[Note: This post is a continuation of my previous post "My own dog is barking at me" and is my attempt at lightheartedness and humour, and not a ploy to get sympathy. Feel free to laugh at my antics!]
“Get up like those pregnant ladies do . . .” (i.e. use my arms to heave myself up off a chair or the bed) is the advice I get from a friend, when I complain to her that I struggle to get up once I’m sitting or lying down. This comes from somebody who has never been pregnant, nor as far as I can gather has ever had any significant back problems. Her wisdom is no doubt mostly based on what she’s witnessed on television!
The problem with her advice is that doing so inevitably would result in me arching my back, which would cause waves of pain to move up my spine. So I’m not even going to try it. My current method of dropping my head and chest down toward the table/desk, putting my hands to either side and essentially doing a push up while at the same time straightening my legs, at least doesn’t cause my back to spasm. The same method is used when I get off the bed, although slightly modified. I have to roll onto my stomach, use my feet to pull myself to the edge of the bed, and drop my legs over the side into a kneeling position. After this the push up thing gets me high enough to grab the headboard to steady myself, and do the final “walk up” into a standing position. Although this method ensures I don’t have to endure excruciating pain, it must look extremely funny to anybody watching. Willie hasn’t laughed at me – at least not out loud. Rosie and Lucy (the dog and cat) however, watch me with very clear bemusement. In Lucy’s case, it’s probably closer to disdain.
One thing is for sure. After this episode my weakly developed arm muscles are going to be far more toned, and hopefully I’ll have better upper body strength. Oh, and according to the articles I’ve read about my kind of back injury, if I had had toned abdominal muscles, my back may not have got injured in the first place. Another thing I’ll need to work on . . .
Remember: Lift with your muscles, not with your back!
[This post was written while I lay comfortably in bed i.e. I didn't have to suffer any pain for my "art"]