Monday, December 14, 2015

I Laugh To Keep From Crying

This back pain is teaching me all kinds of ways to be a contortionist. It's been a week today and I'm into cabin fever enough to write this silly entry. I dread going to bed because I know when I wake up I'm going to pay. Oh I have all the aids I can think of. A walker by my bed to steady myself with a short stool underneath to put my first brave foot on when I decide this is the time to face the devil. I wake thinking of all the things I should do today. The first move knocks me into reality so I lay a little longer contemplating if there is a new move I may try. I lean to the right just a little, so far so good. I clutch the mattress and the sheet slips, I'm in the throes of a spasm. I wait and wait. I must get out of this bed. I slide my hand just a little along the bed, not too much now. I transfer my hand over to the walker. I've learned to make some pretty scary faces and say some bad words. I put one foot down feeling for the little stool with my toe. I press down on the walker and kind of do a little jig getting myself into a standing position. Awww it feels so good to walk even if I look 100 years old. Would have been nice if John would have put the lid back on the Ketchup bottle. Down on my knees I gingerly fold with paper towels in hand. You may not see it but if you walk across the floor   your feet make a slip slop noise as you walk and you stick, you will know it is there. I'm not writing this to make you feel sorry for me. This is a form of entertainment to keep from crawling back into bed to have to do all these movements again. Don't tell me to get an MRI or take this and do that. I have other health problems that limit me to what I can do. All I want is to ride on the country roads without pain when John hits a bump.

11 comments:

Jon said...

If it's any solace, you've expressed your painful situation beautifully and aptly. I can STRONGLY identify with the agony of back problems. I had them most of my life and they were compounded when I fell on the ice last winter.

I often go through the same ritual you described when getting out of bed. The spasms are unreal.
I don't have a walker, but I'm glad you do. Hopefully it helps.
Get as much rest as possible.
And be careful of spilled ketchup!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Cabin Fever and Ketchup just don't mix!!!

TexWisGirl said...

awww! i sure hope it abates soon!

S. J. Qualls said...

Sorry about your pain - I know exactly what you're talking about. A little levity is good. Yeah, isn't it odd how a person doesn't contemplate doing something until they can't? The little things like the uncapped ketchup bottle can drive a person right up the wall, or a spider web ...

Jean said...

I know about how you feel, I have a bad back problem, but so for I'm still able to get around without a walker but know that could change at any time. Take care and rest I hope you're feeling better soon. Jean

Linda Kay said...

A surgery several years ago helped me with the back and hip pain to where it is only temporary and tolerable when it strikes. I feel for you, my friend.

Rose said...

I hate that we fall apart as we get older! You do not sound like you are whining or asking for pity...just stating facts. But I do wish there was something that could be done.

Lori said...

I'm so sorry. I know how debilitating back pain is.

salemslot9 said...

damn and blast

Sheila Y said...

Sorry you are in such pain. I hope you get some relief soon. Back pain is a mean beast. Take it easy, Sheila

jack69 said...

Only once did I have that kind of back pain and once was enough. I feel for you sweetheart and I know YOU will hang in there. But I do know the thing is true, Laughing to keep from crying!!!!!!
Getting older is better than....... well at least BREATHING is NICE!

Love ya!!! YOu do know how to bring a smile out of chaos.