wee hours

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Good Morning Spark Friends,

Once again I am up in the wee hours with back pain. This is no fun ! Thank heavens I am retired and can catch up on sleep whenever I drop from exhaustion ( slight exaggeration there). I have been doing some gentle yoga stretches for the last couple of hours. Not to fear, I have taken yoga for about 45 years and am a lifelong devotee. I have a 'restoration' mat and use much care, many props, and tenderness on myself !

Today, ( actually yesterday now), I decided that walking would help. If I am standing or walking the pain is much reduced. Lying down on my back is out of the question. Sitting hurts too. I've been advised that when standing or walking, the legs and lower half of the body support the trunk. When sitting the back supports it, hence pain. Lying on my back painfully stretches the muscle that we think is torn. Like my weight loss, this will be a long slow process.

My dog, Paw Chu Li and I took two long and enjoyable walks today. She likes the walking plan. Weather has been perfect, mid 70's, bright sun and a slight breeze.

I am keeping my calories under control and drinking lots of water. I love water. About 10 years ago I went to a hypnotist for weight loss, obviously it didn't work. He would hook me up via goggles to a random light show . Then he would place headsets over my ears. One side repeated the message, " You love water, water is your favorite drink". The other side was in a spoken voice and would tell me all of the reasons I wanted to lose weight. The good news is that for $1500.00, I have loved water ever since. I start the day with a cup of coffee and drink only water the rest of the time ! My grandkids find it interesting that "Gramma only drinks water." They get off easy, I told their parents that sugar is the 'white death".

Well it's almost dawn.... I think Chu Li and I will sit on the porch and watch the sun come up. I wish you every blessing and joyful surprise today !


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    Annette, I'm so behind in my blog-reading! It's been a busy past several days here. That back pain can be so miserable, can't it? But you're really being proactive there by doing some gentle yoga for it - great idea! Sometimes, some of the most unexpected things can aggravate it, as sitting and lying on your back do. So good that you and that sweet Paw Chu Li can enjoy walks together, especially in this beautiful weather. That's a fascinating technique your hypnotist used! Sounds like it REALLY worked well for you, too - wow! We both steer clear of white sugar :) Give that sweet Chu Li a little hug for me, won't you? I love dogs! Lots of healing, sunny wishes to you - Sandi emoticon
    3939 days ago
    ah hahahaha! I am so sorry you're in pain, and I'm equally happy you still have your humor! Kids and yoga must've helped you on your path emoticon Here's to you, dear emoticon ; may it help wash away any pains... emoticon

    with love,
    3941 days ago
    I hope that you find some relief to your pain. I have broken vertabra's in my back sine I was a child and to this day I suffer standing in one place ( but I can walk since the pressure is different)or sitting to long.
    3942 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    i have the opposite problem with my back.. I have degenerative disk in my lower spine and it hurts me to walk or stand.. I need to sit a lot and cannot lie on my back at all..I feel for you..this getting little sleep is for the birds.. I have been having the problem also since I started taking this arimadex as it causes the hot flashes etc..if the disease doesn't kill you the meds will.. emoticon hang in there.. we will survive this also.. emoticon emoticon
    3943 days ago
    Have you tried Arnica? Not quite sure it will work on a torn muscle, but it's great for sprains and bruises.

    Also, might one of those zero gravity chairs work? You might be able to find a position and actually be comfortable enough to sleep.

    Either way, I hope you have a gentle day.
    3943 days ago
  • 1NIMUE
    That sure was expensive water!

    Have you tried Reiki or Healing Touch? They work.....
    3943 days ago
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