Wednesday, July 6, 2016

At Bay

Today, everything seems to be back to normal. Thankfully. Yesterday, I went out for my usual run and couldn't do it. I had to stop.

I didn't run today but I didn't feel any pain this morning as I went for a gentle walk. I iced my back twice yesterday and was diligent about sleeping with a pillow between my knees last night. And, today, so far so good.

I don't usually have back pain. Not since 2009. Sure, I get reminders if I'm tired or have done too much - a quick zinger down my leg - but I haven't had all-day pain like I did yesterday. I feeling grateful that the pain wasn't worse - or worse, longer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Well, I hope not but today is a bad day. Haven't had this much pain since - well, when did I last post? It's more uncomfortable than painful but it's persistent and I walk with a slight limp to accommodate it.

Hoping a good night's sleep will do it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Better, Still

Wednesday, the 21st (of November) we flew to Hawaii. Another long day of travel. I rolled up my windbreaker and used it as a back pillow on the six-hour flight over. I felt fine when we got there (Who wouldn't?) and it really didn't give me any trouble while we were there.

We flew to San Jose the following Wednesday, the 28th, and then to Portland on the 29th. We drove to Seattle on the 30th. That's a lot of travel. I was a little sore over the weekend but that's worked its way out since then and I'm pretty much back to normal.

Which is, mostly pain free, most of the time. Every once in a while I get a little jolt of pain down the back of my right thigh and I can still be stiff and sore in the morning.

I'll take it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Saturday didn't get much better. I had ice packs on all day and ended up taking at least two more Advil. The massage helped but I wasn't going to take any chances. Lying face down can be painful for me even if I'm getting a massage and I did get "stuck" on a massage table once.

The thing is, it doesn't hurt to lie face down. It hurts after I lie face down for any period of time so I don't know I'm going to have a problem - until I do. One time, I had a massage and afterward I had a very hard time getting off the table. Once I did, it was nearly impossible to dress myself. This is a very awkward position to be in when you're naked. By the time I was fully dressed, I was in tears.

This time, I had Hubby come to the massage room when I was done just in case I had any problems. I had some difficulty but I was able to dress myself and my husband's reward was to see me naked so I guess it worked out for both of us.

Sunday, we drove to Portland and I probably did a little too much getting ready - laundry, changing the sheets. A little stiff and sore when we got there and since then I've been keeping a pillow or rolled up towel behind my back.

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping at a Fred Meyer and since it was raining outside, I considered the shopping trip to be my exercise for the day. I walked all around the interior edge of the store before I bought my groceries. It was too much. I was sore and had difficulty carrying my groceries to the car.

So far, today isn't too bad. Then again, all I've done so far today is avoid writing more of my book which is a bummer because I'd like to have 1,000 words done by noon and it's 11:00 am. But this is it, the last of my planned goofing off for today.  I'll make a cup of coffee put a pillow behind my back and get to work.

Damn - how many words was that?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Anything But Brave

Sorry to report a little back pain today. I guess it's more than a little or I wouldn't bother to post it here. I don't remember my pain level chart (it's here somewhere) but the pain level is high enough that it's very uncomfortable to stand. Sitting is a little better and right now I've got an ice pack on it - the second one for the day. Sometimes walking makes it feel better but I'm not that far along in my day.

I've had four Advil so far - which in the scheme of things isn't much of anything - and I went back to bed and lay down for a while - which you could attribute to any number of things that don't include pain. Like laziness, for example.

I scheduled a massage for later today - I think that will help. In the meantime, I don't plan on doing anything too strenuous. I might even take the laptop to bed with me and do some writing there - which is the origin of this very blog. Hopefully, it won't come to that today but lying down is the only position where I don't feel pain and I won't hesitate to use that strategy.

Not going to try being brave.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

50 Days, One Year Later

A year ago today, I called up the fine surgeons at the hospital and told them No, Thank you. It was the right decision. Once I got off all the pain meds, I felt better. Much better. Good enough to get back to a normal life. Like walking. Like just being able to stand up.

There's no doubt in my mind that I still have a herniated disc and that it's a matter of when, not if, the pain will return. It reminds me every once in a while that it's still there - a mercifully gentle hello from my backside. Stiffness in the morning some days. An electric current that runs down the back of my leg from time to time. I wonder how old I'll be when it decides to get my attention for good. Whether I'll have insurance. Whether I'll have help. Whether pain management has improved any or if back surgery will be done as routinely removing a wart.

In the meantime, all I can do is do the best I can. And, to be grateful while I'm at it. To that end, I made a resolution to walk more. I started before the first of the year, and now I've walked 50 days in a row. Every day. There have been a couple days I had to walk inside - at a mall - but mostly I walk outside regardless of weather. I also try to walk during daylight hours but that isn't always possible. After one particularly busy day, it got to be eleven at night before I could get my walk in. I donned a reflective vest, grabbed a flashlight and went walking.

I don't go far. About a mile. But I go. Every day.

And I'm pretty happy about it.

Monday, December 27, 2010


I didn't spend them on the floor this year so that's good. I get an occasional reminder - a not so gentle but generally brief jab of not exactly pain - that lets me know my fattened disc is still back there. It doesn't inhibit much except touching my toes and visiting the chiropractor. I don't know that either of those things would do any harm. I'm just not anxious to find out.

Otherwise, good. Happy to be upright, generally pain free, and walking. Outdoors.