Monday, April 18, 2016
Let me begin this blog with a little info about myself since I was last active on SP. In May of last year I fell at our county park when I was with my kids & my sister and her boys on the playground equipment. Now, when I lead off with this, people usually think "Okay, you fell off of a swing and skinned up your knees, got it." No. I was on a piece of equipment I was TOO OLD for and TOO OVERWEIGHT for, trying to be the cool mom for my boys. When I say I fell, what I mean is that I "scorpioned" (google it) and hurt myself really bad. After my first ever ambulance ride in my entire life to the ER, I went home with a broken nose, a concussion for 5 weeks, and a ruptured disc in my neck. These shenanigans also intensified the pain from my preexisting back problems (degenerative disc disease thoughout my spine and two bulging discs in my lower back). I'm telling you all of this in hopes that when I tell you that I woke up with severe back pain this morning - you'll understand just how incredible that pain has to be before I would classify it as severe.
My back hurts daily. All day. Everyday. It has for more than a decade now, so I'm used to a certain level of pain in my back and neck. After trading my workouts for some house cleaning yesterday, I somehow hurt my ailing back. It was a true struggle for me to even get out of bed this morning, but I had no choice. I babysit 5 kids under the age of 4 in my home M-F from 7am-4pm and it's not something I can just call off for at the last minute. I took my daily medications for my back pain and waited for them to kick in... they never eased my pain at all.
I spent most of my day trying to take it easy and by mid afternoon, I felt pretty good. I had decided I wouldn't skip my workouts today, but would do both my yoga camp and walking challenge after dinner. Then, before I was even finished with dinner, the hubster informed me that we were going to watch a softball game at the high school. I sat in the bleachers for over 2 hours and came home with a slightly achier than normal lower back. Still determined to make the best of it, I went ahead and did day 6 of Yoga Camp... bad idea.
My back really hurts tonight. No walking for me. I took a couple of ibuprofen and one of my nerve blockers & now I'm in bed on a heating pad. I think I'm even going to have to get my TENS unit out. Ugh.
Anyway... this is me admitting that I pushed myself too far today. I just didn't want to fall two days behind on my challenges, but now I'm going to have to take tomorrow and maybe even the next day off and tend to my back. This is exactly why I need to lose 40lbs! If I wasn't so overweight, my back wouldn't be such a bother. I'm kind of mad at myself for overdoing it, but what's done is done and I've learned my lesson.
Say a prayer for me, please, and hopefully I will feel better in the morning.