I want to start out by thanking everyone again for the nice thoughts. I haven’t really replied to each person individually and I trust you understand. I began feeling better yesterday and it was a great relief. I was able to actually do some drawing during the day and accomplish something. I promise I am not pushing anything, but it is quite difficult to sit and do nothing all day. When I do feel up to it, I will have a lot of cutting in front of me. That is good, as I love to play with the saw.
I truly don’t like feeling this way. This problem with my back has only happened one time before, when I was about 30 years old. Dani, my youngest was just a baby then and my doctor said that I had mono. He said that normally 30 years old is too old for mono because usually by then we are exposed to it and either we get it or develop immunities to it. Apparently I had done neither up to that point. He also said that it sometimes triggered a weakness in your body, my case being my back. I found this surprising, as I have never (or haven’t since) had any back problems. It is as if the muscles just seize up, and it is very painful no matter which position I am in.
In reading and doing research, I wanted to see if the bug bites were related to the back problems. It just seems too much of a coincidence. From what I read, when you have a sensitivity to certain bug bites, your body produces histamines to fight the poison in your system. Thus the swollen lymph node. This in turn can trigger sudden acute back pain.
It makes sense to me because I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to ‘throw out my back’. If I were betting, I would say that the severe reaction to the bites were the cause of all of this.
The good news is that I am taking the antibiotics to fight the infection from the bites. The lumps on my head from them are almost down completely and my neck is also better, although not completely. I think that getting these under control will be the key to my back healing too. Fortunately there have been no adverse effects from the drugs. I did have a rough night again though and couldn’t get comfortable. So the answer is going to be just taking it slow.
When I feel up to it, I will am able to draw. It is good to get everything mapped out and start seeing things down on paper. I am very used to doing things all day and I think besides the pain the biggest problem is the monotony of not being able to do anything.
So the plan is to take it hour by hour and see what happens. Hopefully once the antibiotic really takes care of the infection, the rest of me will heal too. I feel a bit better this morning, but I know I have to go very slow. Otherwise I will be going backwards.
Thanks for all the nice comments and private messages. It makes me feel good to know there are so many nice people here. I hope you all have a good day today.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"