My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #340: Down for the Count

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-15-2011 01:40 PM 4096 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As the day progressed yesterday, so did the symptoms.

I made a trip to the pharmacy around noon and wound up getting some allergy relief tablets recommended by friends and the pharmacist.

However a new symptom began – back spasms. I am not prone to this, and have only had it once in my life. I didn’t lift anything or twist in an unusual way but as the day but they became increasingly severe.

By 10:30 or so, it was bad enough to make the trip to the hospital. With the bites and all still being bothersome, and now not being able to sit, stand or lay in any position comfortably, I thought it was time.

Fortunately, it wasn’t busy and we were only there a couple of hours. I saw the doctor, who said the bites were infected and he prescribed antibiotics and also muscle relaxers for the spasms, which he wasn’t sure if they were related or not.

Bottom line – I got home around 2am and I am pretty messed up. Still itching and still very uncomfortable no matter how I am positioned. The doctor told me it would be a “rough couple of days”.

The worst part is I can’t sit at my computer. I did finish a drawing yesterday and fully intended to cut it out today, but that doesn’t seem like it will happen. I will play it by ear and hopefully once the medicine kicks in I will be able to function again.

I will keep you posted and thank you very much for your good advice.

I hope you have a great day.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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View William's profile


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#1 posted 05-15-2011 02:34 PM

Depending on what they give you, muscle relaxers can have quite an effect on some people. I know you want to scroll or paint all you can, but please do be careful until you have time for those to get into your system. If you want some horror stories, just shoot me a PM. I take muscle relaxers on an almost daily basis. I have for over ten years now. There are time that I have several good days in a row and take none. Then I’ll have a bad day and, oh boy. Let’s just say that for such a small pill, they can make a large man like me very weak kneed.
Be careful.


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#2 posted 05-15-2011 02:46 PM

Get well soon.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 02:50 PM

Get well.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 03:03 PM

Thanks, guys. Believe me – there is NO chance of me scroll sawing today. I don’t know what happened to my stupid back, but it is just hurting no matter how I sit, stand or lay. I just don’t get it. I just hope it gets back to normal soon. :(


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 03:22 PM

try socking in a hot bath ,that helps my back..

-- merle

View William's profile


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#6 posted 05-15-2011 03:23 PM

I have muscle spasms in my back on a regular basis. Sometimes they are barely tolerable. Even when they are tolerable though, those spasms can make for a miserable day. In my case, if I sit too long, it hurts. If I stand too long, it hurts. If I lie down to long it hurts. If I breath too long basically, it hurts.
When all else fails, I will tell you two things I do that eases it up for a little while anyway. A well placed heating pad can give some relief. What helps the most though is a hot bath. I’m not talking about a warm bath, a hot bath, as hot as I can stand it. The problem with the bath is when I have been several days without any good rest. I can’t tell you the number of times in the last ten years that I finally got relaxation in a hot bath, and went to sleep. The problem with that is that I go to sleep and wake up to worse muscle spasms because I’m lying in a hard bathtub full of cold water. Not good.
Since moving to our present house, I no longer have the option of showers. We lived in a house once that had a walk in shower though. I had a shower chair and would sit backwards with the hot water hitting my back. That gave me more relief than anything I’ve ever tried. Unfortunately for me though, I could only do this in a walk in because of my bad leg. My present bathtub isn’t large enough for the chir, and I don’t have the luxury of standing without a brace or a cain, neither of which are safe to be using in a shower.
You may try any of these suggestions Sheila. I will tell you if you do the shower idea though. As good as it might feel to you, limit yoursefl on how long you let the hot water hit one spot. It feels relieving until the water stops. Then if you’ve allowed it to hit on one spot too long, that spot will be more sore than it was to begin with.


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#7 posted 05-15-2011 04:31 PM

well im so sorry to hear this sheila…what your going though is what i would call…my world…this is what i deal with every day…and i hate that your having to deal with it …please take it easy and let the meds do there job…one thing i would recommend is that you try to get some walking in..its the best thing to do…you will prob hurt at first , but if you keep will help get things in alignment , your in my thoughts and prayers..also heat has worked well for me…if you can stand some in the shower and let the hot water hit your back, wet heat is the best…if you have a heating pad…put it over a damp towel..put the heating pad inside a plastic trash bag and then put that over the damp towel..also use some anti inflammatory’s …up to 800mg…..i have morphine prescribed for my problem..and it really helps..if your pain doesnt seem to let up soon enough, get your regular dr to prescribe some type of pain meds…hang in there…grizz

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

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 08:22 PM

Sorry to hear you are so down in the dumps, Sheila. I hope you recover soon.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 05-15-2011 10:11 PM

hey whats that tuff girl down ….. not good
what william say in his last comment ain´t bad for backpain
but allso as he says not for too long and fast in to bed bringing the warm from the water
and stay there a ½-1 hour just relaxing …... sounds as lazyness but better than not to be able
to do anything the rest of the day

hope you recover fast


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#10 posted 05-16-2011 10:48 AM

You have my prayers to get well soon and be back. Rest a while. Been a while, I wasn’t around in the LJ just because of some priorities. But what surprises me is your situation. I knew how your eagerness to be back at work will bring you back to it but for the meantime take rest… mind will always be stronger than the body so make it balance.

God bless and hope you recover quickly.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 01:10 PM

Consider this a large, remotely applied hug.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 05-27-2011 02:22 PM

I was sent this video by Ron Peters. I thought it was so cute and funny I wanted to share it with you. (Only you have to change the words from On-tar-i-o to Nova Scot-i-a!) Enjoy!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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