Saturday morning started out much like many others. I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I was moving slowly. I went over the 50 pound bag of chicken feed that sits in the corner of our pool room. I bent down to fill up a bowl for the chickens, like I do every morning… and that’s when it happened. I felt a “catch” in my back, in other words, a sharp pain, and I could hardly straighten back up. I don’t know exactly what happened, but it sure was painful!
I don’t like to give up easily, so I went ahead with my chicken chores. I fed the chickens and cleaned their coops. Once more, I felt that sharp stabbing pain in my back when I tried to bend over. I avoided all bending, after that!
Call me crazy, but, a few minutes later, I still decided to change out the towels that are protecting the swing [from cats] on the front porch. It was at that particular moment I also got stung by a wasp! How was I to know a huge wasp nest was located on the back of the swing? Wow, two painful episodes within an hour. I couldn’t decide which felt worse, my back or my ring finger. It quickly became obvious that Saturday, the 13th wasn’t going to be my day!
Our daughter-in-law had a cookout planned for Saturday evening, so I willed myself into the kitchen to make some rice krispie treats. I didn’t want to let my aches and pains get the best of me. By lunchtime, my back was good and sore, and I moved slowly and painfully the rest of the day. I took pain medication twice that day, so I was able to make it to the cookout.
The Saturday afternoon cookout was to honor our oldest son, who finally finished up his degree. He graduated from high school in 2000, and has been s-l-o-w-l-y working toward his college degree for many years. Nobody could convince him to take more than one class per semester, but just like the tortoise, he very slowly and very steadily completed his task. We couldn’t be prouder! He graduated with honors, but the very best part is he graduated with no student debt, too. There aren’t many who can say that, these days!
The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful. I spent the majority of it alternating between laying down and sitting because of my sore back. I tried to do a little grocery shopping, on Sunday afternoon, but started having back spasms, and had to let Ed finish the job. I’m blessed that he can take over my duties when I’m not able to do them.
Speaking of Ed, he had a checkup with his cardiologist, on Friday, and got a very good report. His doctor told him if all of his patients got along as well as Ed has, it would make his job a lot easier. Praise the Lord for Ed’s smooth recovery! He’s approaching the 10 month anniversary of his heart attack.
It has started raining, as I’m writing this post, and I’m glad! Our grass has turned brown due to extreme temperatures and lack of rain. Perhaps a good shower will help to bring it back to life. It would also be nice not to have to water my plants for a day or so. Speaking of watering plants, there’s nothing like being “down in the back” to show a person they have too many things to take care of! And speaking of being “down in the back”, I think I’ll go and rest mine for a while. I hope it helps!
Have a great Monday!