Yesterday as my second Parent-Teacher Conference was coming to an end, I rose from my chair and froze, half in and half out, with a catch in my back. I could not finish standing. I could not sit. The pain was like a needle in my lower spine. I put my hands flat on the table and used my arms to straighten me out.
After that I had 6 more Parent-Teacher Conferences, then I came home to do my back stretching exercises. They require me getting down on the floor. This is all good and well if the exercises take the kink out. It is not so good when they don’t. Yesterday they didn’t. Getting up off the floor wasn’t pretty.
I took an Aleve and put myself to bed. One Aleve only took the edge off the pain. Twinges and spasms woke me every time I moved. Add to that a couple dozen bad dreams, probably pain induced, and you get a picture of a very bad night. About 5 a.m. I shifted just a millimeter to ease the pain, and my back popped. Now the pain is a residual ebbing tide as my muscles relax.
Pain is a wearing sort of thing. It saps energy. That is why I didn’t post yesterday. Plus, this chair is not particularly comfortable when I am in fine form. Already it is warning me to get up and move.