The sun is shining and a light breeze is blowing as I sit on my porch writing this. My heart and soul are at ease and the joy is just bubbling out of me. Why, you ask? Let me tell you…
My body has been through the ringer. Aside from the general aches and pains that come from living with dwarfism, I also experience serious discomfort in my knees due to some severely loose ligaments etc. Massages feel great, Aleve reduces the aches, yoga loosens the stiffness and brings me peace of mind but I have never really found a solution and at this point I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that it is something I will live with. (Please don’t think that I am complaining, just being honest.)
Anyway, yesterday it was girls night after a sunshine filled day at the beach. We weren’t set on doing anything specific; it was a ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ kind of night. Well we found ourselves at the opening of the Ecohealth Wellness Center here in Charleston. They offer everything from massage to facials to chiropractic services.
I may or may not have commandeered a Migun massage bed for fifteen or so minutes. Whilst visitors were touring the space, there I was with my sunglasses on and headphones laying very relaxed and nearly lifeless in the massage room. Sorry, I’m not sorry. After that lovely little treat, we ventured back to the chiropractic room.
All of my life I have been refused by chiropractors. Individuals with dwarfism have narrowed spinal columns and one wrong move could result in paralysis. So I can fairly say that I had little interest in what the doc had to say. However, as he chatted with Elli and began to work on her I became slightly fascinated. He began talking about things that I could barely wrap my mind around and I like it. The adjustments he made were slight and gentle. The way he worked with has hands was mesmerizing and I couldn’t help but smile for E when she stood up feeling like a new gal.
At the same time my heart sank, I only wished that there was something that he could do for me. In that very moment, Elli looked at me and then at the doc and just flat out asked, “Would you work on her?” He looked at the two of us completely puzzled like it was a silly question and replied, “Of course.” I think i just raised my eyebrows with an expression that read, “Are you shitting me?!” on my face. On the inside, I had been knocked off my rocker. Was he serious?
Yes. He was. In fact, he had worked on individuals with dwarfism before and knew what could and could not be done. Fair enough sir, let’s see what you have up those magical sleeves of yours. So I hopped my little bottom up onto the table and just went with it.
Before he even laid his hands on me, he was standing at the end of the table by my feet and just said, “Wow.” Just laying ‘comfortably’ on the table, my left leg was two inches longer than my right. That, my friends is how catawampus my pelvis is. And then things started happening and he moved one leg one way and the other leg another way and asked me to resist him pushing my left leg towards the table – this was a major fail as I was SO weak. So he put wedges under my back up by the top of my pelvis and then made a few more adjustments. (I wish I could describe it all a little better but things happened so fast, I could barely take it all in.) Lifting my left leg, he agin asked me to resist him pushing my leg down. As he pulled my two legs together at the bottom of the table, they were even. Right then, I knew this man was a genius. Out of nowhere I regained strength and was able to push against his force.
Cat got my tongue. No words came out of my mouth. I looked up at Elli and she looked like she was about to cry. Still, I didn’t know what to say or do. I was utterly dumbfounded.
Next he told me to flip on my stomach. Again, he moved my legs this way and that and says, “Well, you have two bulging disks in your back.” And I wasn’t at all surprised. Then he started lifting my hips up and putting the table up at an angle and things were happening all while I was face down into a pillow still trying to wrap my head around everything. When I turned back over I felt nothing. No pain. My knee didn’t hurt.
Elli reached down and squeezed my hand. It was a little miracle. She has been fighting for me since the day we met. Over the last several years she has known my every triumph and struggle. No matter what, she has been relentless in helping me achieve my happiness.
Even last night, I couldn’t grasp, fully, what had happened. This man had helped me more than any person or pain reliever had in years. When I woke up this morning and got out of bed, I didn’t nearly collapse to the floor in a puddle due to stiffness and I had slept soundly.
Pain has been a constant dark cloud following me day in and day out for years but as of yesterday the skies cleared and I got my own little badass rainbow.
That my friends is a miracle.
Bottom line: take fear and doubt out of the equation and try new things, have faith, trust your friends and know that miracles are possible.