Back to the Future

Yeah, that happens to be one of the many movies my husband has ruined for me.

But I digress. My back is wrecked. My granddaughter is almost 16, and when she was 6 months old her parents separated. Don’t tell me babies don’t know what’s going on, she picked up on the stress and was affectionately known as “Sarah the screamer” for months. She could cry for hours. There were only two things that could calm her.

One of them was Josh Groban.

I adore Josh Groban and only partly because his voice could calm the screamer

The only other thing that worked was rocking her, in my arms, bouncing till she finally fell asleep It broke my back I told her that when she was about 6, she cried and cried that she didn’t mean to break my back! Oh stop, I know it was horrible, but not nearly as bad as when Bear told the kids they couldn’t watch Harry Potter again till they were 40! (One forgets how literal small children are!)

So for almost 16 years, my chiropractor and I have been fighting the good fight. Lately, we’ve been losing. I mentioned to my family doctor that the back pain was getting worse, so off he sent me for x-rays, which showed some lovely mess caused by aging and by stress and off I went to a spinal specialist SHE said it was a mild mess and sent me off to be tortured by the therapist.

One of the first questions she asked was if the pain was in my “butt-ocks.” I replied, ‘Why, yes, Forrest, it is!” And hilarity ensued. I honestly asked at one point how many people break wind doing this stuff. She replied, “only the old farts.”

this may be subject to copyright – I am clueless about that stuff!

I made a valiant – but unsuccessful – attempt to not snort. Oh what did you think? Stop! I have class!

I now have exercises that must be done at home. They involve laying on the floor – so Maverick thinks that he should join in the fun. This is gonna be a party – but hopefully it will help. I’m tired of hurting.

P.S. The Screamer is a really great kid now that she’s kinda growing up. Amazing how that happens.

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8 Responses to Back to the Future

  1. Bitey Dog says:

    Oh gosh, I feel so bad for you! My mom had an emergency doctor visit for back pain today, so your post hits particularly close to home. (Her pain started when rocking crying babies too.). I hope the therapy brings you relief. Are there any other treatments to try? Pain patches? Medications? Puppies walking on your back?

    I had to be very careful doing exercises on the floor. Geordie thought my stomach was the perfect trampoline. I hope Maverick is more sympathetic than my boy.

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  2. I promise – I was laughing with you, not at you! Thanks for the chuckles. I’m in PT for my shoulder and there are days I have to remind myself frequently that “the end justifies the means”. I’m also impatient and want dramatic improvements! I don’t envy you having to do exercises from the floor… I could get down to do them, but probably not back up without assistance! Hang in there!

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  3. Well, advanced age can be a tough thing. I know. You know what actually helped me was using a knee pillow when sleeping. If you are a side sleeper (I don’t know cause I never peeked) the addition of a pillow between the knees really eases the sacroiliac joint or something. Sounds stupid but it worked for me…big time. Now I have my custom knee pillow from Amazon.

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    • so you’re seriously in trouble over the “advanced age” thing, you young whippersnapper! I’ve tried the pillow between the knees – it lasts for maybe a half hour till it’s on the floor. Bear sleeps with one under his knees and that helps him but I can’t sleep on my back. However, I should probably give it another try since another old crip recommended it (that would be you) 🙂


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