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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Yesterday, we had one of those, or what I would call, a perfect summer day.  Temperatures in the high 50's when I woke up.  The window open in the bedroom, made it feel almost chilly as I got out of bed.  There was a lovely breeze and lots of sun.  Of course the temps went up during the day, but I never had to close up and turn on the A/C---which I had done most of the weekend and Monday.

At our Old School Gals Lunch last Thursday, two of the Gals were talking about cleaning under their beds and how difficult it is now that we can't get down on the floor.  I felt a bit guilty as I haven't vacuumed under my bed since I painted the bedroom way back in twenty-aught nine.

Friday I decided that I would vacuum under there. I laid flat on the floor and looked under the bed.  I couldn't see any dust.  In fact the carpeting looked brand new.  I turned on the vacuum and used the long hose with the duster/fabric thingie attachment to go back and forth, back and forth--all the way down the length and breadth.

I didn't see any dust or debris under that bed!  Apparently the bed itself and the dust ruffle had kept anything from settling under the bed!

Done!  Then the problem arose.  How was I going to get up?  

I rolled over on my back and sat up.  Great, but still no way to hoist myself up into a standing position.  So I got on my arthritic old knees and crawled over to the edge of the bed.  Now all I had to do was hang on to the bed and stand up.  For some reason, my knees didn't want to push my body up.

I thought of crawling into the bathroom and using the toilet to pull myself up, but the thought of using my knees to crawl across six feet of tile, didn't sound very comfortable.

So I put my hands up on the mattress--a very high 22" mattress and pushed with my knees and hands to get up right--then I collapsed face down on the bed.  Rested a bit, turned over and swung my legs around so I could stand.

Then I felt it!  Awful, terrific pain all across my lower back.  I couldn't stand upright.  Bent over at my waist, I hobbled into the living room and my recliner.    After about a half hour, I got back up, still bent at the waist and got my "supplies".

I took 2 pills, rubbed the horse liniment over my back and a half hour later, heated up my rice sock in the microwave and put that on my back, Kicked the recliner back and tried to rest.

By the time I went to bed on Saturday night, I was still in a lot of pain and still couldn't stand straight.
I would have given anything for half a Percocet.  Even though my doctor knows, I had a prescription for 30 of them, that lasted almost two years, because I only take half a one at night, when the back pain is so bad, he won't write me another prescription.  With all the drug crazed people in the world now, the government is watching doctor's to see how many prescriptions they write for opiates.

I Woke up Sunday,  still bent over, but the pain had receded a bit and now my bad shoulder was hurting like crazy.  More Tylenol, more liniment.

Around 3:00 in the afternoon, I remembered my TENS unit. 
I got it and pasted those pads over the two bad areas, cranked that thing up to 30 and let the electrical stimulation pulsate for 20 minutes.  Then turned it off.  I kept doing that, at 20 minute intervals the rest of the day.

I woke up Monday morning with just residual pain in my back and shoulder.

What a horrendous weekend I spent, and for what?  

Imaginary dust bunnies that didn't exist.



  1. I go to a balance class here and part of it is getting up off the floor. It’s not easy! Hope you feel better!


  2. Yes, I also hope you're feeling better today! I have trouble getting up off the floor too, so deep cleaning seems to be a thing of the past for me. We have laminate flooring so a dust mop works best for me. One of my daughters has offered to clean for me but I guess pride stands in the way of that; I'd be embarrassed to let someone else see my dirt. :) Thank you so much for your comment on my blog; comments come in slow and few.

  3. Sorry about your back! If you ever get an opportunity to take a balance class that teaches you how to get off the floor it's worth going. We have them here, too.

    I can smell dust when it gets neglected too long in the bedroom. And I have a dust ruffle, too.

  4. Judy, I cannot email using aol.
    Forgot to share
    Hemp Oil, helping pain, no arthritis medication this morning and half
    yesterday. Who knows, maybe I can stop taking it..

    1. thanks for letting me know that it does help.
      I shall look it up.

  5. Horrors, what a fix to be in but I can fully imagine that happening to me. You seem to have better luck climbing around on window sills.

  6. Golly! I hope you don't have any recurring pain. I don't think you should worry about cleaning under your bed again.

  7. You just have to be more careful. You're not getting any younger you know. Xoxo

  8. I think I'll order some hemp oil if it's not too expensive---like Ernestine has. The government always goes crazy about pain pills. I hope cancer patients are still allowed them!
    I haven't been able to get up from the floor without pulling up on something since I fell and broke my tailbone over two years ago! It is scary --- it was so easy when we were younger, huh!

  9. awwww judy, i'm so sorry this happened to you. your eyes see and your body thinks it can do it. like sally said, you have to me more careful!!

  10. Not being able to get up from the floor sneaks up on a person. I think that is because we have few reasons to get down on the floor in the first place. It was a surprise to me when it started to become difficult for me. I can still get up from the floor if I'm able to help myself by leaning on a chair, or the bed, or something solid. But I'm thinking that a day will come when those things won't help, even though I practice getting up. Muscle strength isn't what it used to be. I'm sorry you had so much pain from your "down" time. Nancy

  11. Oh this is terrible. I'm so sorry. I have to be very careful too with getting down on the floor. I check to make sure I have something to push back up on, because I cannot get up without support. But you really did a number on your back. I hope it's feeling much better now. Be careful! xoxo