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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.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Ouch! Maybe you should see an osteopath. I have back problems too (from a car accident) and my osteopath has made such a difference.

  2. Mumma — so far this only happens a couple of times each year. I have a hard time convincing myself to see any doctor. I generally suffer until I think I am dying. This didn’t even come close to that.

  3. Ohhhhhhh dear! I HATE it when that happens! I would have been at the chiropractor directly after school, do not pass go, do NOT collect ANYthing! I don’t usually get stabbing pains from disc moves — but I am FAMOUS for popping a rib out of place! And when that happens it’s like having the wind knocked out of ya — you just can’t BREATH! And it happens soooo easily – I can just bend over to pick up a laundry basket or a bag of trash! But the chiropractor can always pop it right back in and the relief is immediate! I learned long ago not to mess around with “waiting” for things to fix themself when it comes to back pain!!! Cuz the chiropractor fixes it EVER so much faster!

    I hope you are feeling better today Quilly! And … I hope you ICED it!!!

  4. Mike — it’s still a bit tight, but not as sore as yesterday.

    Melli — if I couldn’t breathe I would likely be seeking immediate help, too. Oxygen is precious to me.

  5. I’m sorry you were in pain. Take some time for yourself today and get caught up on your energy reserves.

  6. Brig — today, between parent-teacher conferences and grading 127 poems, I will try to do something for me. Maybe I’ll take a few minutes and visit the rest room. :p

  7. I know what you mean about going to the doctor. I have to have a bone poking through skin or be puking up a lung to feel like the expense is justified.

  8. Kat — that, and the fact that you have to wait half a day to be seen for 15 minutes. I can’t handle that when I’m sick, and I don’t have time to handle it when I’m not.

    Polona — I’m feeling better already.

  9. Quilly,

    Ouch! A back injury is my number one fear when I exercise. I get a lot of sore muscles there, but thankfully no damage done thus far.

    I’m picturing you rolling around on the floor looking for a way up that doesn’t involve using your back at all. A turtle upside down. Sorry, but it’s mildly humourous. I just hope you have nice soft carpets and not hardwood!


  10. That does not sound good! Personally I like my Lazy Boy with my lap top on my, well…laps. Better for the back!
    when sitting at my desk and blogging for hours I developed neck problems for quite some time.
    Our body, ey? Not as strong as we wish!

  11. it’s the energy-suck part of pain that seems worst to me. it just wears down your reserves. I’m sorry you’re having back problems. sounds miserable.

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