Friday, July 21, 2006

I fought the pain. I fought the pain.
I fought the pain, but the pain won
(with apologies to Metric)

Right now I probably have more in common with the lads to the left, the talented and wasted Monsieurs Doherty, McGowan, and Gillespie, than I do with Emily Haines anyway.
I called in sick today for the first time in four and half years. My bravado has come back to bite me in the ass big time. When I pulled my back a week ago I was bragging that I would be doing back flips by the end of the week, but alas I appeared to have fuckered something up instead. Instead of continuing to improve, I took a turn for the worse and when I couldn't eat enough handfuls of Advil, I decided it was time to get some help. Instead I got some serious drugs - muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories - and an x-ray.
It seriously sucks! I don't know how I'm going to go Folk Festivaling for 4 days next weekend if I can't sit, stand or lie down. I'll tell you right now, I'd rather gouge my eyes out with a spoon than attempt to sit on a tarp on the ground for several hours.
But maybe if I remain stoned to the eyeballs like I am right now for the next week, it will be doable. Should be an interesting week at work too hahaha!
The library is right next to the Radiology joint, so I stopped in, as I figured I would have plenty of time for book reading over the next while. Hey, the doctor said NO HOUSEWORK! (not that I ever do any anyway...)
I couldn't find the Burroughs and Gibson books that Will had recommended, nor the Nancy Cartwright autobiography/behind the scenes at the Simpsons book which John made sound so appealing, but I did find the new Chuck Palahniuk book Haunted. Oh yeah, now that's what I'm talking about!
Plus I borrowed M.I.A.'s cd, Arular. It grooves.
Did you know that Neil is back in the blogosphere?
He's too modest to tell you himself, so go say hi.


She's Crafty said...

LOVE METRIC. Saw them March 31st with opening band "PANURGE", friend of a friend.
Such a good time. My first show since becoming a Mama.
Hate to see anyone in pain.
Get better already!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've driven my kid and her friends to see Metric 3 times but have yet to see them myself, Sarah. I really must fix that!

Good for you for going back to shows despite momhood!

michelle said...

OH NO BARBARA! You can't be ill, you're my vision of inspiration whenever I sneeze or get a runny nose! Fuck, the world really is on its ass now.

Please rest up & get better soon... I don't think chicken soup ships well. Especially given my track record for sending stuff to Canada! I guess you could always attempt to poison overly officious bag boys at the Safeway who call you ma'am, though.

You'll be in fine shape for the Folk Festival. Just you wait 'n see.

Will said...

Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well hopefully you will take a turn for the better. Calling in sick is no fun. 4 1/2 years - you do work hard. Best.

Allison said...

Yes, I've seen Metric 3 times, they rocked each time.

I'm sorry to hear your back isn't getting better, I won't brag that mine is. Its a slow process with backs, at least you're on drugs now?! I was in a coma for a couple of days with the drugs I got, but it might be good for you so you can see the Folk Fest ;)
When it starts to feel a little better make sure you move your others joints and muscles around, I found everything else stiffened up after I hurt my back. Take care and have a restful weekend.

kees said...

Aw barbara sorry to hear your still suffering, that sucks arse. I feel your pain (not your back pain your other pain). This very day I am supposed to be at a festival but can't go due to stupid illness. I'm getting my sister and her guitar over for an intimate festival on the balcony! If you can't go I recommend staging a small-scale festival in that loverly garden of yours - and you're already stoned! Perfect!

Ben Heller said...

Now's your time to do a serious amount of drugs Barb purely for medicinal purposes.

I told you about jumping off wardrobes.

Hope you get well soon.

Leazwell said...

Barbara, lie on the floor (on your back) placing your legs over a bench or chair. If needed, place pillows under the legs to obtain proper elevation. Place moist heat against your lower back(I'm sure this must be where the problem is). Believe me, I know about back pain. This little procedure has helped me many times. Stay down for at least 30 minutes or longer and do it as many times as needed. Use those stick-on pads ... Thermo pads or whatever they are called. They are helpful also.

You must take it easy. Stop pushing yourself and stay off your feet.

Barbara said...

like leazwell said...
Get better soon and take it easy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Some chicken soup sounds divine Michelle, especially as it's going over 30C here today haha. Oh wait, the way the postal service treats you, it will be here just in time for Thanksgiving!
It could all work out very well for being a stoned hippie at the folk fest. Thanks, hon.

Will - I don't really work all that hard - I just show up is all. But thanks for the good thoughts.

Thanks for the advice Allison. I shall use your knowledge gained from your recent back pain. After all, why reinvent the wheel?
And it is good advice, as I'm used to stretching every day and so already I can feel my flexibility decreasing.
I hope you continue to improve as well.

What a great attitude you have, Kees! So sorry to hear you aren't well, but a sister with a guitar on your balcony sounds lovely. Hope you are better soon so as not the miss the next festival. Tis the season.

Legitimately stoned, Ben, you've got to love that. And in front of the children even.
I really should have listened to you about the wardrobe leaping...

That's really good advice Leazwell. I'm going to try that, thanks. I'm sorry that you have such a good knowledge of back pain - definitely not the kind of first hand knowledge one wants.

I shall try my best, Barbara W, no wait I'm not supposed to push myself - oh I'm so confused!

mellowlee said...

Ouch! I hope your back feels better soon Barbara!

Oh oh, another book for my list! I think I've seen that particular one on another friend's blog, so now it's doubley recommended yay. Oh yes it is ( I googled it) and I remember him talking about the cover...does it really glow in the dark?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It glows in the dark, Mellowlee? What? I've got to go check this out. Thanks for the heads up. cool.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for that link to your friend's blog, Mel. I couldn't get it to glow but that could because I only held it in the sunlight for about a minute, or the plastic dustcover that the library puts on stops the effect. I'll try again. But what a creepy and oh so effective ploy!

Neil said...

Barbara, you're so nice. It's easy to see why you are one of my favorite blog people, as ever.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

aww Neil - you're too sweet. I'm so glad you're back with us!

phlegmfatale said...

So sorry to hear your back has got you arseholed. I hope you have a miraculous recovery in time for the folk festival.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh I hate to jinx myself by saying anything, PF, but I am starting to feel much much better. Thanks. Fingers and toes firmly crossed.

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