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Dec. 3rd, 2014

09:03 am - I have successfully completed an actual task!

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I just took out two garbage bags to the curb!

It doesn't sound like much, and yet I feel as if I completed a marathon. I've been struggling to do ordinary household tasks, ever since I pulled a back muscle, nearly two weeks ago. Up until now, my big achievements have included: 1) being able to sit in a chair for longer than five minutes; 2) being able to sleep longer than one hour; 3) brewing a cup of coffee (I've just finished my third cup of coffee since November 23rd.) Now I can add: 4) took out the garbage.

At this rate, I'll be back to my schemes for conquering the world, in no time.

(Special thanks, by the way, to the many family members who have been phoning me regularly in case I need anything, and world-famous character actor Conrad Brooks, who has been a veritable fountain of advice and well-wishes. And especially-special thanks to my Niece's husband, Roy Jaruk, who has provided transportation to the Emergency Room and other essential services, despite his own surgery last week!)

Current Location: home
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Au Pairs - "Come Again"


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Date:December 3rd, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
If you were here, you wouldn't be able to even do that! Snow mixed with freezing rain means super slippery. Even my car won't budge without external help.
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Date:December 3rd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)

If you were here


One more reason to be cheerful, on my part. When I went out, it felt like about 40 degrees, Fahrenheit. I would not have tried to brave the ice/rain/snow combination.

In fact, when I came back from the Emergency Room on the 29th (my second ER visit for the same back problem) my right leg suddenly spasm'd out from under me and I fell down a couple of front stairs. Luckily nothing was bruised or battered (apart from my dignity) yet I continue to be cautious of stairs.

What really digs at me is: I am actually in fine health! The ER doctors (and relatives and friends) keep asking about things in my lifestyle which might complicate my strength and health, and none of them are present. I don't smoke; I don't overeat or undereat; I'm even less sedentary now than a year ago. This pulled-muscle problem is just "one of those things that happen." However, being human, I want to make it fit into part of some sort of narrative, in which there is some lesson to be learnt. As close as I have been able to come to discovering a "moral to the story" it is: "don't try to reach up and put that one box back on the top shelf."

Not exactly Dr. Seuss-worthy.
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Date:December 3rd, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
As someone who has been laid up with back problems, I feel your pain! Congratulations on being even slightly mobile. :)

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