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Stuck at the Hospital

Another session of physio with Judith (many thanks!!!) – and another step forward in my recovery.

Weekly hospital visits and daily prescribed exercises are slowly getting me better. I’ve started taking evening physio as I was hoping to be back at work, so didn’t want my hospital visits taking up the morning.

I’m feeling better in general, but the sitting and driving problem persists. The other day I took a 15 minute drive, and it was not great. Apart from it being very uncomfortable and painful afterwards, it also went against the rule of thumb that says: “if feel that you cannot carry out an emergency stop, you should not be driving.” I can say an emergency stop is one of the furthest things from the top of my to-do list right now.

Still, as things ease up I hope my boss will let Chris drive me to and from work, because that’s the only way I can see it happening over the next few weeks.

I really need the money, but I don’t want to screw my back up in a permanent way. As I get better, I shall do all I can to make sure this never happens again.

Meanwhile, here I am, near horizontal in my seat as Chris tries to get us out of a jammed hospital car park during rush hour. So far we have moved 5 car lengths in 30 minutes… I will need to get out and stretch my legs before we even clear the hospital grounds at this rate.

Pah!


Picky, but easy.

It’ll be a Christmas for kids this year. Credit crunch and reduced sick pay (Grrrrr) means things are a bit tight. It also means I’m pretty upset – but I leave that for now, as I’m angry too.

Luckily Alex has very simple, but specific tastes. He loves his toy cars, and I mean loves them! He doesn’t care if he has two or three the same, as long as they are realistic. Yup, he’s picky too! He isn’t keen on toy cars that look like toys. Matchbox type cars are top billing for him – and as the supermarkets have own brand cars for low prices, I can’t grumble!

Today after Physio we did a little shopping – Sainsbury’s are doing toys 1/2 price at the moment, so we picked up a half price “Little Tykes” car mechanics set, with bench, tools and engine/car to work on – but don’t tell Alex, as it’s his Christmas present!

Alex was treated to a couple of car sets – under £3 the lot! They kept him occupied whilst Chris did the heavy work and loaded up the trolley with the work bench! Usually on a shopping trip Alex will get one toy car as a treat, and that keeps him happy for the duration – and these two box sets did their job perfectly…. maybe too perfectly, as he held them all the time, even in the car on the way home…where he fell asleep still holding them tightly!

As for my back, I can feel things getting better – or at least changing for the better – so many thanks to Judith. A trained finger pressed in “just the right place” can be a very, very painful thing – so always keep your phsyiotherapist on side! Annoyingly though I hit a set back the other day as I sat up to eat. Whilst upright I sneezed, which has left my lower back aching constantly again, but also tightened up my shoulders and neck. Where I’ve been holding myself a  bit taut to avoid hurting my back, the sneeze jarred me a bit harder than the usual relaxed sneeze. A sneeze!!! Damn it!

If it wasn’t for a few things I’d be going mad! Chris and Alex keep me going (Alex is a real star as he keeps me smiling with his intensity as he plays!). The Nordic Walking gives me a bit of freedom, and physio from Judith keeps my recovery progressing (progressing is the thing here – if nothing was happening I’d be more than a bit worried). The iPhone just keeps me in touch with the World (cyber speaking, that is), with twitterings, textings, Facebook and blogging.


Bad backs and Burger King

At least Alex is benefitting from my back injury. Today at the hospital, my physiotherapist (Hello Judith!) did a bit more traction, and then showed me some more exercises to do. The latest ones seem like dance moves from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“.

So far the exercises have been helping, and I am feeling better, although the bit I really want fixed (being able to sit for more than 10 minutes!) is looking like it will be the last thing to come good. Any unplanned or sudden movement is off the scale, but the general ache is all but gone.

After doing “The Time Warp” at Physio, we headed into Camberley so I could get a waterproof jacket for my Nordic Walking. I was drenched the other day, as I want to walk every day, rain or shine, as I want this back fit and fixed. The trouble is the other day had horizontal rain and a partially flooded route. I have waterproof trousers and socks, so that all stayed dry…. Thankfully I found a jacket today!

Alex got spoilt for being such a good boy – He’s been so well behaved, and becoming a very helpful lad. He has two new Matchbox cars, a VW van, two articulated lorries and even had a Burger King for lunch. All little die cast models, but he loves them. This was his first time in a BK! One happy lad!


Ever heard of traction, Mr Black…?

That’s what the Physiotherapist asked me on today’s (second) session…. and the first thing that came into my head was Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball. The famous scene where he is in a traction machine and left for a while by the therapist… only to have the baddie (Count Lippe) put it on a top setting to try to kill Bond…

Then that thought turned to the medieval rack…

I replied to the Physiotherapist that I had heard of it… but needless to say I didn’t think for one minute it would be anything like I had seen before….

As it was, I lay on my back with my knees bent, feet flat. A strap was placed around my lower leg just under mt knee joint, and the Physiotherapist must’ve have worn the other end of the straping around her (I couldn’t actually see anything apart from the ceiling!!!). To apply traction the Physiotherapist pulled her weight against the straps – and by heck…. ooof! Not the nicest thing in the world, and I hurt a fair chunk now.

I have to go back for more next week (Happy happy joy joy…) – but until then I have to use a TENS machine on my lower back to try and get some relief. She did say I need to make sure I keep up the Nordic Walking, as that has helped get rid of the constant pain (Now I just hurt when I move, and not all the time).


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