Monday, July 31, 2017

Day 6

It's a calm blue day outside, not in the least bit humid, a gentle breeze rustling the leaves. I am mostly stuck inside, cranking through my daily 1,000 words and caring for the man whose back muscles stopped cooperating almost a week ago now; they haven't been cajoled back into service yet. Walking remains excruciating, but his appetite is slowly returning, and his mood is gentle. He is a better patient than I would have thought, considerate, undemanding, not crotchety as I thought he would be, and angry at his incapacitation. Instead he reads, is reflective and wryly humorous. And he's appreciative, though he doesn't actually say so. But I know how to read him; I know what the hand on my head in the middle of the night means. Oh how I wish him better. There will be more diagnostic steps to take once he is able to move around again, without such blinding pain. What brought this on? How to prevent its return? The body is a mystery.


Our son, keeping his dad company.

12 comments:

  1. Sending love to you and your family, as you together give each other support. Can't think of a better way to begin healing than to spend time in bed reading. Thank goodness for family, low humidity, the gentle breeze, the blue sky.

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  2. This happened to me once, probably as a result of bike riding for years in the wrong position. I ended up having to get an epidural. I really feel for him. It is excruciating. I will continue to pray.

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  3. I love your family so much that sometimes it makes my heart hurt.
    I hope your sweet, good man heals soon. I truly do.
    And isn't it funny that it's such a beautiful day where both of us are?

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  4. Back pain is so awful, the back holds the tree up, the command center might be the brain, but the back is pretty close to right hand man. I hope that there are some nice drugs to take the edge off, to give him some gentle sleep, he certainly has a good nurturing family, sometimes that is not enough. Maybe a home visit from an acupuncture person.

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  5. I am so sorry that I missed the post about your dear husband's back troubles/injury. It sounds horrendous. You know what I'm going to suggest, so I won't be annoying and tell you here. Call me if you need anything. My mother has had a history of back problems that culminated in opiods and all that mess. At one point I read this very interesting book about the back by a physician named John Sarno. Maybe take a look and see what you think?

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  6. I am sure your family has looked into all possibilities. Still, let me suggest an experienced osteopath, preferably one that does home visits, just to check things out.
    Although, from the looks of it, your son's presence is the ultimate healing experience.

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  7. What a love your son is. That picture of him keeping his Dad company...it just slays me. May your Man heal quickly and well, and how could he not with such a team on his side. Big love Rosemary,sending you all Big Love. XXOO

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  8. A chiropractor fixed me up several decades back when I thought I might as well just die from back pain.

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  9. You asked "what brought this on?" A fair question. Had he been doing anything unusual, or any usual thing more often or intensely? It is terrifying when our bodies fail suddenly. At least that was my experience. I could see the downhill slope to complete disability. Actually I felt I could more than see it, I felt I was ON it. Wishing your husband a swift recovery from the pain, and a smart diagnostician to get him healthy again.

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  10. Poor guy! I hope he is on the road to recovery! :(

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  11. It especially hard when the ones we love, who are bigger than life, end up unwell. It doesn't seem plausible. I hope he feels better soon.

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  12. Praying relief and recovery for your dear husband!

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