ACDF to Relieve Cervical Herniated Disc – Pain in the Neck

cervical herniated disc

If you have ever experienced prolonged neck or back pain, my sincerest sympathies go out to you!  I had a cervical herniated disc – Its something that disturbs every aspect of daily – AND nightly existence.  It’s that nagging pain that keeps you awake at night not able to pay attention to anything that anyone is saying.  Look at that picture above… see how my spinal cord is ever so crooked there in the middle? … that is what you call a “Pain in the Neck!” That little imperfection caused me so much suffering for what seemed like an eternity, me not being me.

It showed its ugly face to me one morning. A day earlier I had enjoyed a full afternoon riding my moto-scooter through the glorious curvy Tuscan roads visiting vineyards and quaint Tuscan hill-towns with friends.  This particular morning I awoke with a slight back and neck ache… not any different from many other mornings; I sleep in weird curled-up positions & wake with random aches and pains.  I took some Advil, tried to walk it off, rubbed some ointment on my back… yet nothing could dull the agony.  The pain would not shut-up. Day after day, slightly worse, horrific, then unbearable.  After a week, I couldn’t feel my hand… numbness radiating into my left arm and hand. Frantically trying to restore my body, I sought out a masseuse to ease the tension in my muscles that were harder than Mount Rushmore.  After an hour of massage and feeling electricity shoot into my arm, I walked out of the massage in a stream of tears.  Massages are enlightening! This was sheer torture.  I knew right then that something was seriously wrong.

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Why I Stuffed my Boyfriend’s Body in the Trunk of My Car

1996 teal chevrolet cavalier trunk Red Velvet Voyage Why I stuffed my boyfriend into the trunk of my car
As a travel addict you will do anything to get to your final destination

This is the tale of my first desperate act in the name of travel addiction…

Ok, you caught me… I did it!  I stuffed the body of my 6′-10″ tall dark & handsome boyfriend into the trunk of my car.  So what?  I mean really, Haven’t you wanted to put your significant other in the trunk before?… locked up, no escaping… in control.  Bye-Bye Boyfriend.  And honestly I didn’t get into that much trouble.  I almost got kicked out of my Private-All-Girl-Baptist-College.  I had to go before the Board of Directors, the Student Council – and believe me that Student President was more like Student PrudaBitch! Dealing with her was the worst part of the entire incident.  I had to write a freaking essay about “How I am not Above the Law.”  I actually had to rewrite it a second time because they didn’t think my first attempt was sincere enough.  I spent endless hours serving community service with the head janitor and we pretty much just sat around shooting the shit and smoking cigarettes… And to top it off my boyfriend still loved me after it was all said and done!

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Americans Put Ketchup on Everything!

Americans Put Catsup on Everything!

I was warned in advance, don’t sit beside any Italian Mamma at the dinner table; they will continuously shovel spoonfuls of food on your plate.  “Mangia! Mangia! Too skinny… you need to eat!”  It was the summer of 2003, one of the most scorching summers in Italy’s record the first time I met Grazia, my adorable Italian mother-in-law.  It was that night that I realized we Americans have a stereotypical obsession with ketchup!

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Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected

Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.  The Path of Life is Unexpected

Did you ever really think your life would be what it is today? Did you plan it out to perfection only to realize the exact opposite of what you had always visioned? Trust me when I say, Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.Paulo Coelho

For my entire life growing up, I always imagined I’d do everything the same way that my parents had, the “happily ever after” parts of course.  I’d be married by 24, have 3 kids, a girl and a boy and whatever came next.  I would be a professional Artist Type.  My husband would be just like my father: humorous, charming, and a super loving Life-of-the-Party!  I would be the best friends to my kids & so wise, speaking honesty from the heart, just like my mother!  My kids would be exceptional in school and quirky artsy with Mohawks and colored hair.

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Gary Goldschneider calls me a “Grounded Wanderer”

Gary Goldschneider calls me a "Grounded Wanderer" Red Velvet Voyage is a personal travel blog site where I share my random experiences. Here I am on a scooter on a day ride in Greece.

In the Book “The Secret Language of Birthdays” Gary Goldschneider calls me a “Grounded Wanderer” meaning traits typical of my birthdate are IMAGINATIVE, FREE-SPIRITED, GIVING, NERVOUS, UNSETTLED, & NEUROTIC, your typical Travel Addict!  

At sixteen years old with hot-pink hair, exaggerated baggy wide-legged skater pants, and a tiny midriff, I came across the most amazing book that to this day continues to astound me.  It was in Borders, right at the time when big-box megastores were transforming the way that we shopped, the early 90’s. The book is “The Secret Language of Birthdays” by Gary Goldschneider.  To this day I still look to this book & another of his, “The Secret Language of Relationships” as encyclopedia value.  I don’t know how he does it, but to me Gary Goldschneider is a genius, fortune-telling, mind-reading guru who can say or do no wrong in my book.  Maybe because I am head over heels in truth about HIS dedication to the day I was born.  Maybe because he predicted the break up of my last serious relationship for the exact reasons that were.  Maybe because he wrote my husband and I a relationship to out-stand cockroaches on Earth.  However the fact, I am and will forever be, The Grounded Wanderer!

Those born on this day are wanderers by nature and therefore either love to travel, or are somehow driven to do so. This theme of wandering or travel in their lives usually takes a real form, but can also be a metaphor for mental and emotional adventures as well. Indeed the literal and figurative are not mutually exclusive here. Reading, thinking, dreaming, traveling—both physically and psychically wandering—these are the kinds of activities which interest those born on this day.Gary Goldschneider

from The Secret Language of Birthdays

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