Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pets and back problems

Yesterday, while I was giving the rabbit her eyedrops, I managed to screw up my lower back.  Not sure how, really, but when I stood up I yelped.  I've managed to tweak something in the pelvis part of my spine, and I'm hobbling around like a little old lady.  I can't really bend over.  It'd be funny if it didn't hurt- that's a dumb way to hurt yourself.  But here I am, floor littered with objects that I cannot pick up without screeching in pain.

I had to teach today, and I knew I couldn't make it without some sort of support.  The only back-supporting/immobilizing thing I own is a black satin Edwardian underbust corset.  It comes down pretty far in the back, and is steel-boned, so I figured it would at least allow me to walk around and teach without howling in front of children.  So into the corset I laced myself, and I hobbled off to work.  Lemme tell ya, jeans and a tee shirt are not the ideal outfit for a corset.  I was able to walk, though, so it worked out.
The sports bra and purple tank really add something to the look.
What didn't work out was sitting in my office chair.  I've got a bit of the allergy-triggered asthma, and squeezing the bottom of my lungs in a corset while seated made it very difficult to breathe.  I had to tap out, go home, and unlace myself.  It was at this point that I noticed how I was standing to avoid pain.
Looks like scoliosis, doesn't it?  I don't have scoliosis.
I decided to lie down for a while, since being upright was not working out for me.  The dog and the cat joined me immediately, as they do when I am in bed.  My dog is 55 pounds of curly black brick.  She always sleeps on my right, and once she's out, she's not moving.  As of late, she has been sleeping right up against my hip.

As I read my email on my phone in bed, I noticed that my back was growing increasingly unhappy.  I also realized that Trixie was encroaching upon my space.  Zip was at the foot of the bed on the left, leaving me a strange S-shaped sliver of bed.  To make matters worse, my mattress seems to be developing a dent in the dead center of the bed, so all of us are rolling into it.

Son of a bitch, did my animals wreck my back?

The guest room has a twin bed that is not mushy in the slightest.  I think I might try to sleep there tonight, to see if not sleeping in a hole with a brick smashed up against my hip will help matters.  Not sure how I'm going to prevent her from getting in the bed with me, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

I still have to walk her.  What fun.


  1. I feel your pain... really, I do. My two kittles and husband snuggle up to me in much the same way your fur babies do, and it never occurs to them that perhaps I also need room to sleep. I wake up and rattle and crack like a sack of loose bones.

    I wore a back brace whenever I worked at the computer or in my sewing room, but what seemed to help the most was a contoured lumbar pillow and a pair of orthotic insoles in my daily wear shoes.

  2. Oh dear, i see my future now!

    Sending best wishes for healing!

  3. Ouch! Hope you recover quickly.

    A friend of mine was bending over to pet her dog and felt something pop in her back, so you're not the only one this has happened to. But I twisted my knee walking across the room a few months ago, so sometimes you don't even need a furry friend to injure yourself.

  4. I hear you on the back pain. For me it is my neck and shoulders. Take care of yourself

  5. I hope you feel better. I ended up doing something weird to my ribcage when I tried on a dress that apparently was smaller than the tag suggested. I thought I might have had a hernia! 0.0 Thankfully it subsided after a few days.

  6. my comment got eaten 3 times. i give up. back pain sucks. hope the walk stretched you out a bit. i sad for you.

  7. How did the spare bed work out? Hopefully, you're getting better every day. Also hope dog is not a leash-jerker.

  8. Hope you get well soon! I can totally understand what you're going through, I own two cats myself so room for sleeping is getting smaller! :D

  9. Pain can really strike when you least expect or want it to. What's upsetting is how it tends to worm its way into your slightest articulation and turn. Better watch out for that pain, especially once your spine starts being involved, being the fundamental support structure of your frame. Take care, Leslie!

    Jacqueline Hodges @ Dr. Koziol

  10. Coming from a family of physicians I would actually recommend moving around, gently, as you usually do (no exercising though). I get it about once a year when I've spent a day in a weird position, or slept badly. It fels like someone is stabbing you but goes away after 1-2 weeks. Use pain killers.