Well, this is not how I hoped the last day of this time tracking challenge would go….I’d mentioned my hip pain dissipating yesterday afternoon, making my trip downtown and around the auto show possible.
After I hit post (around 6 p.m.) and started dinner, the pain came roaring back, much worse than before. I made it through dinner and through giving the little boys a bath around 8 p.m. but after I got up for about the 20th time to wipe water out of their eyes, everything just kind of gave in. Lower back through to upper right leg…I made it over to my bed and, with the exception of putting H to bed (he insisted…) I have been there ever since, battling various degrees of at times quite excruciating pain.
Overnight and morning were the worst. I slept a bit (I think like 11-3:30) but I just could not get comfortable in any position. In the morning I Face Timed with my sister-in-law (physical medicine) and we think it’s likely a pinched nerve radiating down. I have an appointment with a specialist Wednesday morning. Until then, it’s a lot of OTC painkillers (the local urgent care said they would not really be able to do better than that so I decided it wasn’t worth trying to move myself). The good news is that by about 1 p.m. today I’d moved from sharp pain even while lying down — to say nothing of getting up to go to the bathroom — to more of a dull ache while lying in bed. Getting up is a different story, so I’m just trying not to.
In other words…kind of a long day. Pain makes you very aware of time (something I know from some dental distress in the past and, of course, the fun and joy of natural childbirth). Once I wasn’t in such bad shape I was able to read a little because my husband took the two little boys out skiing, so they were out of the house. The upside of having our newly licensed driver (good timing) is that he was able to drive himself and his sister to church this morning, and then he could drive her to a friend’s house in the neighborhood for a playdate.
Anyway, I’m hoping things continue to improve. My almost-9-year-old’s birthday party is tomorrow and while I know my husband and nanny (and the venue staff) can run it I want to be there. Fingers crossed.
I hope Day 7 of your time tracking week was much better than mine!