Saturday, January 05, 2008

rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

I am still alive. Contrary to how I sometimes feel, my back is slowly improving.

Things started to turn around when I got in to see my own doctor (as opposed to the walk-in clinic guy), and he gave me really explicit directions on exactly how I should be looking after my healing. Plus better drugs. And it turns out I was doing everything all wrong.

I actually started to feel hourly improvement yesterday and my mood lifted. I had therapeutic massage last evening and felt pretty great for the rest of the evening, but was warned that today I would be stiff, with a big improvement happening tomorrow. I'm not sure I would call this stiff - world of pain is more accurate. I think massage buddy may have gone a little too deep. And I didn't even get a happy ending.

But, I am booked for more massage, I am excused from work next week, and I am hopeful.

But most importantly, I am so sorry that I haven't been around to visit you all. I miss you terribly, all the clever and witty things you write so eloquently about. I shall be back as soon as I can. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

24 comments:

Jas Bhambra said...

Oh no, Barb, the back still troubling you? Here are some therapeutic brain waves that I am sending your way. Hope they'll help. Feel and get better soon, Barb.

I couldn't go to work on Wed, Thurs either, I was sick as well.

Evelyne said...

I hope you'll feel much better soon, take care.

justacoolcat said...

"But, I am booked for more massage, I am excused from work next week, and I am hopeful.
"

Now I'm hopeful, because that sounds like a good plan.

Don't worry about not visiting our blogs, you know we just hold major grudges.

Take care of that back.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks so much, Jas, I am receiving your therapeutic brain waves and I do declare they are making me feel better. I sure hope you are better too, poor thing.

Thanks, Evelyne, I think I am starting to turn for the better.

It feels so good to actually have a plan again, Just A, I mean, other than the "just let me die" one. Glad you approve. I shall be back visiting before that grudge can fester into a war.

Maureen said...

Glad it sounds like you're on the road to recovery! Hurry back :)

Bubs said...

Man, I'm so sorry to hear your back is causing you so much grief. Take care of it! It sounds like the massage is a good idea--regular massages are near the top of my list of things I'd do a lot more of if I had money.

And YES, I mean legit massages, not the happy ending kind.

Allison said...

I'm having a flashback to the attempted massage I had in the summer. It just made things worse. So painful. I didn't have the time to go back in, as you are so rightly doing, so I do hope that helps. Its a plus you don't have to work next week and can just concentrate on getting better.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend, and feel better soon! :)

Sunflower said...

Wishing you well and hope you continue on feeling better soon. Those massages do sounds good.

phlegmfatale said...

Aw, shucks, Barbara - I'm so sorry you're grappling with this misery. I hope it heals miraculously and quickly. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm healing as fast as I know how, Maureen. Thanks for the boost.

This was the first time I had ever had a massage, Bubs, regardless of the ending, and I can see how one can become addicted to them. But I'm already addicted to pedicures, so.

I'm still aghast at everything you went through last summer, Al. The fact that you are still functioning is a testament to your strength. He did warn me that I would be "stiff" the next day, but I didn't realize that meant spasming like mad.

Thanks, Sunflower. I can see how massages could be very enjoyable if you weren't having them for pain relief.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Near simultaneous commenting there, Phlegmfatale! Thanks for your good wishes, I think I am making daily progress now.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sure, you'll be back around. This is all an elaborate ruse to break up with us.

mellowlee said...

Do take care of yourself Barb, so you can come back to us soon! Remember, the heating pad is your friend ;O) *hugs*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You know me too well, Dr M. I just didn't have the guts to break up with you all in person, sorry.

That heating pad friendship comes with strings attached, I am finding out, Mel, but yes, mine has sure been attached via umbilical cord.

The Gifted Typist said...

I've had electrical shots down my leg, wrenches and twinges. I;ve had to stand up for days at a time, terrified to sit for fear of setting off the bolt of pain down the leg. It makes you feel like a prisoner of your own body and you can never really explain it to anyone who hasn't had it which makes it worse...

I'm glad hear that you are on the mend now. Take care because if you do, the pain will go away.

Also, thanks for the movie recommendations, I'll add them to my list

JustRun said...

Okay, okay, I will not be upset if you promise to blog while on pain killers. Ha ha.
Hope things continue looking better, Barb!

Anonymous said...

Get better soon, sis. I wish I could send some home made minestrone and biscuits.
Berni

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It makes you feel like a prisoner of your own body and you can never really explain it to anyone who hasn't had it which makes it worse... - how true that is, Gifted Typist! I do believe this was far worse than childbirth, and I just never appreciated that before.

You like reading the stuff I write whilst drooling into the keyboard, do you Justrun? You've got a bit of a mean streak.

Talking to you tonight was far far better than your minestrone and biscuits, Berni and we all know how awesome those are!

John Mutford said...

Judging by the last sentence, I'd say the problem lies with your acupuncturist not your massage therapist. Good luck recovering.

BeckEye said...

I hear acupuncture works, but I don't think your eye is a good pressure point.

Hope you're feeling better soon! Back pain sucks hard.

And now I see that someone beat me to the acu-punch.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh THAT'S what I've been doing wrong, John! That might explain my failing eyesight as well haha.

You and John have equally twisted minds, Beckeye.

Beth said...

You’ve been TAGGED!

Rositta said...

I hope your back starts to feel better soon. I always find ice works better than heat for me, at least short term, that plus drugs. Robaxicet works pretty good I find...ciao

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was a fun tag too, Beth!

It sounds like you have experience with back pain too, Rositta, lucky you. I am told that ice is best for the first 48 hours, then heat. When you are approaching 3 weeks and your drugs are running out, I know longer know what to do though.