Most of my youth, I did not have to take medicine nor was a “sickly” child. I was in good health, and never broke a bone. I took pride in the fact that I did not have to keep going to the doctor. My childhood best friend had to constantly keep going to the doctor due to her health conditions. Also, I did not at the time have allergies. In grade school, I remember learning about illness and I knew many adults in my life that were unwell.
In 2018, I was in a three-car accident. This accident changed my life. At this time in my life, I was twenty years old, just finishing a semester in college, working part-time at a local museum. It was a Saturday; my family and I were going to the movies together. I was in the car with my mother and father. Thinking about it now, it feels like it just happened. My mind can still hear me having a beautiful sweet conversation with my parents. The music from a local radio station is playing in the background as we speak to each other.
My father, who is driving alerts us that there is a slowdown ahead. The car right behind us slows closely behind our car. The third car behind us did not stop but was still at a highway speed and hit the car behind our car which hit our car. I remember hearing the tires hitting. Fear hits me, my hands raise to my neck to protect myself. Thankfully the car just jolted forward and didn’t spin us out of control. Our car and the car behind us had to be towed away. A police report was filed and my older siblings picked my parents and I up from the car accident seen. My family somehow still made it on-time to the movie. After the movie, my family went to dinner and kept going on.
The car accident happened on Saturday and that upcoming Monday I had one last final. It was an online course and I was sitting in my living room taking the final exam, when all of a sudden, I started feeling my back and neck feeling terrible. It felt like I could barely move. I was in so much pain. I told my mother what I was feeling and she explained she was feeling very similar. The next day my mother, father, and myself went to a local doctor’s office that specialized in car accidents. The first time in my life I had an MRI. First and foremost, I had no idea what was an MRI. Since the car accident, I have learned more about medicine and medial terms and information that I was not fully aware of before. I now learned more about an MRI scan from visiting the doctor. I learned how an MRI can reveal my medical history and information about my injures. The doctor explained how my injures were affecting me and how long it would take for recovery and if I would have long term health affects on my body.
To say that I was nervous was an understatement. I felt like I was learning something new. I had never really had to go to the doctor even often growing up, just for an annual checkup. My body was healthy and strong and now because of a car accident, I was in terrible pain in my body. My entire back was just hurting me, and all I wanted to do was sleep. It was difficult for me to understand all the medical terms and medicine because I was someone who never needed to go to the doctor.
I remember mentally trying to remember everything that the doctor was telling me and all the medical terms, so that I could research it more afterwards. The same day the doctor recommended I take medicine for my pain. I mainly took Advil when needed for back pain and purchased pain patches from Walgreens. These two medicines helped me while I underwent physical therapy to help my body heal. After about a week, I went back to the doctor to meet with him to discuss my MRI results.
Now, this was when things got interesting. The doctor told me that I had injuries from the car accident. He wanted me to continue physical therapy and see the neurosurgeon to get more clarity and information on my injuries and also help the physical therapist know how to help me with my injuries. After the doctor states these facts he states that he believes that I might have scoliosis but this was not because of the car accident but something that I already had. My mind went blank, as I had no idea that I had scoliosis and was never told about this. Without even thinking, I checked out of the doctor’s office to schedule my next appointment in a couple of weeks. When I got to my car, I just remember wanting to cry and feeling angry.
First, I had this car accident that caused me so much pain in my back and neck, now I had to make changes to my schedule and life just to go to physical therapy and deal with an attorney and a legal case. I felt like my life was just getting worse and worse. Now to top it off, I had scoliosis and now needed to go to another doctor to figure out what to do next. It just so happened that I had an evaluation with my chiropractic. I asked him to do an x-ray of my back and if he believed I had scoliosis.
I also let him have the report to my MRI. After a while of waiting, he came back and told me that he did not believe that I had scoliosis. He went over my MRI results with the x-rays of my back and he did not see anything that would cause this. Relief hit me hard. I remember thanking him and telling him how happy I was to know that I did not have scoliosis. At least it was one thing less I had to think about.
Over the next three months, I went to physical therapy and my chiropractic for adjustments. It was a painful process and I learned more about medical and health over these last few months then I had before. Yes, in school I learned but I was rather healthy most of my life, so I never truly needed to think about doctors and taking medicine. I learned about bones, and how they heal and how to take better care of myself. I also started going to the gym to make sure I was okay. Now I look at sickness and illness differently. I have now myself experienced pain and not feeling well. Having days where I just could not take the pain in my back and neck. It suffered a lot with me injures I even had to quit my job.
It was hard for me. My mental health was even affected with everything that was happening to me. I felt like my life had changed. I still every now and then get back and neck pain. I have to be careful working out. In addition, I get monthly massages just to help with the neck and back pain. My life was changed by the car accident but it didn’t stop me. It taught me to not take my health for granted and I don’t.
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