A journey into the workshop. #70: I need help!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-22-2010 05:12 PM 1407 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been nursing a really bad flare up of a back muscle sprain now for the past 2 weeks. The doctor has me on muscle relaxers and pain killers, which is all well and good, but it doesn’t do a thing for me being able to actually, well… Function.

And there are a good number of things that need to happen in my shop, and around my house. I have things in such a bad state in the shop it is frightening. I have the canoe taken down, partially. Literally the bow is off of its ceiling hooks, and resting on my workbench.

I need help.

Healthy, strong backed help…

The gate needs to be completed, and it is ever so close, just nail the pickets, and the already cut rot board onto it, screw the catch assembly together, and double check alignments and make needed adjustments, throw a lock on it and I am DONE.

Once that is done, the canoe needs to come the rest of the way down. I am anxious for this to happen. That will remove the boat, AND the non folding sawhorses from my shop. Not to mention one of the large tarps, and a few bungee cords from the attic… (Yay!)...

With the boat and saw horses out of the way, the air filter needs to be mounted. Now even with a good healthy back, I don’t have enough hands to lift, and balance the air filter up against the mounting cleats, while I get the lag bolts started. I must get some help here… I have actually considered renting a mechanics transmission jack, or better yet, a drywall lift to help me do the job…

But that is all in the future, for now, I rest, keeping the load off of my back, and get back up to speed. Then I can attack all of these issues, again…

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 05:40 PM

sorry to hear that. I’d drop by if I was any closer.

to health!

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 05:55 PM


The MOST important thing is to take care of your self first. The rest will get done once you’ve recovered from the back sprain…

In the meantime, relax and enjoy the break.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 06:19 PM

Thanks for the good words folks. I agree, I need to get back in step. Standing pretty much idle is making me crazy though. I am anxious to get things done…

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 07:31 PM

boy do i know how you feel…ive been there so many times…and im almost there again…but im moving around and getting some things done slowly…i wish i lived near you , i would come and do what i could…as i know it wears on your mind when things need to be done and you cant do it…are there any friends or maybe church members who would come and help with a few things…just a suggestion….but the only thing to do is rest up and get it better, so that you can get going again….i know that walking is the key for me…even when it bad…if you can get up and walk around your yard..or take a short walk on your road…walking will help strengthen those muscles …and do it regularly …ive been in this bad back situation for a lot of years now…and i know how it will wear on your mind…but just be positive…look forward and plan your next projects…and stay mobile…take hot showers…anything to get the back muscles to relax…well take care of your self…any time you need to talk about it..just pm me if you want…ill do my best to help you through it…grizzman

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 09-23-2010 05:54 AM

As I lugged the 50 pound suitcases up two floors, I realized my knee re-injury (minor) was not quite healed. Sherie went down for the last load of stuff. Keep moving, just don’t overdo it. That is the mantra.

.........a word from a long sufferer of back issues, born with it. Keep moving. Lighter activity, not rest, is the ticket. Rest is not the solution for backs. Exercise the abdominal muscles, strengthen and stretch hamstrings especially. Whenever it hurts do less, but don’t stop. Rest is bad advice.

If you haven’t done it, get into stretching exercises… is one source. I have gathered a bunch of exercises tailored for me over the years. Consider your back a weak point, an infirmity. Build up the muscles that support the back, such as the abdominals and the hamstrings, and be sure to keep everything else stretched out….........

Hope you get better soon…........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 09-23-2010 04:34 PM

Man oh man do I hate back pain. 5 years ago I was carrying groceries up the back stairs, suddenly my back went out. I dropped everything.. and smashed the eggs by falling on them. Couldn’t move for a half hour, I cried the whole time, begging for someone else to come home and help me. I vowed to NEVER be in that state again. Ends up that when I was 21… I knocked a vertebrae out of place between my shoulders. I kinda enjoyed getting into big fights and got thrown into a cabinet… I had anger issues and was too butch to go to the doctor. Well that weakened my back… then I picked up dancing for 10 years, which kept me in shape, but I retired 12 years ago and didn’t keep up. I discovered to have compact disc injuries, scoliosis, a lumbar vertebrae 1/4” pushed forward.. and military back… YAY. nice thing to deal with in my mid 30’s. My whole life suffered and fell apart.

After 2 years of HELL…. of Chiropractors, needles, massages, physical therapy, and diligence to 1/2 hour of Yoga in the morning… I have a very strong core again… My lower back is in place again… and I have no pain unless I do not stretch and work out for over a week (this for the rest of my life). NOW I feel so good after working out… something I DID NOT feel like that for the first 2 years. My work in the studio got better, faster, and more precise. I don’t give up as easily on projects and I control my anger better. I love hand tools now more than ever. And I have a better body than when I was a 20 something dancer, and just as much stamina. Yoga… yoga yoga yoga… it really works and much easier than you think.

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 09-23-2010 06:33 PM

David and EPJartisan,

Strength and flexibility are the solutions to many back problems, unfortunately not all. Rarely surgery is necessary. I also have a calcified facet, and scoliosis, all of which I had at age 7. Keeping strong and flexible, and a few stretching tricks with an acute event have been my solution, not unlike yours. I do not use medications and have never had any surgery. I have a sideways permanent list in my body, but nobody seems to even notice it, including me.

I think everyone is saying the same thing here, which is gratifying. There are a lot of people who would benefit from a structured exercise and stretching program such as yoga.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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