Monday, July 28, 2014
I hurt so badly that it generally just makes me want to scream. I am doing all that can be done for it, though, so it is just a wait it out situation. I hate it, and I hate not being able to properly work out, but there really isn't a choice in this one. I know when I have done too much because I unintentionally scream the minute I cross the line. I'd love to sit here and whine about it, but that won't change anything so I am resting when I have to, icing, heating, massaging, and carrying on with life as usual. Still sucks, though!
Because my workouts have had to decrease/be modified to accommodate the injury, I have been trying to increase my fruit intake and be mindful of my numbers. Tonight I decided to work dinner around my pineapple - which meant it was a Spongebob Squarepants dinner night. :)
Ugh, time to put my ice on my butt. Hope you're all doing well!
These are a trial run of Watchmen cupcakes I made over the weekend. I also made the magnet at the bottom left of the black book set area.
This was the view from our patio this evening at dinner. :)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Last night and today have been spent largely praying and yelping in pain when I move. That's a slight exaggeration, but not by TOO much. What happened is pretty straightforward and uneventful - last year our special needs son had injuered me pretty badly during one of the extremely violent outbursts he used to have so frequently. The result was a herniated disc. It was bad, but it got better and has given me no trouble since for the most part. Fast forward to last night - he wanted to "be the baby," which is what he says before climbing up in my lap to snuggle like a baby. Keep in mind, he is 18, 6 foot tall, and built like a linebacker. Even if he tried to be super gentle, there is just no getting around the fact that he outweighs me and towers over me by half a foot. Giggling and laughing and hugging me, he launched into my lap and something twisted the wrong way. At first I thought it was just standard "ow, that's not comfortable," but by an hour later I was in horrible pain on the left side. Within two hours, I found myself doing something almost unheard of for me - crying literal tears of pain.
Long(er) story short - all symptoms and signs point to it being a pinched sciatic nerve, which is apparently not an uncommon affliction with people who have herniated discs (even ones that do not normally present them with problems). So, I immediately took action to speed up the healing process - alternating hot and cold compresses, massage (thanks, husband!), stretching exercices, sensible movement, periods of rest, anti inflammatories, and so on and so forth. No joke, though, it still hurts a LOT. It is BETTER than it was last night (and this morning - ugh, so bad!), but I am still not doing any hardcore workouts for a couple of days. I AM going to have to be on my feet non-stop for no less than about five hours tomorrow, though, as I have a big cake and cupcake order. I feel confident that I'll be fine, though - especially since I know there is another massage waiting on me after I get it delivered. :)
Our son really IS doing so, so much better these days, though, and this was an entirely accidental and 'one of those things' kind of injuries. Sometimes they happen. He seemed to understand to be super gentle with me today, though, and was agreeable to nice side snuggling and hugs rather than full "who wants to be the baby" lap holding. :)
Otherwise, things are good. As I said, big order tomorrow. I hope it turns out well!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sometimes I stop at the end of the day and think "I really was doing things all day! Why do I feel like I did nothing?" Not today. I DID things. I did an arm, ab, and leg workout, then I worked outside for three hours on our back patio and the areas immediately surrounding it, then I made a full homemade dinner and dessert, and I also squeezed in four loads of laundry. I'm exhausted, but in a really good way I also felt completely justified in enjoying the dessert I put together - a Mousse Moose!
We did wind up picking out a nice wading pool for our son and everyone has enjoyed dipping their feet in as he lays across it. :) He LOVES it. In fact, it has made us realize that we may want a larger one. We'll see. :)
After enjoying dinner outside, we took the kids to the library and now we are finally settled in for the evening. Here is hoping I do not have our tireless son come in at 2:30am again tonight (as he has every night this week) asking to "be the baby." I love that he wants to spend all of his time with me, and I am thrilled that he is learning new words and is using them at the proper times, but I am getting really tired lately. I hope the three hours splashing around wore him out as much as the three hours of landscaping wore me out!
The Mousse Moose
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