It’s never a pleasant experience to wake up and realize you slept in the wrong position. The body decides to punish this mistake by throwing a kink in your neck…or your shoulder…or BOTH. This was me on Saturday morning. Then it followed me all day….like a little kink-puppy.
I made the assumption that another night’s sleep would force it away. We all know what assuming does, though, and Sunday morning brought the pain! I stretched, I massaged it, I rolled my back with a foam roller, and even rolled a tennis ball under my shoulder blade. (THIS was extremely painful as well.) All this to no avail.
Luke offered to drive to the store and purchase some muscle rub cream, and I consented. Upon his return, the cream was rubbed into my neck, right shoulder, and part of my back.
What came next was not expected. My skin burst into metaphorical flames!
Holy shit!! This is how this works?? They distract you from your regular pain by giving you pain that is equal to what one finds in the depths of hell??? Or was I turning into a lava beast!??
Damn; damn; damn!! Lava beasts can’t have pet cats! Or boyfriends…or any friends, for that matter!! I wasn’t ABOUT to let this happen.
I began to frantically wipe at my skin with a towel.
Luke looked at me, questioningly. “Don’t do that! You’ll wipe it off!”
“That’s sort of the POINT!! It’s trying to kill me! It wants to ruin my LIFE!!!”
I had demon slime on my skin, and he wanted me to LEAVE it there!!? NO!!!
Luke then explained that creams like IcyHot had about 2.5% of the working ingredient, and the cream I had slathered all over my skin contained 10% of the stuff!
Lashes!! I’d been given lashes with whips covered in razor blades and fire!! This was no cream! It was all a lie!! How did I manage to consent to this!!??
I wanted to curl into a fetal position while cuddling with ice cubes, but I resisted. If I could get through this, then I could handle anything. A walk on the sun would be mere child’s play to me after THIS! In fact, the sun would have to be my home. A lava monster can’t live on earth.
The minutes seemed like years. I sat there, burning, and contemplating my fate.
Finally, slowly, but surely…it ended. I survived. I conquered.
Today, my neck continues to hurt. I’ll let it. I’ve been to hell. I’m not going back. I escaped the fate of becoming the Lava Monster.
Now, I face Monday.
Related: I have some CVS Muscle Rub in my purse, currently, if anyone else wants to taste death. I’m keeping it handy for my enemies.