc prescribed her b/c she doesn't want it to be passed along to Tay through her breastmilk. OK, I'm officially humbled by this woman.

So lessons learned: #1) Don't ever ever turn around in the car to look at your kids - don't want to sprain your neck; #2) Don't ever ever tell a Kaiser advice nurse you can't move your head up, down, left, or right - she might give you a steroid cream to clear up that rash; and #3) Don't ever ever try to mess with Corinne. This is a no-wimp zone, folks. No wimps here baby; no wimps here.

17 comments:

Kimberly said...

How long are you going to make us wait to hear your story? :-)

Jroo said...

Not long ... just long enough to gather the right pictures. Trust me, it's worth the wait!

Melissa H said...

I can't wait to see! And, I can't believe we will see you guys in 2 1/2 weeks!!

The Tufts said...

Corinne-
Thanks again for the email! You have such a beautiful family and are doing so many wonderful things. Way to go! I guess I will have to join the suspense club as we wait to find out what happened....
--Bethany

Kirk said...

Ya...I wanna hear it too Jroo!

Kelly Whitmer Vaisey said...

ouch! i hope your neck sprain heals quickly! Nice to see your smiling still:)

Hannah said...

Corinne I'm so sorry! Considering the "painful" things I know you have experienced in your life, it must really hurt! You definitely are brave and I agree with Drew that you are definitely "no wimp!"

...It's a good thing I didn't go into labor this weekend :).

Palmer Family said...

Oh Corinne! Here I am thinking my life is pretty cruddy and you have a sprained neck! I'm so sorry! I hope you get better quickly. I have to say, you are definitely the cutest person I have ever seen in a neck brace. :)

ej said...

Oh Corinne! I wondered why you weren't at church, is that why? I am so sorry! Do you need anything at all? Please call, I can even come get the kids if it would give you a chance to rest your little neck. So sorry!

Emily said...

I'm empathetic, but also admit to being very entertained by Drew's rendition of the whole account. Way to have a sense of humor. The funniest thing I can think to say is at least you're not "a pain in the neck." Ha, Ha. Corinne, you do to many good things to be slowed down. I wish you a quick recovery and deep slumbers.

Jaimee said...

that sounds awful! Crossing my fingers that you get some good rest. Oh, by the way, I tagged you for some random facts. Go to my blog and check it out.

Kelly said...

Hope you're feeling better, Corinne. I nearly sprained my won neck throwing my head back in laughter at Drew's version of the story.

Melissa H said...

You probably have enough to worry about Corinne, call the advice nurse back and tell her you have a rash! Good luck!!!

Kimberly said...

Nice story Drew - have you ever considered writing for a living? :-) Anyway, bummer about your neck Corinne. I agree with a comment above - you're the cutest person I've ever seen in a neck brace! Hope it's feeling better soon...

Lisa O said...

Oh my Corinne! I hope you have a speedy recovery. I wish I was there to make you an oreo shake. Mmmmm- oreos make everything better! Loved your rendition of the story Drew!

Kirk said...

Awww...that's no fun...hope you get better soon. You've got awesome jroo to take care you jyou. I'm sure you'll be ok, but hopefully it's soon, sorry 'bout that. Say hi to Carter and Taylor for me! You guys are awesome!

Alexandria said...

You poor thing. I always turn around in my car to check on kids, I'll think twice next time. I hope it heals quickly!