Weekly Update: Pain edition

Tomorrow I’ll be cleaning up in preparation for a visit from the in-laws, so I thought I’d throw something up now.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have either a herniated or bulging disc in my neck, which is creating pain in my shoulder and down my arm.  I had a very nice visit at the orthopedic’s yesterday and they’ve sent me off for physical therapy.  I start on Friday.  It hurts to sit at the computer and type for very long.  I can do it in 20-30 minute stretches.

Apparently, I no longer do pain very well, or at least pain that prevents me from doing things that I want and need to do.  On Monday, I was very upset about my pain and when Mr. Geeky asked me if I was okay, I burst into tears and said, “No.”  I used to be a trooper about pain.  I barely flinched when I slammed my finger in a car door once.  Labor, no big deal.  Uncomfortable maybe, but really not too bad as far as I was concerned.  Now I’m a big baby about it.  I’ve been given permission to eat Advil like candy, which definitely helps.  I’m taking warm baths and icing and heating.  I feel confident I’ll be okay.  Unlike some people, I do tend to follow doctor’s orders.  Mr. Geeky also insisted that we get a mattress topper and new pillows, which we did last night.  We got memory foam and after one night, we like it.

On the very positive side, I was accepted to this workshop at MIT.  The acceptance rate was 18%.  I’m quite excited.  I have lots of ideas for what I want to do with my teaching, but I can always use more.

In addition, I’ve jumped on the FlyLady bandwagon, and so far so good.  I’m on day 7.  My main goal is to do only the baby steps for the day and ignore most everything else.  Some days, I’ll do the daily mission.  Today’s mission, for example, is cleaning out the fridge, something I need to do anyway, so I’m planning to tackle that after this post.  I also just left post-it’s for the kids to do some things when they get home.  My goal is to have this place running like a well-oiled machine by fall.  The best part about the whole thing is the idea of getting dressed first thing.  I had relished hanging out in my pj’s, but getting dressed–showered, hair done, shoes on and all–is pretty awesome.  I’m often done with any chores before 7:30, leaving me plenty of time to drink my coffee, catch up on news, and help Geeky Girl get ready.  I’ve always had a work first, play after attitude, but this takes it to a whole new level.  I also scheduled a pick up for all the clothes we’ve cleaned out in the last few weeks, so clearing out slowly but surely, on my way to that well-oiled machine.

Parties for this kids birthdays also take place this weekend.  Everything is arranged.  I don’t have to do anything except show up.  Next week is the last full week of school.  We’re all ready for a break and hopefully a restful summer.

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5 Replies to “Weekly Update: Pain edition”

  1. I think chronic pain is very different than short-term pain. I generally have a high tolerance for short-term pain, where I know it will end soon, but when I have back pain that lasts days/weeks/months — I’m very emotionally fragile. I hope you get some relief soon.

  2. Ouch, so sorry to hear about the pain. Some of the difference may be that there are things we expect to hurt — labor, slamming one’s finger — and things we don’t expect to hurt — sitting! moving one’s arm! — and it seems to me much harder to deal with the latter kind of pain because it’s not “normal” and therefore kind of frightening. Anyway, I hope the physical therapy and the Advil and all the rest of it work and that you’re feeling good again quickly.

  3. Yikes, Laura, I didn’t know about your neck–how awful! I hope you sort it out soon and the pain subsides.

    Congrats on the MIT workshop front–that sounds incredibly exciting. Just look at you–where you’ve come since you left higher ed. You’re an inspiration!

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