A funny old day…

A funny old day…

It’s been an odd day. Yesterday, around lunch time my back started feeling a bit tight- like I’d slept on it funny. Jackie gave me a couple of Motrin and I went out to walk the dog in the hope that the exercise would stretch it out. When I got back it felt a little better and just ached a bit for the rest of the evening, so I sat on the sofa and dozed a little while I watched the Yankee game.

Then when I went to bed I couldn’t find a comfortable position. I tossed and turned for about an hour and a half, getting more and more uncomfortable and more and more worked up until I couldn’t lie in any position without searing pain in my back. Finally, at about 12:30, I got up and woke Jackie in the process, and she decided to take me to the emergency room. She made a quick call and Matthew brought Jody over so that Crispy wasn’t left alone in the house and off we went to Greenwich.

Long story short- after being poked and prodded and donating various bodily fluids for testing they decided it was not a kidney stone (which Jackie had suspected, and the doc had said was a possibility), but just a severe muscle spasm. They gave me a shot of pain-killer in my arm, and a valium to relax the muscles and sent me home to sleep, which I finally could. They prescribed huge doses of ibuprofen and a valium every 8 hours and I feel much better now, I even went for a gentle walk with the dog this afternoon, but I have to take it pretty easy for the next few days. I wish I knew what I’d done to my back so I can avoid doing it again, but I don’t remember doing anything odd!

Luckily I had cleared the decks at work for today as we had planned on working on Crsipy’s room to put in his lower bunk bed, so Jackie let me sleep (we got home about 4:30am) and she took the dog out etc. this morning. We went ahead with our plans for Crispy’s room- with Jackie doing most of the work, with help from Crispy who was very good about being ruthless and throwing junk out- I sat and supervised. Then we went and bought a new mattress and now Crispy’s room is tidy and has his new sleeping quarters down below and tons of room for his stuffed animals (or a sleepover guest) in the bunk above (see previous post).

Jackie has gone out for a well deserved night out with her sisters that was arranged a few days ago and Crispy and I have had pizza and he’s about to teach me to play a silly game on the Wii (which should be fun in my slight valium fog). Jackie was wonderful taking care of me- and she’s had the least sleep of all of us!

Anyhow, I hope a good nights sleep will do wonders, and I will certainly take it easy at work tomorrow, and I have Monday off. So if I’m lucky this will just have been a one-off, but I certainly have new insight into baseball pitchers who get taken out with back spasms- it’s like nothing I’ve ever felt, and it scared the crap out of me!

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