Expecting the unexpected
Life has been somewhat chaotic for the last couple of days [and nights].
The end result is that I am bollixed, fucked and knackered. I don’t think there is a part of me not aching and in particular my back.
The back is a bugger. I have been told it’s as a result of being somewhat longer than wide though I would prefer to think that nearly everything I do involves banding over or stooping or generally treating my back like Nature didn’t actually intend. Back pain is so relentless that I hardly notice it any more. Its just part of life like stoking my pipe or picking dog shit off the floor.
One of the interesting aspects of life in The Manor is that I never know quite what is around the corner. Life seems to be progressing smoothly when suddenly something nasty jumps out from behind a tree or a bush, whereupon my life is thrust into a surreal series of events leaving me with my head spinning and even more aches and pains.
I don’t complain for the simple reason that I don’t like moaners and anyway no one else gives a shit [except maybe Doc]. I live with it because it’s better than the alternative.
So now I’m having a contemplative mug of tea while I wait for the throbbing to subside a bit.
Then I think I’ll cut the grass.
That involves a fair bit of back bending too…..
This may sound harsh, Grandad, but if it’s a disk, then can you get it chopped out?
I had that done 35 years ago, and it changed everything!
But I really do sympathise, it’s a horrible affliction…
In my case it’s just muscle pain, rather than nerve of skeletal. My problem is that in the course of the day I have to bend over a lot and frequently have to lift weights. And I know all about bending knees before lifting but generally that’s not possible. The remedy is simple enough – I just need to sit in my comfy chair for a while!
I have no personal experience, but on the principle of “you never know.”
Have you considered a kneeling chair. They get good reviews and there seem to be lots of choices.
Some have attached work surface.
Good luck. Thanks for what you do.
That would be a possible solution if my problem was sitting too much [I have no problem with that] as the problem arises as I move around doing things in different rooms. Cooking is a bugger as I have to bend slightly for the duration, and it’s the ‘prolonged’ bit that causes the problem. It’s just a fact of life combined with age. Actually I suspect it’s all down to age…..
Sorry to hear life’s throwing things at you – there’s only a certain amount of ‘This, too, will pass’ stoicism one can manage to summon up at any one time.
Re backs: the Spouse is a great advocate of hanging, so to speak, where you swing from an overhead bar for short periods a few times a day with or without light support from your feet (supposedly helps loosen vertebrae, though – disclaimer- I’m no medic and can’t answer for the efficacy). Any suitable tree branch or lintel would do, although the Spouse went all in and, having installed a hanging bar in the kitchen doorway, now dangles from it at intervals like the worlds’s worst door curtain.
That worked for me on the few occasions when I strained my back muscles.
Usually by doing bending effort, digging, lifting, too early in the Spring before the Globull Warming kicked in.