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Bad day

newhouse17nnewhouse17 Posts: 133
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone,

We had my sons 16th birthday party on Saturday so you know that I over did it. I spent all Sunday and part of Monday in bed.On top of that it started to rain around 6:00pm and didnt stop until 4:00am this morning.I spent most of the night sitting on the side of the bed rocking back and forth attached to my tens unit. I prayed,walked around, took a hot shower and used the heating pad. I finally fell asleep around 4:30 am.Last night was the first night that I wanted to take more pain meds then prescribed(I didn't).I am better today but having difficulty getting around, very stiff.

My body just cant do these things anymore but I just get so tired of sitting and laying down. I feel so guilty because all I want to do is lay down in my bed. Its the only place that I am remotely comfortable, but its hard when you have 5 kids who dont fully understand your pain.While I was walking around the house I looked at the whiteboard calendar on the kitchen wall thats filled with upcoming events and I just started crying!!!! These are things you just cant miss so August is going to be a bad month for me.

Do we sit on the sidelines and watch or do we participate and deal with the consiquences later?I like to know how others deal with this issue.Thanks for letting me vent.


  • Hi Newhouse,

    Sorry you had a rough few days. I think we've all done it many times. Its a really hard balancing act to not overdo, but also partake in life.

    Sometimes I overdo, then pay for it later. Especially when it involves something for the kids.

    Other times I bow out of something and feel guilty. I'm starting to get better (so I hope!) at balancing and finding some middle ground. My kids love miniature golf, but I can't play, so I watch instead and that makes them happy. Riding a bike was too uncomfortable, so I bought a non-stationary recumbent bike and now I can ride with them (it even has cool flames! lol).

    I know what you mean about looking at the calendar and crying, but we spineys need to take one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time if its a bad day.

    Come here to vent anytime, thats what we are here for. It can be so helpful to just know you are not alone. I hope you are feeling better and wish you well on the balancing act that we need to do.

  • To decide on what activities you can and can't do.

    If you're like many of us you will get tired of not doing things and overdo. Then you just have to pay the bill. No escaping it.

    With 5 kids, depending on their ages you are going to have to work out what you can and can't do. I missed more than one event during the 3 years between the accident and healing from the SCS. I actually missed many events.

    Remember you can't be available to do most anything if you hurt so bad you can't get out of bed. Like it or not, to be available for some things you may need to miss others. I hope your kids are old enough you can get them to understand this.
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