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Triumph over an injured back

Sunday, October 11, 2020

September 2019 found me cleaning out Mama's house, getting it ready for the Fall market.

The emotions of grief from her transition the end of May, at the age of 94, as well as saying goodbye to my childhood home, at least from age 7 and beyond, coupled with the urgency at hand, made for the perfect storm.
I had also been sitting a lot more the last year or so, while helping to take care of Mama, so more out of shape than my usual self.

I lived closest and made best use of back and forth up and down and all around, with daily trips.

One too many boxes carried in her tri-level and then up all the stairs in my home, made for a snap crackle pop in my back and butt.

Did I stop and rest? Noooo. Had to keep moving and that, my friends, did me no favors.
I will say, the house got done and had several offers the first day on the market and was under contract on the 2nd day.

Then there was the Out of the Darkness Walk for my son Kenny, the Saturday after I injured myself.
I am a block head and was determined to walk with one of Mama's canes.
Need I say it was a stupid move and the longest 3 miles I have ever done?
Even my daughter was frustrated as to how slow I was going, with stops along the way. emoticon I did it though.

If pain were the main factor, i would have dealt with that, but something new was happening.
I was going numb from the waist down all the way to my feet! emoticon

Now for those who do not know me, I am a horticulturalist and am on my feet all the time with a physical job.
Even at half the week, when Mama needed someone there with her at home, I did have the other half when my sister was in town.

My doctor prescribed muscle relaxers and an anti inflammatory , but again, I am a blockhead and don't like to take things, so I never did. emoticon

She also sent me to an angel of a chiropractor. Someone who spent time to listen and explain.

I was so relieved to learn that I had many, many good things going for me! My bones were in great shape, my hips were better than I ever imagined! My body was compensating for my scoliosis in the best way possible and my spine was magnificent! My issues were all a matter of muscles and nerves.

She was so impressed with my flexibility, something I have always had even when overweight. emoticon (though not that move with my bad back)

Her magic was done along with things to do at home.
I have always had a high pain tolerance, so when things bug me it is really up there.
I had a handful of visits and was on my own unless I had a really bad bout.

Did you know that the two things that were said to help the most, were the same two things that would aggravate it the most? emoticon
Walking and standing. emoticon
Helloooo. That is kind of what I do.

The goal was to get the bouts to be longer apart and not last as long.
That has been happening and now I can say that it has been 4 weeks since I have gone numb!
I have hiked in the mountains, walked Kenny's walk, gardened and lifted things, though not boxes on steps without a modification and I have weeded for hours at a time.

Dare I say I am ready to try and workout again? I know I must go slowly, but I will do it!
I have tried, but a bit too much at a time. Very slow now like a turtle until I can gradually increase those squats, pushups and such.

I shared with one of my teams that I do not care about my weight at this time and don't get on the scales.
I am still focused on getting my back better and I have been losing inches.
My clothing fits better and mostly, I feel better.

When I do get on one day, I may be surprised, one way or the other, but for now I am thrilled to say, my back is the best it has been in over a year.

Thank you for listening to my story and for putting up with me while on this recent journey.

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    I hope things have got better for you. Just catching up...
    230 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Chris, you wrote this before our vacation and i am just starting to catch up with things - such a fantastic journey you have traveled - take care of you and keep up the positive improvement. Blessings and so glad you wrote it out so I can rejoice with you now!!! ((HUGS))
    265 days ago
  • BILLB000
    This is quite a story Chris. Sorry I missed it when you first posted it. I am impressed that when you saw the Chiropractor she listened well and gave you a good assessment. And she gave your bones and spine the highest form of compliment.

    I suspect your career has provided you with the gift of good bone density. You really pushed through some issues and symptoms. As your Nurse Consultant I agree... take it kind of slow and listen to what your body is telling you

    Let us look forward to 2021. We will move onward and we will rejoice as we do.
    269 days ago
    Oh Chris you've had a tough time this year. Clearing a loved one's home is emotionally draining as well as physically hard isn't it. It sounds as though you are powering through it all as best you can though and that's really admirable. I'm so glad you are focusing more on getting your back better than worrying about your weight - that can come later when you feel better. Do take care.
    284 days ago
    Wow, what a journey you've had!!! emoticon I'm so glad you're doing better; and I'm so very sorry about your mom. emoticon Continue doing what you're doing because it does seem to be helping you get back to 100%. emoticon
    286 days ago
    It has been tough, that's for sure BUT look at you, you are tough and so brave.
    Slow and steady is best.
    I know you inspire me. Following you through all this last year I have felt your unspoken pain.

    Sending you many hugs

    289 days ago
    Not having the scale control you is good way to go! May you continue to feel better emoticon
    290 days ago
  • no profile photo HEALTHYGRAMMY13
    Chris, I am so happy you are improving with your back problems. I think I have finally come to the conclusion that as I get older I unfortunately can’t do what I use to do. Listening to our bodies is best and sounds like you are listening to yours and improving everyday.
    290 days ago
    Chris, I love your persistence and perseverance! emoticon
    290 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    First, my condolences in the loss of your mother. And you are to be Commended for the 3 mile walk. I have an autoimmune condition, called ankylosing spondylitis And go much slower than I did it 1 time too. At least we're still standing, right? .... Do hope things improve for you from here! ....πŸ’“
    290 days ago
    Great blog you are doing great on the journey its not about weight loss its about liking our selves and being happy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    290 days ago
    You are doing great, keep up the good work. I bet you will be surprised by what the scale says but that is not an end all. Your losing inches is more important
    290 days ago
    First of all my condolences on the loss of your beloved Mom. So difficult. Glad that the house sold so quickly, though. That's a blessing.

    AS for the back, glad it's getting better! It is not easy dealing w/back pain!

    hugs and health
    290 days ago
    Very happy this tough journey is having quite a happy ending as it should be in response to the good efforts you put into it. emoticon I hope you keep getting better and feeling fulfilled with your decisions.
    290 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Chris, I'm thrilled at the improvement, keep moving forward at a slow, steady pace and you'll get there.

    I agree about the walking and standing being best for our back problems, that's what I've been told to do also and oh my, it sure is painful to do, especially given I have atrophied muscles in my one leg too. But what's the alternative, eh?

    You've encouraged me to keep at my leg exercises and walking, thank you dear friend and I know this next year is going to be a great one for you!
    290 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2020 12:02:22 PM
    You've had a tough year, Chris. So glad things are getting better.
    290 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    290 days ago
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