Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The back is back




I’m not going to lie.  This summer for me has not been one of my best.  First it was the hand surgery, then a power outage lasting 5 days in record-breaking heat, followed by a 3-week bout of bronchitis.  I thought the worst was over and then last Thursday—I decided to polish my toenails.  I bent over, not really very far and I felt something snap. 



For two days I was unable to bend, stoop, or sit comfortably without grimacing from pain. The pain in my back steadily got worse and almost had me in tears, so Saturday I visited the doctor, who prescribed muscle relaxers and pain meds. 

Unfortunately, demands do not stop when one is in pain.  Since I am the first one awake every day and cannot sleep past a certain time, mornings were a difficult.  Everyone knows that I don’t operate that well without that first cup of coffee, but that must wait while I attend to four legged demands. That is when I have to feed the dog and cat and attach the dog’s leash and take her out to do her business.  Ever try and attach a leash to a squirming, hyper, and super excited Jack Russell terrier?  It can be daunting even with a healthy back!


Additionally, since the dog eats the cat’s food if it’s on the floor, I feed her on top of a shelf in my laundry room.  And while she doesn’t have a problem jumping up there, in the mornings she expects me to place her daintily in front of her bowl.  She twists around my legs and meows waiting for her human domestic to do her duty.

I sink to my knees, gritting my teeth at the knives stabbing in my back from each and every slight movement. In a robotic and ungraceful way I manage.  These simple chores, take much longer than usual.  I eye my aromatic cup of coffee that is sitting un-sipped on the counter as I finish the tasks at hand.  Finally I am through and I greedily swallow a few gulps of the semi-warm brew.


The next day and the day after that it is more of the same. And then on Tuesday, five days later, just as quickly and mysteriously as what I like to call the back attack occurred, it was gone.

From now on, however, lion tamers will tame lions, trained athletes will run marathons, and in my house at least, professionals will do pedicures. 



12 comments:

Gloria said...

Oh wow, sorry to hear about that back pain. I know how that feels. Glad you are better. Despite the pain, you managed to do some great pieces relating to your story. Love it! Great job. Take care and don't bend down to far.:)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Ouch! Hope the rest of the summer is better. Sending ~~healing thoughts~~

Judy Adamson said...

Hi Crystal - very sorry to hear about your back! I know how it feels, having had back problems ever since my now 46 year old daughter was a year old! Actually, although it was agonising, you probably benefited from having to move to feed your four-legged friends! They used to make us lie flat for weeks on end - I was on traction in a geriatric ward for a month! - but that is likely to make you worse, and gentle movement is the way to go these days! Hope the (bad) back doesn't come back :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sorry to hear about your back, but I am so so happy that it seems healed! I've experienced this in the past, too, and I know how debilitating it can be.

craftattack said...

Poor you, hope your life soon runs more smoothly! Valerie

Magic Love Crow said...

Crystal, I am so sorry you have been going through so much this summer! I am happy your back is better! Take care of yourself! It's not fun being in pain! Hugs ;o)

Christine said...

Oh I feel for you, and so glad it healed relatively quickly. And your art is amazing, love it.

maddyrose said...

You've had your share of bad luck, if it can be called that, this summer. I'm dealing with a back thing at the moment and am glad I don't have animals to take care of right now. Glad your back is back to normal. Loved how you illustrated this telling of this tale. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs

Christine Bennett said...

Ugh, that is too bad Crystal. There's nothing worse than feeling like a Robaxacet puppet. At least it went away in time for the weekend!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Sounds like we are having similar summers. Hope it improves for both of us!

Rita said...

What we do for our furbabies! Glad it finally went away. What a crappy summer! You poor thing. Let's hope fall and winter will go smoothly and be a complete joy!! :)

Terra said...

How good that the back attack is gone.

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