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Accepting a Weakness Plus a Positive

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Missed my run this morn as my back was still acting up. I'm gonna let it heal and then consistently restrict picking up Gwen, the 2 year old, as I did successfully the month before my half marathon. She constantly wants to be picked up, though. I am jealous that my daughter and son in law and husband can just pick her up and carry her with no problem. Seems like with my level of fitness, I should be able to, too. But evidently there is a weakness in my back and I must protect it.

On a totally positive note, my son in law has been hired and will start his new, better paying job with more benefits week after next. Can't wait to find out his schedule. He probably will get a few more hours per week with his family which is a good thing.

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    2020 days ago
    FAB news for your SIL. Sorry you can't just pick-up Gwen when you want to. I know that lack of ability 'hurts' (differently than if you DID pick her up often). She can always climb onto Grandma's lap, right?
    2020 days ago
    great news about SIL's new job - it's a tough time out there, our son was unemployed for 6 months - this time. take care of your back!
    2021 days ago
    Hope your back gets better soon. Congrats to sil and new job!
    2021 days ago
    I too had to stop picking up the granddaughter who always wants to be held. My back can't take it either. so when she wants to be picked up I quickly sit down so she can climb on my lap.
    hope your back is better soon.
    2021 days ago
    I'm wondering if there is something special you can do with Gwen that she will accept instead of being picked up: maybe a clapping game, a special double cheek kiss . . . some routine that is (by agreement with daughter, SIL and DH) reserved just for you and Gwen and that doesn't obviously impinge upon your back!

    Gotta say, I'm with Linda re investigating all possible diagnoses and treatments.
    2021 days ago
    You are wise to guard your back. The more you re-injure it, the worse it will get. You are doing yourself a big favor by taking care of it! I'm glad your son in law got the Frostproof job. It will be a big adjustment for them but the extra income will be helpful. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
    2021 days ago
    Good news for your SIL! Like you, I have an "iffy" back, and right now it is not cooperating. Hitting the tub for a mineral soak.
    2021 days ago
    2021 days ago
    I think Linda has sound advice. There are all kinds of things that can cause back pain; it would be good to find out what's going on; how to minimize it and most importantly how to prevent further damage. If there weren't damage somewhere; picking up your granddaughter just shouldn't be that big an issue. I'm sure you know proper lifting techniques to keep extraordinary strain off your back. Picking up my grandchildren when they started coming (18 years ago!) made me very aware that I had to get back to the gym! Often it's the right exercise, not rest, that helps. Listen to your body and be well. You've come to far not to get to the cause of this.
    2021 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I feel for your back, Marsha. I had back surgery in '86 and again '88 but my back has been fine since. I pray you get some relief and a remedy for it.

    Congrats on your son in law! I know what a relief that is for you and I can hear the love in your words for your family! emoticon
    2021 days ago
    Good luck with your back.
    See a doctor, exercise it, stretch and keep running.
    You've set a good example for many others.
    2021 days ago
    emoticon Back pain never seems to entirely go away so keeping to picking up Gwen minimally should help.
    2021 days ago
    I have chronic back pain. I see a chiropractor weekly and get massage at least once a week, more if I can. My chiropractor does what is called the grostic method and upper cervical. If she can keep my head on straight it effects your lower back for the better. Hope your back heals quickly, ice can be your best friend will it is hurting.

    Congrats on sil new job, hope it is everything that works for him.

    Merry Christmas.
    2021 days ago
    Woo-hoo for your son in law's new job! And gentle healing vibes for your back... _Linda has some great advice there, and she should know about being proactive in our own health care... worth looking into.

    2021 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So very sorry your back has thrown a monkey wrench into your life :( What is interesting is that your running does not seem to affect it even with all the impact? Have you ever had it checked out to see what issues you might be having, like slipped disc or something? I had very bad back pain this morning that even my exercise couldn't loosen up, but I know its because of my bad right hip, everything is just jammed tight in there, so once I can get it fixed I should be good to go. A lot of people have back pain issues, and some swear by chiropracters. You should look into anything that might help you. I don't believe in accepting something as fact until I have explored every avenue possible to fix it. Modern medicine has come a long way. Especially, I would want to know if anything you are doing could further damage what ever issue you are having with your back. Be proactive about your health and keep on asking until you get answers :)
    Take care fo yourself!
    A big congrats to your son-in-law, hope it does work out he can spend more time with his family!
    2021 days ago
    Protecting a weak body part is frustrating. At least, it's frustrating with my foot and I think it would be every bit as frustrating with a back. Good for you, knowing that you need to protect the back and having the discipline to do (or not do, as the case may be) what is needed.
    2021 days ago
    I struggle picking up our almost three year old. Babysat her and her older brothers four days and I'm still recovering four days later! Such is life. But, the joy of having her is bigger than the pain.
    2021 days ago
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