In the past 5 days I've only had to work one of them, due to scheduling preferences for vacation-time. But, I'll be scheduled for the next 5 days straight, to compensate. This line of work, caregiving in Assisted Living, can be very tough on an older woman like myself.
Just in the past couple of monthes two of my favorite workers had to leave due to bone spurs and rotator cuff problems. They experience permanent disability.
I've been fortunate to use good body mechanics all my life, and to be physically fit, but I am wearing down, and the arthritis in my neck is really putting on a protest.
So, I got my neck X-rayed, to see the extensiveness of the damage, and it was all there. Even without any understanding of X-rays, I could see two of the lower vertebrae fused together, fuzzy, not solid...looks like portaging canoes for the past 5 years has smashed the cartilege down to smitherines.
The X-ray tech concurred with my observations, and whispered a few details about getting an MRI. She's not supposed to disclose information, but she did. I went to my physical therapist after that, and got a deep-tissue massage and had my head put in traction to releave some of the pressure. I guess chiropractic is out, now, and my doctor will explore other options in September, when I come back from vacation.
Meantime, I've got exercises to do, and a heating pad for the shoulders.