Success At a Glance
What’s Happening? 10 years ago I fell off a roof. Yes, it was as dumb as it sounds. I slide on some leaves straight down and off the roof like Tim Allen in a Christmas movie. I landed on my left shoulder and ever since then my shoulder has been tweaked. I sprained my collar bone too. I am a chef so I need to be able to stir constantly and move for anywhere from 8 to 12 hours a day.
The pain starts as a light burning sensation then becomes a full-fledged ache. Because I this I can not sleep a lot of nights.
What Have You Tired? I’ve tried everything from weed to opioids. Weed does help, but I live in Texas where cannabis is still illegal. I was put in the back of a cop car and had to go to court over a joint once and when I became a dad, illegal is no longer an option so I went to the docs. The opioids were terrible. Painkillers are no joke and they will mess you up. I just could not keep up physically when I was on them and I felt like Kanye on TMZ. Like...yeah, the pain is gone but I can’t focus or be present with my kids on this doctor prescribed meds. I even tried some hippy sh*t hot healing yoga that was $50 a class for 6 months. Nothing.
Almost a year ago I was out on a dock fishing with my dad when his best friend was getting after it. Just catching fish after fish. I couldn’t believe this old man was able to do that. He was in a car crash a few years ago and hurt his foot. He used to use a cane so finally, I said, “Jeff, what are you doing?” He handed me a sleek looking pen and laughed. He swears he gets a bit high each time, but I NEVER feel any sort of high which is what I wanted.
The first few days I felt something, but it wasn’t a miracle like some people hype it to be. It took about a week of using it every day before I really noticed a difference in my pain AND my sleep pattern. And when I did notice it came on strong.
I can even play trumpet at church again.
Any Unexpected Side-Effects: Yeah man, I have so much more energy. I wasn’t expecting that, but my kids love it. I just am happier now. I didn’t realize how much of my life the pain was sucking from me.