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There Has To Be a Morning After. Is It Here Yet?

So. Day (checks calendar) four of back pain, Day 2-3 of notable back pain.
What has this taught us,[personal profile] kaffyr ? It's taught us two things: 1) do not, repeat, do not, give up exercises for the holidays and 2) do not make Christmas dinner for nine people ever again, not even if you spread the prep time over two days.
Why? Well, it's possible that I might have survived Christmas dinner prep had I not given up the exercises.Possible, but not probable.

Brief sort-of-detour; after this Christmas, BB and I realized we simply can't handle that kind of social engagement anymore. It doesn't make us happy to admit it, because the two of us used to love throwing parties and parts of  us still do. But physically, we are simply not up to it, and emotionally it's kind of draining as well. After we (and by "we" I largely mean BB and my lovely FB) got the place cleaned up post-Christmas, we sat in the livingroom, looked at each other, and said "That's the last one."

End of sort-of-detour. For me, the damage was more immediate. the simple act of standing at the kitchen counters and table prepping, mixing, etc., is dangerously apt to coax spasms out of retirement. Even hiking our table up a couple of inches so that I don't have to bend over so much doesn't help enough. And without my exercises to keep the relevant muscles in shape ... well, welcome back, back spasms.

They've been kind of bad since Monday. I've used our teeny-tiny jacuzzi bathtub three times in fewer than 24 hours because that affords me some temporary relief, and I've gone back to doing my exercises with a vengeance. That helps too. Most drug relief I hold off on until bedtime if at all possible because I get some of it from BB and I don't want to be profligate with his largesse.

And I know I'm a fan, because the thing that bothers me most about this is that the pain is keeping me from writing, and [community profile] fandom_stocking 's reveal date is speeding toward me. I've only got two stories done, although a third is in process. I want to get four or five more done. Help me, fandom godlets,you're my only hope! GAH!

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Dec. 30th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds rotten. Keep up whatever helps, and I really hope it eases off soon. Back pain is no joke and any kind of chronic pain is so debilitating.
Dec. 31st, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Things are a little better today. I've been able to finish a second story and I'm almost done with the third; not having so much pain is an immeasurable help.
Dec. 31st, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
I cannot stand at a counter to prep. I must sit at the table. I use a computer chair with an adjustable height and the most important part is I have a small footstool that is about 4 inches high. The simple act of putting my feet flat on the footstool helps to lift my knees and to align my back properly so that I can do the prep work easier. I still can't be doing it for more than 20 minutes at a time, but if I take breaks, I can get through it without having back or leg spasms for the next week. Perhaps a footstool would help you with just normal day cooking prep. Full day prep, probably not so much.
Jan. 1st, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Bless, honey...I hate that the back pain kicked in again - and that you can no longer throw the parties that you love. It IS taxing on so many levels....arrrrgggh!

At least it was a good party! Always marvelous to stop on a high note!

Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:22 am (UTC)
*hugs and sends you lots of feel-better vibes*
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