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Doctor says I need a backiotomy

My lower back hurts. I'm not sure what from, but I believe it may be related to all the driving I've been doing lately. Tuesday I drove to and from Ralph's house in Lower Bank, which is in the middle of the Pine Barrens. I saw the Leeds house! Don't let anyone tell you different. Then on Wednesday I drove Jeff to and from his bank which is a million miles away. Then I drove up to Rutgers to see Jeff's brother Chris, and Ill and Mambo. Chris is in the dorm I was in freshman year. It looks a lot different now, new cosmetic touches (and a network: man, when I was a freshman, the internet hadn't even been INVENTED yet!): but someone was burning vanilla incense just like Greg Heudorfer used to, so it smelled the same.

Thursday I got sammiches at the grease trucks for Neil and myself and got us each a Fat Darrell (they're still only $4! Same as when I was in school! Sweet.) and drove home.

Friday Mitch and I went down to Baltimore to see an Orioles game, to see Cal Ripken play. The stadium was beautiful, so much brick. The game wasn't too exciting; stuff only really happened in one inning, and we weren't really paying attention then because we were walking around, checking out the ballpark. And Baltimore right outside Camden Yards isn't too nice; BUT, a man did come up to us, to tell us that Mitch's wife's [sic] hair was "awesome". I drove home from Baltimore, and that's when my back really started to hurt.

It was getting a little better today, but then I pulled it again leaning over. I realized that I do a lot of fun things that involve leaning over: like putting my pants on, getting up out of a couch, etc. Having a hurty lower back makes those things painful.

And tomorrow I'm driving round trip to Michelle's house in Long Branch. At least I feel a little better about NOT going on a road trip right now. Though I am jealous as hell. (My hair was purple and blue first, though, so neh.)


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Oct. 7th, 2001 01:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've dealt with back pain before, but if you haven't, here's some tips for your back:

When driving long trips, get out of your car once an hour to stretch. Also stretch carefully when you get up in the morning, and mebbe again when you shower (it feels GOOD) and periodically through the day if you've been stationary.

Stretches that feel good:
Stand, weight even on both feet. Bend as though you are going to touch your toes. Hang forward like this and enjoy the stretch. Now shift your weight so you are hanging more over one foot and feel the stretch in the opposite side of your back. Shift over to the over side and hang again. Come up slowly.

And: lie on your back on the floor and bring your knees to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees and hold. Rock a little. Then, extend one leg so it is straight on the floor. Bring the other knee across your body to rest on the floor (you'll be twisted across a bit). Repeat on other side.

And: get on all fours. Reach your right hand under your body and across to the left side. This will twist and stretch your back. Hold. Repeat on other side.

Other stuff that helps: when you're in the car, try rolling a small towel to put between the small of your back and the car seat. You can also get heated backrests that plug into your cigarette lighter for extra luxury :)

Just some tips for a gal with cool icons :)
Oct. 8th, 2001 08:07 am (UTC)
You can also get heated backrests that plug into your cigarette lighter for extra luxury :)

You CAN!? Man, that does sound luxurious. I should get me one of those: I do a LOT of driving. I've put over 17K on my car in the first year I've had it, and I don't have a long commute or anything, just a lot of driving and a lot of visits back home, which is >100 miles away.

Thanks for the specific stretch instructions. I'll be sure to stop at rest areas and perform those in the parking lot, both for the good of my back and the amusement of others.
Oct. 8th, 2001 09:07 am (UTC)
Another good set of stretches
Cat stretches:

1) Down on all fours, take a deep breath and arch your back DOWN toward the ground, hold it for as long as possible.

2) Still down on all fours, exhale and arch your back UP like a cat that is scared.

Rinse, lather, repeat several times.

I've thrown my back out three times over the years (hey, I'm 30, so that's once every 10 years!) and this really helps me out, along with making sure that I am not slouching all day, or laying on unsuportive furniture (soft beds, overstuffed sofas etc) for long periods of time.

Feel better!
Oct. 8th, 2001 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Another good set of stretches
Kudos to you, for finding a way to work the phrase "down on all fours" into casual conversation with Washu.
Oct. 8th, 2001 06:41 pm (UTC)
find your spirit animal...
i've found it's good to sleep for hours on end curled into a tight ball in a lumpy couch pocked with deep chasms. after that, try moving a heavy object from right next to your left foot to right next to your right foot, using a quick, wrenching motion. repeat this for about 20 minutes & then slouch in front of a computer monitor until the pain becomes a scorching white light that you can will to pass up your spine, to your neck, out through the top of your head. this should also blow your chakras wide open.
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