?

Log in

Belated happy Valentine's day - John [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
John

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Belated happy Valentine's day [Feb. 15th, 2011|07:56 am]
John
Yesterday started as a really bad pain day - I ended up going in an hour late, because I just couldn't get into the car until nearly 10.

Pain pills kept me tired and grumpy all day. And then... at 5:00 someone needed a hand off for a Sev A case - meaning, we stay on the phone until the problem's resolved (or severity goes down). And... I couldn't. I could see myself starting to write the e-mail, "I'll take the handoff, you can go home, it's an hour past your shift."

But I couldn't see sending it. Because it might have kept me past the end of my shift, and I was just too tired. And in too much pain, though the pain wasn't that bad any more.

I think it was the right choice. I was exhausted.

A good friend wanted to buy me dinner at Chipotle's and a heart-shaped box of candy at See's. And sure, he's a bit weird, and sometimes stupidly sentimental, but what the hell, I let him. And it's become a low pain night, and possibly a chance for getting to bed early. I did a bit of exercise, found that it was making my hip/thigh twinge a bit, and decided I was good with just going to bed.

This morning, I'm happy that I forgot to take my lunch to work yesterday. I have some mini-parmesan stuffed ravioli in some homemade spaghetti sauce (diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, and equal amounts dried basil, oregano and parsley, the whole mass cooked until the diced tomatoes start to break down). It's only looking like a moderate pain day, which I'm going to melodramatically call a harbinger of hope.
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: kightp
2011-02-15 04:08 pm (UTC)
Does it count as polyamory if I mention that I love your good friend?

(-:
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: laurarey
2011-02-15 05:09 pm (UTC)

back pain

Having had surgery for a disc that broke in my lower back, I totally get the pain you're in. I found this really helpful: http://www.invertrac.com/
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: bkwrrm_tx
2011-02-15 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're able to begin taking care of yourself.

*gentle hugs*
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I left my second Chipotle's burrito at work. Now I have to decide what to do for lunch. Sigh.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: phoenixpdx
2011-02-15 08:29 pm (UTC)
So....do you find that the pain is almost always worst in the mornings and gets better over the course of the day?

When I find this starts happening to me, I know it's time to turn the mattress or flip it or whatever was the next thing to do to it.

Which, of course, is not something one does alone with a bad back.

Unless it's a waterbed, in which case, you can ignore me now. :-)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 09:09 pm (UTC)
That's a point. And I guess I'll do it (and I can - it's not that kind of pain).

But I think it's not the mattress. I think it's just that there's no good position, and everything cools off at night. I think (hope? :-) ) it's stiff muscles binding the sciatic and once they loosen up, things get better.

Hey, I've got plenty of time to loosen them, now :-).

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)