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We are all just stories in the end. Official scribe to his Royal Highness King Sombra of the Crystal Empire. His tales are as varied as they are poignant, sad and bittersweet. Remember them well.

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Oct
22nd
2018

I'm alive...kinda, sorta. · 5:55pm Oct 22nd, 2018

I've been quiet the last month and want to let everypony know why. A month ago tomorrow I had bragged about a new story I was excited to be working on and how it was going to be premiered "soon". Ah, the best laid plans and all that...

The day after I wrote that last blog, I knew I had to go back to the chiropractor 'cause mine had been out a few weeks with some horrid, intestinal parasite (so much for her "eating healthy") and went hunting for a new, local one. I found one in my local networking group and went that Friday.

He sent me out for x-rays the next Monday (never a good thing to hear when they want xrays), which I brought to him the next day. Whelp, it turns out I have Osteoarthritis in my spine. It's basically arthritis, but throughout the entire spinal column.

Sounds horrible? Potentially it is. I caregive for a man with arthritis in his knees and he is wheelchair bound half the time and in agony walking the rest. I also have several compressed discs and one that is almost completely GONE. I lived with a roommate who has disc problems and her life is a living hell. I panicked when I heard the prognosis, but he assured me the good news is that, amazingly, it is REVERSIBLE.

There are a couple of phases to treating it, which are all non-surgical. The adjustments I've started for this however, leave me in a good deal of pain the first few days (or weeks as in the case of the first two weeks) and drain my energy down to practically nothing. Those first two weeks I had BARELY enough energy to get through work and that was it. Now, a month later, it is getting better, but being forced to sleep on my back is painful and uncomfortable after only 4 hours of sleep and isn't helped by aspirin or ice packs as I was encouraged to utilize.

In the long run I am looking forward to 4-6 months of treatment for the compressed discs, spinal calcification, lack of curve in my spine and a bad curvature in my neck. It'll include traction and weights, which I am SO not looking forward to, but the alternative of neuropathy, loss of motion and function in my body is a worse fate, so I am taking the pain now instead of an old age unable to write or move as well as I can at this early age of 55.

I've been able to slowly adapt to feeling better quicker after each adjustment and have seen some strange side benefits that were unexpected to my health. Right now I am just waiting for the supplements to come in I'll be taking and hoping I get my writing mojo back soon. Until then, I'll do the best I can to get back into the swing of writing, especially with the vague promises of King Sombra returning in Spring for the final season of this incarnation of MLP. I have a lot of storytelling before that happens, if it does.

Keep your fingers crossed I can get through this.

Nyx

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Comments ( 3 )

Good luck, Nyx!

I need to get into a chiropractor myself at some point in the near future :/ been needing to see one for years now. But, I'm young yet, (27) so I doubt I'm as bad off as you. But I really hope you get better, as it's always unfortunate to see a fellow author get taken out like this!

So, good luck and feel better! Don't worry about stories and stuff, we'll all be here when you are ready to release your next Sombra story :D

Good luck!

I wish you good Fortune.

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