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7 August 2019

I don't often succumb to pop up ads on Facebook, but one has been intriguing me for some time.  It's a spinal support cushion.

The older I get the more my coccyx hurts.  Essentially there is rarely the time when I'm not in pain...sometimes on a scale of 1-10 it's a 2 or 3, other times it may be a 5 or more.  There really isn't anything to be done about it because, like my mother, my coccyx is disintegrating and the doctor recommends over-the-counter pain killers, which when I take them work for awhile.  In fact, if I take, for example, 2 Tylenol, the pain will be gone in 20 minutes and won't come back for a couple of days.  Sometimes.   I don't want anything stronger because I know I have an addictive personality and I fear getting addicted to something stronger.  And the pain is usually bearable.

But it mostly hurts in the car and in the theater.  Most theaters have uncomfortable seats and I am in greater pain by the end of a show.

So seeing this ad in Facebook intrigued me and I decided to try it.

At first I was suspicious because it seemed to take a very long time to get here and I was wondering if I'd been "had" but then I received a note from the company saying I had never completed my order and did I want to complete it, so I did and within a week or so, the cushion arrived (it came from China).

I was initially encouraged when I put it on my recliner and could  tell the difference immediately.  I could sit there all evening without having to try to find a spot that didn't hurt.

Last night, when we went to Sacramento to see The Wiz.  I used the cushion in the car and for the first time in I can't remember how long, I had no pain either going to Sacramento or coming home.

The acid test came when I got into the theater.  It's difficult to use when you are alone because the seats fold up automatically and so trying to hold the cushion in place while sitting down is tricky...and especially tricky when you have to keep getting up to let other people pass over you.

BUT I realized at intermission that I had not squirmed around trying to get comfortable throughout the first act.  I was aware of my tailbone, but not in an uncomfortable way.  I had Walt, who had not been with me when I first sat down, move the cushion into a better place and the second act went even better.

This isn't a treatment.  It's not going to do anything to cure the problem, but if it can continue to make sitting down more comfortable, I'm very, very happy.  Sometimes impulse purchases can be a good thing.




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