Back update — vacation plans nixed. Bummer.

Thank you everyone, sincerely, for your prayers.

I have a weensy bit of scoliosis — my spine curves off to the left as it meets my pelvis.  Normally, this doesn’t cause a ton of problems;  about twice a year, I have back pain and go to the chiropractor, and he pops and twists everything back into place in a visit or two.

Two weeks ago today, I hurt my back, as I twisted as I lifted Fiala…  but we were in the midst of Fiala’s allergy testing that week, and I just didn’t do anything about it except try to rest.  Finally, last Monday I went to the chiropractor.  That helped somewhat, but my muscles were already so out-of-whack from being out of place for a week… so I went back on Wednesday.  I hadn’t been home for 20 minutes when I seriously threw it out… by… bending over my bed to change Fiala.  That’s all I did.  And my legs buckled.

Long story short, I was on my back from Wednesday night to Saturday morning.  I couldn’t walk, couldn’t stand, couldn’t sit.  Even laying very still on my back hurt immensely.  I was icing, using Salonpas patches, Traumeel cream, taking ibuprofen (which I didn’t want to do, but I was in such pain!).  My husband took Thursday and Friday off of work to keep us fed and cared for.  We took two excruciating trips back to the chiropractor on Thursday and Friday.  Finally, by mid-morning Saturday, I could walk, briefly, without excruciating pain.  And, by yesterday, I could sit briefly.

I’m sitting now, as I type this.  But, still, I’m supposed to be either lying flat on my back, or standing.  And no lifting at all.  I feel about 90% better, which is fabulous.  I had started to lose heart and was becoming really upset and stressed about the pain.  I mean, my husband can’t stay home from work forever;  I need to be functional to mother!

I think that was the worst I’ve ever hurt, barring labor.

A HUGE bummer is we’ve had to cancel our vacation, which was due to start tomorrow.  I haven’t done laundry in a week.  I haven’t prepared food for the trip — with Fiala’s new allergen-restricted diet, it’s still hard for me to sort out what we’re eating while at home, let alone taking it on the road.  Plus, her huge yeast infection is not yet healed, and it’s so time-consuming to care for her diaper area… it’s hard to figure out how we’d do that, camping.  (Note:  Oddly, fresh aloe vera gel, from our plant out back, was making it worse.  Maybe there’s a tiny amount of natural sugars in the gel that the yeast was feeding off of.  Not sure.  Overall, it’s better than it was a week ago, but frustratingly, not healed yet.)

Martin and I are trying to come up with consolation plans for our trip…  It will likely involve my mother and stepdad’s newly-remodeled cabin in the tiny mountain hamlet of Crown King, and hopefully, a trip to Horsethief Basin to fish… But my kids are really, really disappointed.  Martin and I are also thinking maybe we can take the kids to Disneyland in early January — Disneyland which is INSANELY expensive, but to which we’ve never gone (well, Martin and I went before we had kids), and I think they’d be very excited about going, though to place their hopes four months out is difficult for kids.

So, thanks again to everyone for your concern and your prayers.  🙂  I’ll have to catch up later on your blogs, though!!!!


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 31, 2009, in Arizona, Babies, Family, Housework, Medical Stuff, Sad Things, Scary stuff, Summer Plans, The Dear Hubby, The Kids, Travelling. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. newbeginnings09

    My heart hurts to hear that you’ve been in this much pain. (((hugs and even more prayers)))))

  2. You and my mom can roll yourselves around in wheelchairs and trade horror stories. She can’t even hold Koala. But she is working, which just involves sitting and taking money from the students.

    I am sorry that you were in so much pain. And especially sorry about the vacation. I know my kids would be so dissappointed. We are leaving on our anniversary to camp at Mena, AR. A sweet little place that we stayed at when I was a kid.

    Disneyland would be so fun. We have always wanted to go but the drive and then the cost would wipe us out.

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