Saturday, July 13, 2013

Normal Service Shall Resume Shortly

When I came home from France,  I brought home a little extra thing that I wasn't expecting.  I had managed to hurt my back and was scuttling around like a crab, with a temperament to match.  I don't really like anything that interferes with my daily life so this was most unexpected.  When I couldn't get out of bed without swearing like a trooper, I knew I needed to visit the doctor.  He was pretty unhappy and sent me for an MRI (no, they didn't find a brain) which showed up the aftereffects of an injury from when I was 16. Stop counting back right now, it's just rude... I had broken a bone in my lower back which is pretty unbreakable and spent a few months in a haze of morphine injections into my spine (ouch) and was pretty much bedbound for that summer. But memories fade and I hadn't paid it much heed since. To quote Jim Steinman, It's All Coming Back To Me Now.  With a vengeance.  I've a lovely gap between my vertebrae where one should not be, hence the current crab status and dose of sciatica.

This means a cocktail of drugs to calm down the immediate pain which have the side effect of turning me into a bit of a zombie and most days it's as much as I can manage to get through a working day and home again. Being a stubborn mare, I do occasionally attempt to do stupid stuff like drag the BBQ out of the shed without waiting for The Hubs to come home, or kick heavy boxes across the floor in work, and oh it does come back to bite me, with a vengeance...

So, I'm going to have to take things a little easier than usual for the next few weeks while this wonky back of mine calms down and starts behaving, so bear with me while I take the unusual step of doing what I'm told and resting.  Trust me, it will hurt me more than you to apply the brakes but I promise that normal service will resume shortly.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with a song that describes me perfectly from the wonderful Lyle Lovett.


  1. You're not invincible. Glad to hear you're taking it easy - a bad back is not to be messed with. I hope the sciatica eases, it's a horrible thing to live with & makes working in an office incredibly hard.
    Thinking of you.

  2. Sounds like you're doing the right thing, Aoife. Hope you are back to full strength soon!

  3. Ouch - sounds very uncomfortable. Hope you are back on the mend x

  4. Thanks everybody. Drugs seem to be helping massively so I'll be back in a fortnight waffling away as per usual!

  5. Sorry to hear that. Please take care of yourself, you're completely irreplaceable x