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The One in Which Aunt PJ Fakes it 'Til She Makes It

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ViolaSebastian

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If you’ve read my posts on FJ for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention that I have scoliosis.  I underwent a spinal fusion when I was fourteen, and I’ve had a fourteen-inch titanium rod with screws and hooks holding it into place against my spinal column. As you can imagine, this sometimes gets uncomfortable.

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Now, from what we can tell now, I inherited the gene from my mother’s side of the family—because guess who also has scoliosis? That’s right, everybody’s favorite, Aunt PJ. To be clear, the difference between my scoliosis (and subsequent surgery) and Aunt PJ’s scoliosis is something like this:

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Necessary disclaimer: I don’t doubt that Aunt PJ’s scoliosis causes her discomfort—I’m sure it does. But, as you can see, it’s akin to comparing a deep paper cut with someone who just cut their finger off in a cigar cutter. I can't tell you what I wouldn't give for a ten percent curve, even after my surgery. That doesn’t stop Aunt PJ, though, and she wants you to know she’s in horrific. pain. every. day. Of course she does.

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Given that we have the same diagnosis, it should come as a shock that when I had my surgery (and subsequent lengthy hospital stay and recovery time), Aunt PJ didn’t reach out to me once, either through card or phone call. But that’s Aunt PJ for you—if it’s not about her, it’s not important.

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After the death of my grandmother, my mother moved back to her home state and moved into the family home to help settle the estate. As I’ve mentioned previously, Aunt PJ also lived there with two of her three children. This was also my first year in college, and I couldn’t come home from school to visit my mother. Why, do you ask? Because there wasn’t a decent bed available to me to sleep in, a requirement in my life post- surgery. That’s right, a woman with scoliosis wanted me to just sleep on a cot. I ended up not visiting my mother for a year, until she moved. Four beds in the house and no one could give one up for a couple of nights so I could sleep and still walk in the morning.

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Over the years, Aunt PJ’s scoliosis has supposedly gotten worse. She posts frequently about her pain and discomfort on Facebook and in person, eliciting sympathy from kinder-hearted folk than me. She now visits a chiropractor and refuses to sit on soft seating such as sofas and armchairs. Several times, Aunt PJ sat on a dining room chair and explained to me that her scoliosis kept her from sitting on the couch…while I was sitting on the couch. Trust me, Aunt PJ, if my twisty straw of a back can handle it, so can yours. 

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So each and every visit I have with her, I get to hear about her wretched, pain-filled life (in which she is healthy enough to travel long distances, sit and stand for extended lengths of time, and participate in physical activities like yoga and going to the gym--you know, stuff that is difficult for me to do). And does she ever ask me how I’m managing? Yeah, you have two guesses and the first one doesn’t count.

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EmiGirl

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You totally need to post this in the JustNoFamily subreddit.

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HarryPotterFan

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As a fellow scoliosis spinal fusion sufferer, your PJ can go screw herself (see what I did there?). Oh man, can you imagine if we tried yoga? You know,  WITH SPINES THAT DON'T BEND DUE TO BEING FUSED?

I feel like her degree of curvature isn't even anything a doctor would be concerned about, and would tell her to just take some aspirin when she hurts.

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ViolaSebastian

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5 hours ago, HarryPotterFan said:

I feel like her degree of curvature isn't even anything a doctor would be concerned about, and would tell her to just take some aspirin when she hurts.

I think a lot of the issue is that she is encouraged by her chiropractor. I know chiropractics can relieve suffering, but in her case, I think that he's telling her how bad it is so that she'll keep coming back for adjustments. 

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15 hours ago, ViolaSebastian said:

I think a lot of the issue is that she is encouraged by her chiropractor. I know chiropractics can relieve suffering, but in her case, I think that he's telling her how bad it is so that she'll keep coming back for adjustments. 

That seems likely. Also you can't fix a curved spine through adjustments....I feel like a good chiropractor would know what they can and can't do to help someone. I had a physical therapist try to "adjust"  me once. Even though I was there for my knee. I ended up in pain for the rest of the day.

I agree that if her issues were as bad as she claims, she'd understand that you have requirements for a decent bed to sleep in, it can limit things you do, etc. I'm sorry you have to deal with that.

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