Tuesday, April 12, 2011

They Haven't Killed Me . . . Yet

I was bending over to buckle a twin into her carseat when BRRRPPPT, an electrical shock ran through my lower back, as it does every six months or so. That's it. That's all she wrote. Can't move. Lumbar muscles have gone into a rock-hard spasm that pitches my entire torso over to the side. This episode has been particularly debilitating; in fact, I would rate this as the second-worst back pain I've ever felt.

The gold medal was awarded to the time when I worked at an office early in the morning by myself—as I crossed the room with ONE FILE in my hand, not even a heavy stack of books, my back inexplicably seized up on me. I literally fell to the floor in agony and COULDN'T GET UP. I wriggled across the floor like an eel? worm? cockroach? and was able to brace myself against the wall into a sitting position. About an hour later, a co-worker arrived and helped me stand. I eventually drove myself home and shuffled to my bed, where I lay on my side for 3 days, crying and moaning in pain. I couldn't take any medication due to my pregnancy with twins at the time. Let me tell you, the actual delivery—ripping babies from my womb—was a piece of cake after that experience with back pain.

This very morning I read in the paper about a woman who was left on the floor for 3 days by her twin sons, until she died. How much do you want to bet her back went out and she dropped to the ground in pain, but the twins were too occupied eating goldfish crackers and watching Clifford the Big Red Dog on TV to notice?



Dinner last night: sour cream enchiladas, refried beans

Exactly one year ago:






12 comments:

myevil3yearold said...

I hope you feel better soon! Yikes, my back is hurting just reading this.

Katherine said...

That is the freakiest news story I have ever heard. Hopefully your back starts feeling better, but maybe you should consider buying one of those Life Alert buttons - just in case.

Jamie said...

I hope youre better quick. My worst pan ever was the time I put out my back. I turned around to hand my baby a cracker and that was that. Terrible.

Kimberly said...

I am hoping you are feeling better soon!!!

Michele said...

Wow. That happens to my husband occasionally (not chopping down trees or anything, more likely bending over to put on pants). There's nothing else like it.

I hope your return to blogging means that you have recovered!

Jayme said...

When I clicked the link, I assumed it would be about twins that were little- like infant/toddler age. Definitely not adults. ACK!!

Kathy G said...

Poor you! Hope things are back to normal soon.

Making It Work Mom said...

I also feel so bad for you people who have those bad backs. It always seems so random.

umm the twins - I see a lot of therapy in their future.

Traci said...

OMG that's kind of scary, all of it. I hope you are starting to feel better. Gosh do moms of young kids need that "I've fallen and I can't get up" service or what? Do you remember that commercial?

AlaskaMom said...

Hmmmm, I'm confident you are in trouble. ;)

Karen Peterson said...

I was 26 the first (and, so far, only) time my back has gone out. It wasn't fun. I can't imagine how you survived it pregnant! With twins!

The Shultzs said...

Awwww Kim, sorry to hear about your back. Saying prayers for you!