Just another Manic Monday.

28 Jul

Remember The Bangles? They were one of my favorite groups in high school. And their Manic Monday lyrics do a good job of describing how my week started. Actually, the mess started last week, but Monday was the worst.

I woke up last Thursday with a headache. By noon, it had turned into a major stiff neck. I figured I must have slept on it wrong or something, but I woke up Friday morning and it was even worse. I couldn’t turn my head left or right and it hurt. So I called my beloved chiropractor and he was on vacation! Nooo! The earliest they could get me in was Monday at 3 p.m. So I took the appointment and dealt with the neck thing all weekend.

Finally…Monday’s appointment. I told Doc what was going on and he helped me relax then did one heckuva big crack on my neck. I’ve never heard it that loud and I’ve been to the chiropractor a zillion times. Whew!

When we left there, it had settled a little and I was starting to feel better. We headed down the road and were only about 2 miles away when BAM! I got rear-ended by the car behind me. So much for my newly-adjusted neck. I had noticed the cars in front of me braking quickly so I looked in my rearview mirror and could see the guy behind me was coming fast. I tried to swerve into the center turning lane to get out of his way, but he slammed into me anyway. After calling 911, I called my chiropractor and told him what happened. We made an appointment for the next day so the boys and I could get checked out.

The police arrived and the other guy got cited and we left to head home. Thank goodness I had already planned an easy dinner, right? Yeah… By the time we got home it was almost 6:00 so I started dicing potatoes as fast as I could to get them in the oven and I managed to slice off the edge of my finger with the knife. ARGH! WHAT A DAY!

I do have to say, though, that dinner was a total success. Jason helped me get the vegs diced and into the oven for roasting — redskin potatoes and onions, plus zucchini and yellow squash from our garden, tossed in olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Yum. But the best part was the sandwiches we made. Tomato & Provolone Sandwiches from the August 2010 issue of Eating Well magazine. Did I say YUM already? I could eat these every day for lunch. I totally veganized the recipe and even the kids loved it. The recipe makes an herb-infused mayonnaise spread so I substituted Veganaise for the mayo. Then you use big, juicy fresh tomatoes and provolone cheese. I used smoked provolone soy cheese slices. (It’s the only fake cheese I’ve found that tastes good and melts). Rather than use the broiler, as in the recipe, I assembled the sandwiches and put them in the George Foreman Grill so they were toasty like paninis. Oh, man. Delicious! And so fast and easy to make.

So my neck is a mess again. Bruising, swelling, and bucketloads of pain. He did a minor adjustment Tuesday, but wanted to let it have a few days to settle and get the swelling down so I’m going back in on Friday morning. But, on a good note, Eating Well challenge recipe #6 is a success!

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5 Responses to “Just another Manic Monday.”

  1. ErinGoBragh July 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Oh, geeze, that's aweful! I'm so sorry you've had that kind of week. Dealing with any neck or back pain is bad enough, but then to have an accident and all that stress.. I am SO glad that you get chiropractic care; a lot of people won't and they just live with chronic problems!
    Those panini look YUMMY! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tamie Spears July 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    Thanks, Erin! My chiropractor totally rocks. I've had chiropractic care for probably 15 years, whenever necessary. Plus, he's my go-to guy for any alternative medicine questions or advice. My BP is still hovering where it's been for a couple months and not going down lower, so I'm now considering an acupuncturist, with my chiropractor's guidance.

  3. ErinGoBragh July 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Great! Accupuncture is great, and circulatory massage (Swedish massage) has been shown to reduce BP as well.

  4. Tamie Spears July 29, 2010 at 4:18 am #

    I wonder if it would help my neck pain. I can't believe how much it still hurts. Insane.

  5. ErinGoBragh July 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Yes it would help your neck pain. That's what massage is all about.

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