TMP — Spasms

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

Before you read further, I want to let you know that I’m feeling very sorry for myself, and this is going to be a long (for me), whiny post in which I complain about being in pain. So if you don’t want to continue to read about my trials and tribulations, I invite you to move on. I won’t hold it against you.

For those who choose to read on…

Yesterday I posted here about a freak accident of being lassoed around my feet by my dog’s leash, causing me to fall hard, and, as my wife, who witnessed the whole thing said, “comically,” on my back. I think she realized that it wasn’t so comical when I couldn’t get up without her help.

Anyway, it was painful, yes, but the pain was bearable until the muscle spasm started. With almost any movement — a twist, a turn, bending, reaching, or even taking a deep breath — I would experience agonizingly painful muscle spasms in my lower back. I mean excruciatingly painful, tear-inducing spasms. I’m usually pretty good at dealing with pain, but these spasms were seriously over-the-top on the pain barometer.

As I experimented with ways to stop the spasms, I discovered that, strangely, standing and slowly walking, or sitting upright on a hard-backed chair, like a kitchen chair, was about the only way to control the spasms. Taking Advil every four house and a CBD gummy every six hours seemed to help, too. At least a little bit.

By early evening I had experienced some success in keeping the spasms to a minimum. I was feeling better and was up for taking our dog out for her last walk of the night. In retrospect, that wasn’t such a grand idea.

When we got back from the walk, and it was time to go to bed, I took four more Advil liqui-gels and another CBD gummy, hoping that I could control or at least minimize the spasm so that I’d be able to get a decent sleep. But it was not to be.

As soon as I attempted to lie down on the bed, whether on my back, my stomach, or my side, my lower back muscles would seize up tight and I would literally groan in agony. After attempting, and failing, to get in bed without excruciating pain, I grabbed two pillows, left the bedroom (which I’m sure my wife was happy about as my groans were keeping her up), put the two pillows on our kitchen table, sat down on the chair I had been successfully sitting on most of the day, put my head down on the pillows, and tried to get some sleep.

As awkward and uncomfortable as it was, I was apparently able to dose, until, in my light sleep, I would move. And then the agonizing spasms in my back would hit me hard. Long story short, I got a total of about one-hour’s worth of sleep last night.

I called the doctor this morning, explained what had happened and what was happening with the spasms, and asked him what to do. The good news was that, based upon what I described, he was pretty sure it was not a slipped disk or a fracture, so he didn’t send me out for X-rays or an MRI. He did prescribe a strong pain medication, Tramadol, which he said could be taken in addition to Advil for pain control.

The bad news is that with a muscle injury like this, the first two or three days after the injury are the worst. While the Tramadol should help me deal with the pain, the spasms will likely continue for the next two days — and nights.

If I can’t get much more sleep tonight than I did last night, and if the spasms will be anywhere near as intense as they were last night, I’m going to be a basket case by this time tomorrow.

And that is my very whiny peeve for today.

Blogging Insights — Empty Platitude

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

Today’s quote is from American country music singer and songwriter, Brad Paisley.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!

You can probably tell from the title of this post what I think about Brad Paisley’s quote. Is this supposed to be motivational? Maybe if tomorrow were November 1st, the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the quote was, Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 167 page book, assuming 50,000 words with an average of 300 words per page. Write a good one!I’d say yep, that makes sense. That is, after all, what NaNoWriMo is all about, right.

But as a general comment for writers, I think Brad Paisley should stick to songwriting and singing. And as Dr. Tanya pointed out, a better “motivational” quote that says essentially the same thing, but applies to more than one occupation is, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

Perhaps if Brad wanted to alter a motivational saying to fit writers, he should have bastardized “One Day at a Time” with “One Page at a Time.”

Share Your World — 01/2/2023

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here is her first SYW series of questions for the new year.

1. Did you stay up to see the New Year in?

No way. My wife and I were talking about how we used to think New Year’s Eve was a big deal and we’d have plans to do something special — a nice dinner, a show, a party, something — and we’d always stay up to ring the New Year in. We’d even let our kids stay up to celebrate the special night. But not anymore. It’s just another night for us, just one of 365 each year. We were in bed, lights out by 11 pm.

2. Are there any special occasions or events coming up in 2023 for you or your family?

Other than birthdays, anniversaries, and the standard holidays, there are no special events or occasions coming up this year.

3. Do you keep a diary?

The closest thing I keep to a diary is my blog. I know that my blog is not, nor was it ever intended to be, a diary, but when I go back and read older posts on my blog, it gives me a good sense of what was going on in my life and in my head at the time I posted them. I Also use the Google calendar app and the Apple reminders app on my iPhone to keep track of appointments and specific scheduled or recurring activities.

4. How did yesterday differ from January 1st 2022 or was there no difference?

Yesterday was a very unfortunate day for me (you can read about it here if you want to). I did not fall and injure my back on January 1st 2022 as I did yesterday. So yeah, it did differ, and not in a good way.

2023 — Not Off to a Good Start

When I woke up yesterday morning at 7:30, after very good night’s sleep, I was feeling refreshed and eager to experience the first day of the new year. The rain that drenched our area had stopped and the sky was a brilliant blue without a cloud in the sky.

I savored my morning coffee, read the Sunday paper, ate my breakfast, trimmed my beard, and took a shower. I was feeling great.

At around 10:30, my wife and I went to our back deck and sat in our swing chair to enjoy the sunshine and relatively mild temperatures and to watch the birds frolicking in the waterfall. Or dog was on the deck with us, busy chomping away on no-hide bone. Everything was wonderfully serene.

At around 11:45, the dog got up and started walking around, a sure sign that nature called. I got up and grabbed her leash and walked her to the spot where she usually takes care of business. Sure enough, she pooped. I pulled a poop bag out of my back jeans pocket, dropped the leash, and picked up her poop in the bag.

When I dropped her leash, she took off like a bat out of hell, and started zooming around the backyard. I saw her as she was heading toward me, her leash whipping in the air behind her. As she zoomed past me, her leash wrapped around my legs like a cowboy’s lariat wraps around the legs of a calf at a roping competition. Suddenly my legs went out from under me and I landed flat on my back.

And flat on my back in bed is where I spent most of New Year’s Day. Taking Advil every four hours, chewing a CBD gummy every six hours, and trying to lie as still as possible to avoid severe and agonizing lower back muscle spams.

Yes, 2023 is not off to a good start. For me, anyway. I hope it was better for you.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #200

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the Google Next Hub Photo Gallery.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows an arch-shaped opening in a rock wall in an ocean inlet. There is an orange glow brightly shining through the opening and some narrow streams of water falling down from the top of the arch into the churning waters in the inlet below.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.