You are SO my heroine right now.
I must admit to suddenly having an uncomfortable insight into why old people walk like they do....
Having lived in Alaska, I know those mosquitos, And having done the "pull down the pants and spray with cutters" number, I send you all my sympathy.
I love your icon like woah.
It does seem like a little punishing, and that sucks about the bath, I hope you take some painkillers and feel better. At least your fountain is all pretty now? *Hugs*
Thanks; it's an icon recently acquired and utterly appropriate.
Fountain is all pretty, ibuprofen was devoured, hot bath was achieved.
Back is still very sore. Bordering on scary-sore. I haven't put it out in years, but it feels like it might take this opportunity to go out. Fingers are crossed against such a horrible thing.
If you haven't one already, go IMMEDIATELY to a Home Depot or other "handyman" store and purchase a back belt. They help prevent strain when cleaning fountains, etc. and help give your back support when you are HEALING from doing stuff like that. If you can't get one, use an ace bandage until you can.
Having lived through a strained back (leaning over a cutting board, cutting out a pattern) for the remainder of a pregnancy (strained it at 4 months!) I learned that support is really necessary to prevent continued and further strain!!
Other learned lessons: sit only on firm chairs, use small pillow behind back if needed, hire strong young teens to do your rock lifting!!!
I'm astoundingly unsore today. I think staying up to launder fabric and having to walk up and down stairs several times actually helped.
You are probably right about a back belt, though.
I love you so much. Your antics help me realize I'm normal and other people do equally crazy things.
"Antics." That's a good word for it.
We spent a few hours hauling water too--our antiquated plumbing finally exploded.
Not fixed yet. Professional on way.
2008-07-23 04:55 am (UTC)
Hey! They don't replace whole backs! DUDE!
It is improving, slowly. After the first time I sat down for a little while, I stood up and literally could not lift my foot to take a step. Had to flex and bend for a couple minutes. I think the worst thing I could have done would be to go to bed right away. Up and down the stairs for the laundry and walking about have helped a lot.
Funny; a massage therapist I used once before just called me a couple days ago. If she calls back tomorrow like I suggested, I may make an appointment.
2008-07-23 01:52 pm (UTC)
While I happened to be busy last night, I am free tonight, and tomorrow. You have friends that you can call if you're ill and need help with something. I believe you have my number.
Yeah, but this as spontaneous. What can I say? Also, the insanity impulse generally only lasts about 24 hours.
Going over to Jim and Genevieve's tonight, and they should keep me under control.
I'm soooooooooo the same way. As soon as I come out of a physical or emotional low point, TheFrenzy takes over. My roommates are currently enjoying (sort of) a clutter-free living room because I bought a portable closet storage rack and firmly rounded up all their personal effects that Don't. Go. In. Shared. Areas. My room, of course, promptly relapsed, but as long as my emotional sanity is tied to the cleanliness of the living room, I'll be able to keep it in order.
Good to know that my insanity is shared!