September 2019 found me cleaning out Mama's house, getting it ready for the Fall market.
The emotions of grief from her transition the end of May, at the age of 94, as well as saying goodbye to my childhood home, at least from age 7 and beyond, coupled with the urgency at hand, made for the perfect storm.
I had also been sitting a lot more the last year or so, while helping to take care of Mama, so more out of shape than my usual self.
I lived closest and made best use of back and forth up and down and all around, with daily trips.
One too many boxes carried in her tri-level and then up all the stairs in my home, made for a snap crackle pop in my back and butt.
Did I stop and rest? Noooo. Had to keep moving and that, my friends, did me no favors.
I will say, the house got done and had several offers the first day on the market and was under contract on the 2nd day.
Then there was the Out of the Darkness Walk for my son Kenny, the Saturday after I injured myself.
I am a block head and was determined to walk with one of Mama's canes.
Need I say it was a stupid move and the longest 3 miles I have ever done?
Even my daughter was frustrated as to how slow I was going, with stops along the way.
I did it though.
If pain were the main factor, i would have dealt with that, but something new was happening.
I was going numb from the waist down all the way to my feet!
Now for those who do not know me, I am a horticulturalist and am on my feet all the time with a physical job.
Even at half the week, when Mama needed someone there with her at home, I did have the other half when my sister was in town.
My doctor prescribed muscle relaxers and an anti inflammatory , but again, I am a blockhead and don't like to take things, so I never did.
She also sent me to an angel of a chiropractor. Someone who spent time to listen and explain.
I was so relieved to learn that I had many, many good things going for me! My bones were in great shape, my hips were better than I ever imagined! My body was compensating for my scoliosis in the best way possible and my spine was magnificent! My issues were all a matter of muscles and nerves.
She was so impressed with my flexibility, something I have always had even when overweight.
(though not that move with my bad back)
Her magic was done along with things to do at home.
I have always had a high pain tolerance, so when things bug me it is really up there.
I had a handful of visits and was on my own unless I had a really bad bout.
Did you know that the two things that were said to help the most, were the same two things that would aggravate it the most?
Walking and standing.
Helloooo. That is kind of what I do.
The goal was to get the bouts to be longer apart and not last as long.
That has been happening and now I can say that it has been 4 weeks since I have gone numb!
I have hiked in the mountains, walked Kenny's walk, gardened and lifted things, though not boxes on steps without a modification and I have weeded for hours at a time.
Dare I say I am ready to try and workout again? I know I must go slowly, but I will do it!
I have tried, but a bit too much at a time. Very slow now like a turtle until I can gradually increase those squats, pushups and such.
I shared with one of my teams that I do not care about my weight at this time and don't get on the scales.
I am still focused on getting my back better and I have been losing inches.
My clothing fits better and mostly, I feel better.
When I do get on one day, I may be surprised, one way or the other, but for now I am thrilled to say, my back is the best it has been in over a year.
Thank you for listening to my story and for putting up with me while on this recent journey.