Dammit! My own fault, too.

I thought after yesterday’s water-hauling that I might do well to put my back brace on. Woke up feeling no better and actually planned to put the brace on – but didn’t quite get to it in time. Now I can stand or sit or lie down but transitioning between them is torture.

Fortunately it’s the lower back and so will probably last only a few days. Early summer something went sprong around the level of my shoulders and I was months getting over it.

Truth is yesterday just generally wasn’t a good day. I got home from the water run and then actually slept through a good part of the afternoon. Laddie approved of that, for what it’s worth, but it’s true what they say – gettin’ old ain’t for sissies. It’s not the years, it’s the mileage and the collision damage.

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8 Responses to Dammit! My own fault, too.

  1. Mark Matis says:


  2. Joel says:

    Yeah, since you mention it this might be the time to finally try it. Trouble is… you ever been phobic about electrical shocks?

  3. Mike says:

    Shame on you Joel for not wearing the back brace.

    The mileage and the collision damage sure do add up over the years, don’t they? I’ve heard friends in our age group (like you, I’m 64) say how they would do things differently if they only knew what these days bring. I say to hell with that, every ache and pain I have is bought and paid for by living a good life.

  4. Zelda says:

    What Mike said.

  5. Judy says:

    Start the TENS unit on the LOWEST setting and turn it up to what you can tolerate, at the moment, a sting if you will. In the beginning you won’t tolerate much; as you relax you can turn it up a little more if you want. 20 minute sessions are the generally recommended length for the session.

  6. jabrwok says:

    Hot tub. Nothing for back pain like a good, long soak in hot water.

  7. Johno says:

    A good physiotherapist is first call for me after reawakening the sore parts, but I’m not as tough as Joel. I am however, stupider, I never learn. Keep forgetting that I’m not 20 yo anymore, but my body reminds me quick enough.

  8. Mark Matis says:

    What Judy said. And that thing works on batteries, doesn’t it? The current and voltage are positively limited to where it cannot do any real damage. But do start low, and then slowly increase to what works for you.

To the stake with the heretic!