Oh. My. Word.
Where have I been you wonder?
That's "Flat On Back" as we've called the afternoon break time for the kids at summer camp. (This year it will change to Feet On Bunk since getting 6th graders to lay down for 30 minutes is near impossible!!)
Last weekend was filled with all the busyness that goes along with our annual church "eggstravaganza" egg hunt, an emotionally intense family photo shoot for a friend of mine who just started chemotherapy this week and babysitting our sweet little toddler friend again.
Good weekend until........my back started giving me some whines and moans.
I noticed during the photo shoot that whenever I'd stand up from squatting or kneeling to take the pics at just the right angle that I wanted that my back would kind of give a twinge of "oldness". Then through the course of the weekend I felt the twinge with each time I'd pick up the toddler. By Monday night I couldn't even hold the child and PandaPop had to hold my hands for me to get off the couch.
Fast forward to 1:00AM. I got up to go to the bathroom only to find myself in writhing pain. Tried to make my way to the end of the bed only to start blacking out followed by panic. The next thing I know I'm flat on the floor on my back, PP is over me and I am sweating profusely scared out of my mind because I can't get up. The only other time in my life that I've fainted was after a shot in the rear of medicine for severe strep throat. It is so darn scary!!!!!
PP was saying that he was calling an ambulance if I couldn't make it up in the next few minutes.
I. Was. Scared.
I took me another 15 minutes or so to make it to the bathroom only a few feet away. Never in all my live long days have I had back problems. Never do I want to have them again!!
I went to the doctor Tuesday afternoon gasping for air with each step that made my teeth shudder due to the pain. She gave me a muscle relaxer and an anti-inflamatory and told me to stay in bed for the next two days and then play it by ear on Friday. Today I am so grateful to say that my back is a bit better. I can walk....ever so slowly.....to the living room and back to the bedroom without losing my breath. However, I have a long way to go before I can say "back to normal".
Boils down to not being in great shape and my back saying it was done for at the moment. Believe me when I say that I hear my wake-up call LOUD AND CLEAR!!! This girl will be building her core strength immediately and focusing on health.
While having all the fun of laying flat on my back for three days I was able to empathize with people who have chronic back pain, paralysis or just anything that knocks them off a "regular" schedule of life.
PandaPop has been unbelievably AMAZING in taking care of me, PandaGirl, our home and all his work duties. Lord, bless him!!!
On Monday my socks were knocked off when PP came home with a new laptop computer that some friends purchased for us when they found out ours died and it was affecting my photography and such. I prayed blessings back on them as well.
I'm still on the mend and will be for quite some time, I do believe, but I am so grateful for the ability to even walk to this computer and be out of the bed, even if for only a little bit at a time.
I'll be back soon with some recent pics. I have to learn how to do photos on my new Dell PC laptop and since you all know that I've been a self-proclaimed Mac Snob I'm having to eat some humble pie. Can't look the gift horse in the mouth. Smile.