Sunday, May 24, 2009

I have woes

Yesterday morning, five minutes into my jog, something gave way in my lower back, and walking has been a complete joke ever since. The kind of joke that makes you wince and cry and stay in bed for eighteen hours at a time; not so much the funny kind. 

Also, for the life of me, I cannot stand up straight. My torso bends a full thirty degrees to the left, and who knows? maybe I'll be crooked forever after.

I got up at 8 to get the kids dressed for church and to send them on their way to sit with really nice people who also took them home afterward and fed them lunch (so nice!). I got up at 1 to make myself a peanut butter sandwich. And I got up again at 4 to soak in a long bath and get new pajamas on. Then I ventured into the kitchen and saw how my husband has been so busy taking care of me and the children and the ward at large that no one has been attending to the kitchen, so I decided to spend a few painful minutes on my feet to load the dishwasher.

As I hobbled into the laundry room to grab a towel to wipe up Norah's ice cream-water spillage on the counter, Aaron came up the stairs, having just been outside, and announced, "The bishop's here!" and headed straight to the door to open it.

I hardly had time to panic, but somehow I managed a (too loud) "Oh, for heaven's sake!" and lunged to slide the laundry door shut to hide one small portion of our messy house and then tried to tell Aaron, "Wait! Don't open the door yet!" but the door was already in mid-motion. Our visitors surely saw the laundry room, surely heard me yell at Aaron, and surely saw my next act of desperation. In my I-am-WAY-not-appropriately-attired-to-greet-the-bishop state, I pretended the door was not already being opened, and began to run/limp/wince/angularly hobble down the hallway and into the safety of my bedroom. I am extremely confident that Bishop/friend Jim and executive secretary/friend Brent watched the entire escape transpire. The door, after all, was already open.

So in they walked into our pigsty, talked to Steve for a minute, and asked, "How's Emily feeling?" "She's having a rough day." "Oh, can we visit with her?" "She's in bed." Which I was, and, which they also knew, I had only been for about 90 seconds.

So, that was my big exciting adventure for this otherwise painful and unproductive day. (Apologies to Jim and Brent.) Tomorrow I'm going in for my first ever chiropractic visit and hoping beyond hope that one Dr. Higbee can make my body straight and whole again.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

My, oh my. I'm glad you have such nice friends to take care of the kids at church. I'm so sorry about your back. I know how bad that can be. Have you tried lying on the floor, attempting some basic yoga stretches? I wish I was there to clean your house. AG

pam said...

This sounds a little like an on again off again back problem I have dealt with for years, the being bent over to one side part and not being able to straighten up once I strain my back. It has worked for me to be able to take several doses of ibuprophen over a couple of days, but you probably can't do that. Hope the chiropractor is able to help. Call tomorrow if things get desperate. Otherwise we will see you Tuesday evening with cake for celebrations.

Liz said...

Oh, Emily! I am so sorry. I know how awful that feeling is. Especially the "open the door before Mom is ready" part. Add that to being in so much pain...it's not a good combination. Good luck with the chiropractor tomorrow. Hope it helps.

lys said...

And to top it all off: you're pregnant! Poor thing. Can I bring you dinner?

amyraye said...

oh how i feel your pain. back pain is the worst. i hope the chiropractor works magic on you tomorrow.
i think my house is in that same pathetic state you speak of.

Sarah said...

I didn't know you were jogging these days. You are more ambitious than me. I am so sorry about your back. That is the worst. I bet yoga might help.

abby said...

i am sorry i laughed at your old lady condition yesterday. back pain really is the worst. so dr. higbee was too busy blessing his baby today to help you??? the nerve.

pepper said...

Emily, I am so sorry. When did you start jogging? I guess I know when you stopped jogging!!!

Nancy said...

I had some experience with a chiropractor when I was pregnant with Dallas and it hurt like heck and I was sure he had made me worse, but then the next day the pain was completely gone. Hopefully that is your case too! Good luck!

brandi said...

hey em- if your back is not feeling better i am coming over to help you, i'll bring lunch and we'll talk about all the things i learned this week about chiropractic care and pregnancy/birth:)(things i wish i would have known last year around this time). --o.k?

Andelin said...

So sorry! Hope you feel better soon! I used a chiropractor pretty regularly during my second half of pregnancy with Eli because of back pain. It was seriously the easiest pregnancy 3rd trimester I've ever had physically. Good sleeping, no pain after the first week. It was nice. I hope you get some good results too. I

pepper said...

Good to talk to you today. I just read this again, to my mom... we are both laughing.

Lisa said...

Back pain is the worst--it affects every movement! I'm so sorry, but, now you have a great, funny story--so, there's that. . .

Suzie Petunia said...

I am so sorry about the back pain. Ouch! I hope that chiropractor straightens you out. I've gone to one a couple times and it seems to help.

And... YOU'RE PREGNANT? I didn't know! Congratulations!! When are you due? I am very happy for you!

I will be in Provo in a week or two. I'll be staying with my brother near you from the 20th to the 22nd for sure, but I'll be around the week before that, too. I will NOT miss you this time. Promise.