An IV, MRI and pain in my neck (literally) that made me miss work, shed some tears and hurt for all those who deal with constant pain <– Last week wasn’t the greatest. Remember my weird liver diagnosis discussed in this post? Well, the CT scan still showed the hemangioma (tangled blood vessels) but the doc ordered an MRI to be 100% and to get a better view.
So I learned last Thursday that MRI’s are not so fun. Thankfully I don’t have an issue with claustrophobia but man I feel for the peeps who do. That tube is no joke. The worst part was getting the IV halfway through. Bleh. Thankful it’s over and especially thankful for health insurance. After waking up last Monday and hardly being able to move my neck, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to lay still for the MRI. By Tuesday I couldn’t even hold my own head up. Burning, searing, sharp, constant pain shot from my cervical spine to my shoulder and down my left arm. So not ok.
I saw a Chiropractor right away who diagnosed it as acute spasmodic torticollis. (Apparently I have a knack for obtaining crazy, weird illnesses). He provided some relief and my range of motion definitely increased. But the pain is relentless. The worst part is there’s no position that provides any reprieve. Ice, heat, acupuncture, chiropractor again, laying, sitting, pillow, no pillow, stretching, etc. I’ve done it all.
I finally broke down and called the doc. Thankfully she filled a prescription for pain/inflammation and a muscle relaxant at night. I’m fervently praying the pain will cease but in the meantime I can’t help but think of all the people who live like this 24/7. To live in a state of gnawing, constant, tiresome agony. I just can’t even imagine.
I’ve made up my mind. The minute I can move my head without screeching in misery, I’m going to stop being the person who says, “let me know if you need help” and I’m going to start actually doing. No more waiting to be asked for help, since most usually don’t. Make these stuffed shells and bring them over to your friend in pain, your aunt who broke her arm, your sis who just had a baby, and your cousin who rolled the ATV on a camping trip with the hubs.
These stuffed shells were yet another Pinterest find from Love Grows Wild over on The Recipe Critic‘s page that I’ve made several times. You can make them ahead of time and pop them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake or you can stick them in the freezer to save for another day. Perfect to bring to someone in need! I like to serve them with a salad and garlic bread. Now get out there and do some deliveries! I’ll join you the minute this pain is alleviated!
- 25 uncooked jumbo pasta shells (I cook the whole box of 35 shells, some always break!)
- 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
- 8 ounces (2 cups) grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 12 basil leaves, chiffonade (stack leaves on top of each other, roll them up lengthwise & slice)
- 1 egg
- 1 - 26 ounce jar spaghetti sauce (I used Tomato Basil)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook pasta shells according to package directions for al dente, usually 9 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking.
- In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, 1½ cups of the mozzarella, egg, salt, pepper, and basil.
- Spread ¾ of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish.
- Spoon the cheese mixture into the pasta shells and place in the baking dish.
- Pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over shells and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake for 5-10 minutes more.