Not quite in the workshop... #26: Chillin out, and giving my back some time to rest.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-15-2010 12:51 AM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Correcting auger mistakes... Part 26 of Not quite in the workshop... series Part 27: If I use a Japanese hand saw to cut wood, must I bow to the wood first? »

Those that follow my Journey Into The Workshop blog series no doubt have heard me repeatedly lament about my back as of late. I have given my overworked back muscles way more than they bargained for, well since I returned from Oregon in very early August.

Nearly on a nightly basis, and almost all day on each weekend day I have been building, cleaning, painting, or demolishing something around the house, and the workshop trying to finish getting both my home, and my workshop in order. Now for a 20 something year old fellow in prime shape this would be easy, but I am going to be blunt. I am a fat middle aged guy, that is already taxing my back with excess poundage. Now all this extra manual labor HAS been good for losing the weight (I am down 15 lbs!) it is BAD for my back, and it is time I take a break. So tonight, and possibly tomorrow night, I am planning on spending some quality time in a hot bath with some Epsom Salts, and then on a hot pad…

So without further adieu.. I am off to feed the dog, and draw a hot bath…

I know here at LJs we are all about the projects, and woodworking, and this post may seem in opposition to that, but remember, we need to rest up, and go at a pace that is healthy for the condition we are in, and of course strive to reach better conditioning…. The down time will of course be used to spend some up close and personal time with LOML, and maybe even refining designs for the workshop… All in all, down time is as good as active time. In both regards overdoing it is a BAD thing…

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 03:47 AM

well i certainly know about back problems…so be carefull with yours…you only have one… get that rubber duckie and soak in the tub….....makes me want to take a hot shower…yea…im gonna…good idea…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 08:58 AM

glad to heear you got the best out of backproblems…
not the easyest to do I know the tooooo well believe me
take care of that back this is one of those parts they can´t fix yet
don´t play superman …call after good freinds when heavy things
has to bee moved and some hydralic or electric lifters thats the worst place you can try to save money

now enoff whiiining get into work… ment into that tub with your beloved

take care

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 04:40 PM

On Monday I put my left foot on the first step on the stairway going up to the main floor of the house going to the kitchen. I somehow didn’t get my weight under me right, and a 37 year old knee injury decided that it would take command of my leg and wouldn’t lift my weight right. This jarred my back with its congential malformation as I lifted my right leg to go to the next step. It was just like a jerk, or small spasm in my gait. But I had to stop, and now 2 days later my knee and back are almost back to normal.

Nothing major, but sometimes age and small infirmities can run our lives, and dictate what we can and cannot do. Oh, well at least I was a small thing, but Sherie had to put her own suitcases in the car and take them out at the airport when she left yesterday….....bad for the ego….......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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