What's Up With Me this Week, Anyway?
For those of you who are wondering what has become of me this week:
I am continuing to keep up my space here, obviously, though much of what you've read in recent days was written long ago. I am not, however, managing my usual rounds of visits to see all you nice people.
Here's the explanation, which I'm hoping will be simply information and not a whine! I have, it turns out, a "bulging disk". Well, that's what the physiotherapist called it; she makes a distinction between bulging and herniated, but not all experts do. You can call it bulging, you can call it herniated - point is, it hurts! This accounts for the lower back pain and the greatly restricted movements. (I can't put on my own socks! Thank you, Q, for saving me from barefoot frozen feet...) The disk is impinging on the sciatic nerve, which accounts for the pain down my right leg.
I cannot sit for more than a few minutes. I cannot stand still for long, either. I can walk, though gimpily, with the right leg dragging a bit, but not far before the leg pains start. What I can do - and the physiotherapist has even presribed it - is lay on my tummy on the floor. The exercises she's given me afford me about half an hour of pain-free living. A sound investment of 20 minutes, I figure.
So the last couple of days have comprised of 20 minutes of exercise followed by 30 minutes or so of upright living. Part of the "exercise" is simply to prop myself up on my elbows and let my back droop. Guess what? I can TYPE while I do that!! Oh, happy day!
Oh, how I love my laptop! Without it I'd be bereft of blogging, and though I've also consumed a fair number of books this week (finished Quirky Kids, Susan!), one does value a bit of variety.
How have I done this with the tots about? Well, I haven't. I took Thursday and Friday off sick, and will return to the fray on Monday. I have lined up backup for the mornings of next week. My son, Adam, who is having exams, graciously offered - offered! what a lovely boy - to help out. A friend will help one day, and Emma will get to stay home from school one day. I'm hoping that by the following week I will be able to work on my own.
Keep your fingers crossed for me!