My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #342: Slowly Improving

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-17-2011 01:44 PM 3881 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 341: Maybe Tomorrow Part 342 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 343: Getting Back to Normal »

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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 02:32 PM

Few people stop to realize a simple fact. Everything on your body, from your head to your toes, is either directly or indirectly connected to your spine. Therefore, anything can cause problems to your spine in some unusual ways.
I’m glad you aren’t giving up though. That’s another mistake many make when it comes to back pain. They immediately go to bed and try to wait it out. Well, the problem with that is that “waiting out” a back pain will only make you sore. It’s not always possible, but when you can, light activity (with care, of course) will ease back pain more than anything else.
I am glad to hear that you’re pretty sure what the problem is and that it’s something temporary. Long term back problems start to cause all kinds of other problems, like depression. That’s what a lot of people don’t get about me. That, in a nutshell, is why I call my wood work my therapy. Not only does it keep me busy so I can fight off depression, but as you know, scrolling especially doesn’t require constant sitting or standing all the time. I can do it at my own leisure. Some think that with my back pain I can just stay sitting or go stay in bed. As you see, that doesn’t work out too well.
What ever the problem turns out to be. The best advice I know to give you now is to be sure to ease back into things. If you wake up feeling better, tomorrow for example, please don’t jump out of bed and dive head first into your regular routine. Doing so can quite possible make your current back pains multiply.
I went through an experimental treatment a couple of years ago. They injected some stuff (can’t remember the name) between my vertebraes with a long needle. It was explained to me as a painful and dangerous procedure, but that it would provide me with semi-temporary relief. Well, after living in pain so long, I figured anything was worth a shot short of surgery. So I let them do it. I followed their instructions until I left the doctor’s office. I was told to take it easy for a couple of days though. By the time I got home, I was pain free (well, almost. I felt better than I had in years).
I got work done that day. I done things that I hadn’t dreamed of doing in so long. It felt great to not be in terrible pain. I messed up. I felt great right up until bedtime. By the next morning, I was in so much pain that I was regretting even getting those shots. I blamed the shots. After going back to the doctor though, I realized, it was my own fault for not taking it easy and easing back into things. The back doesn’t just bounce back like a rubber band.
Hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care of that back though. Modern medicine is great. I’m here to tell you though, when it comes to the spine, the medical community is still guessing at a lot of it. They don’t have many great cures for it. So you haveto take care of it.


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#2 posted 05-17-2011 03:02 PM

Glad to have you back among the upright!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 03:48 PM

Good to here you’re improving.

Do what you’re comfortable doing safely.

Be Careful!


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

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 03:49 PM

Good to hear the med’s are helping you . just don’t rush into things take care of yourself . Let Keith fix you a good dinner and take care of ya. Hopefully he can cook , LOL

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 04:40 PM

good morning..maybe you can do some naps through out the day and be rested, were all a big family here and want our favorite blog gal to be well and back to her new self…healed of the bug bites and back to work doing what you love…at least you well enough to blog us of your improvement and were glad to hear from you…as you said take it slow and one hour at a time..our thoughts are with you….:))) be well….......

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 08:00 PM

glad to hear you have it better Sheila :-)

take care

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 10:51 PM

Good to hear you are healing… normal to all that it will be slow. I think it is a better time to “look back into your LJ posts” ... 12 days hence and you will be on your anniversary… you are a record breaker having nearly 2000 posts in a year … that is amazing and I wish you for your speedy recovery today and good health for the days to come … that is being proactive on your brighter days to come.
Get well and be rested. Prayers for your healing,

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 01:33 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. I am feeling better and it is like a gift. I can easily understand how one can get depressed when they aren’t able to do what they want to do. It is truly frustrating. I know if I push too hard, it will send me backwards and then I will have to start the healing process all over again. That would be very discouraging. I am very fortunate that this isn’t a chronic condition with me and even though I don’t really know what set me off, hopefully it will be temporary and not be a continual problem. Everyone’s kind words and encouragement really do make a difference. I appreciate you all very much! :)


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

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