'“Funny story,” the email begins. What follows is anything but.
Recounted are five years of pain, suffering and a gradually increasing prescription drug dependency, which even now is barely enough for the storyteller to make it through the day looking after two kids.
The storyteller has a spinal injury. Surgeons initially refused to operate; a couple of years later they determined it had been operable, but now it was too late. The storyteller now has chronic pain that includes tingling and burning down one arm and into the thumb and pointer finger.