Sunday, February 28, 2010


So, there I was, trying to get one more load of laundry in the washer before we left for mass this morning. As I bent down to pick up more clothes, it happened! I felt the absolute worst pain I've ever felt in my life! I'm not kidding! I screamed! Dan came running! I tried to walk out of the laundry room, but I couldn't put any weight on my left leg nor could I move my hips. It was a strange predicament for sure. I was lodged between the washer and dryer with a clothes basket between my legs. Something had happened in my lower back. Something bad.

Dan helped me get to a dining room chair. I couldn't do much I cried. I told Dan to go ahead and take the kids to mass. Reluctantly, he did but made sure I had a phone right next to me. I sat there, in that dining room chair, for an hour and a half. On the way home, he stopped to buy a heating pad. It didn't help. Walking was (is) an effort at this point. I've decided that I've seriously pulled a muscle in my back. I'm not sure how this happened, I mean, I've been doing laundry now for about 30 years.

Dan's sister and her husband have a hot tub. I drove myself over there this afternoon to soak for awhile. I guess I was in there for about an hour. It definitely loosened things up. I can walk now! I can put weight on my left leg. However, I can't for the life of me, stand up straight.
I'm hoping that some stretching and resting will help because it really hurts a lot! I'm taking 800mg of Motrin every 6 hours and Dan is keeping me lubed up in Bengay.

The laundry didn't get finished. I didn't get to mass. We had take out Chinese for dinner.
It was suggested to me to "offer it up". I will. This is the season of Lent, after all.


Therese said...

Nancy-please take care of yourself!

scmom (Barbara) said...

I did the same thing last February. I was not able to walk without pain for several weeks. My doctor said I twisted something deep in my hips. I can't remember what it was called. She tried to adjust it (she's a DO) but it didn't help. Muscle relaxers didn't help. Nothing helped but time, and pain pills until time healed. I used a cane to walk -- it was really bad. I will put you on a rosary bead -- try to be patient (you don't have much of a choice ;-)).

Nancy said...

Barbara....several weeks??? Oh my!
I don't have time for this!
Thank you for your prayers.

Julie Cragon said...

You know it's that darn laundry. I'm thinking if there were disposable, biodegradable, of course, clothes, we wouldn't get in these predicaments. Take care of yourself! God Bless the healing.

Anonymous said...

Having dealt with severe back pain off and on for years, I am sympathizing with you, Nancy. It's very painful. I hope you don't have to offer it up for too long.

Tracy said...

Nancy, take care of yourself, know your in my prayers!!