Figured I should probably do a catch-up of things here... and I'll make this a bit more freeform than usual!
So, last weekend, we decided to buy a living Christmas tree for our first Christmas in our new house. While the kids napped, Jessi went out and bought a 6 1/2 foot tall tree in a pot, which was delivered free. However, it was not brought into the house! That, I had to do.
I got out my handy-dandy hand truck (bought back in 1987 or so), loaded the tree onto it, and rolled it around the back, through my office, and into the family room. And later that day, I noticed my back was aching pretty badly, to the point where I couldn't even stand up straight!
On Sunday, I called my doctor's office, and got the on-call doctor, who called in a prescription for a muscle relaxant, which helped enough to get me to sleep that night, but on Monday I still called in sick so I could go to my regular doctor to get it checked out.
Turned out he didn't feel my back was damaged to the point where I needed to do more than take it easy for three or four days, but he did give me a prescription for Vicodin for the pain.
On Friday, I went back to work, but even then my back was still bothering me, to the point where today, while we were out and about, I bought a cane to help me get around (and take the pressure off my back when walking and getting up from a sitting position).
Now, to rewind... this past week was the first week that myself and two other designers from the newspaper I work at were going to work at a different location, out of our "sister newspaper" in Tacoma. Since, frankly, I'm the workhorse of the department, my taking four days off work really threw them for a loop, so that by the time I showed up on Friday, I really had to kick some serious butt to get things done on time!
Rewind again... last weekend, snow hit Olympia, and in our area in particular! It got worse as the week progressed, to the point where Jessi's work was closed down for most of last week. There are places in our yard with drifts over a foot deep, and Jessi can't even get her Matrix out of the driveway!
Fortunately, my Aerostar Van has all wheel drive, and I was able to get it out of the driveway and out to the grocery store.
Tonight, there's more snow coming... there could be seven more inches of snow by the end of the day on Sunday!
Some excitement, eh? Hopefully, I'll still be able to get the van out of the driveway and onto the street on Monday morning so I can get to work (after all, with the Christmas holiday coming up, we'll be on early deadlines). I'll probably still end up using the cane for the most part for a few more days, but I'm already noticing a difference in the level of back pain just since I started using it today!