I hurt my back. I am laid up at home this week recovering. When I went to Vancouver for my birthday, I took a duffel bag and messenger bag with me, so I wouldn't have to check any luggage. I don't even own luggage. Plus, I didn't want to have to pay to check my bags.
Well, I should have borrowed a suitcase - a coworker offered hers, and my brother also has one. Coming home, carrying those bags was too much for my back. When I arrived in Minneapolis I was walking so slowly that a guy driving a tram insisted I accept a ride to my gate. So, my back was overstressed.
Then, at work on Thursday, I was putting photos in frames for one of our summer programs, and leaned to my side to drop the protective paper into the recycling. AND I KNOW I SHOULD NOT DO THIS! I have hurt my back doing that sideways motion before! I did it about a dozen times until my vertebrae were cracking as I straightened up and I remembered: Oh, right, don't do that.
Well, by Thursday evening my back was sore on the right side, near my hip. I took 2 ibuprofen before bed. And more the next day. By mid-afternoon the pain was worse. I left work early. I showered as soon as I got home, anticipating that my back would get worse, which it did. Steve got some back pain pills, which I took right away. But the pain got worse. It was so bad I was sobbing. Steve wondered if he should take me to the ER, but - besides the cost of an ER visit - I didn't think I could manage to sit in the car or a waiting room.
I thought I just needed to give the pills time to work. Steve put a quilt and pillows on the living room floor and I slept out there. Well, I didn't actually sleep because the pain kept me awake. No position gave me any relief. Neither did heating pad or ice pak. I have never been in this much pain from anything. The floor was also not a good idea because it hurt so much to get up.
Saturday morning Steve moved me to the computer room floor and went out to do grocery shopping. When he got home, the pain was still unchanged. I called my Dr's office, and an On-Call nurse called me back wtihin 10 minutes. After asking several questions, she said, "You need to be seen," and urged me to go to Urgent Care. I told her it hurt so much to stand up. She said, "If you do nothing you will wind up in the ER in the middle of the night. The body can only take so much of that level pain. Please. Try." So I said I would.
It probably took me 10 minutes to get up off the floor. I was leaning on the computer chair on my knees afraid of the harsh stabbing pain I knew would come when I put weight on either leg. But Steve helped me up to sit in the computer chair, and that wasn't as painful as I thought. He brought me some clean clothes - a t-shirt and my sleeping shorts. No bra. And my slippers. I didn't care!
Steve put a pillow on the car seat and drove me to Urgent Care. Sitting in the waiting room was painful, but I was called back in about 20 minutes. They kept asking me certain questions, about pain shooting down my leg, any numbness, or trouble urinating - those indicate spinal cord injury, which I didn't have. Steve thought it was funny the Dr. who saw me seemed kind of bored, he was just nodding his head, like: Yes, you pulled a muscle. He prescribed three drugs: pain med, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer. At home, I sat in the comfy chair waiting for the drugs to kick in while Steve made dinner. The AC made me shiver and shake - I think my body was overstimulated from the pain.
The drugs lessened the pain right away, but I was unable to sleep for a couple of nights. I was in a waking dream state, where I was dreaming but not asleep. Very strange. The drugs made me so woozy I emailed work Sunday and said I'd need to be out all week. I am still in some pain when the drugs wear off, but nothing like the level before. I did have regular sleep last night. I can't sit in a chair for more than about 10 minutes or it starts to hurt again.
My brother reminded me that I'm not as young as I used to be and I should be exercising more and trying to get some extra weight off my body. Steve suggested a stationary bike, so I will be looking for one soon.
PSA: DO NOT LEAN SIDEWAYS WHILE SITTING. EVER. EVUH!
I drew the picture above to post at my desk as a reminder.
In Other News: I now have a Kindle Fire device! My best friend J. gave me a very big Amazon gift card for my birthday, and I knew I wanted a device. It just arrived yesterday, so I am still learning how to use it and what Apps are. Per her suggestion, I got a cover with a keyboard - I am typing this blog post on it.
I need to get used to the camera on the Kindle Fire. Not a great Selfie - I am seriously out of it this week.
I have also been thinking about uncluttering my digital life. Uploading all my photos to Shutterfly is a good start. I also need to upload all of my scans of artwork and The Journaling Project pieces. I have other documents that I probably don't need. Sometimes I start blog posts in a Word document, but once they are posted to Typepad, I don't need to save that Word doc. I can trust Typepad not to lose my blogposts!
I didn't realize desktop PCs were becoming obsolete. I read that somewhere awhile back and didn't see how that could be possible. But one of my Twitter friends said she hardly ever uses their computer anymore and I will love my device. If everything can be done via devices or phones, I can see how a big bulky PC would not be a great option. Steve wants to get a laptop.
We didn't realize with our Amazon Prime membership we have digital storage in the Amazon Cloud. It's free with limited storage, but more storage is only $10/year. We need to upload our documents from the desktop PC.
I no longer wish to live in fear of our computer dying, especially if it's an obsolete piece of tech.
I would also like to have a place to store online articles that I want to keep. I have been printing them out or copying and pasting into a Word doc. I am figuring out how to do this digitally.
I also sometimes keep notes on things such as how to make my big art journals, the measurements, how many pages of Stonehenge. I am going to create blog posts so that I will always have access to this information via my blog, not random notes stashed or typed up someplace.
So, my Life Uncluttering is also involving my digital practices. I feel like I am finally joining the Modern World.