Hello all, I'm Shan.
I posted a lengthy diatribe in the Surgery area about my back problems, which I won't repeat here, other than to say, I had a laminectomy/discectomy Sept. 3, and am still in a great deal of pain.
I'm a 1/2 time Librarian, a full-time grad student and was planning to enter a doctoral program next fall (delayed due to back issues), and I homeschool with my kids. I always jokingly say "and sometimes I sleep" when I give that spiel.
I was fairly fit when I injured my back last April, and actually hurt it in a fall while stupidly jogging at night. So it's been a challenging change in lifestyle to constantly have to lie down (sitting & standing hurt) and not work much.
Thankfully I have a fantastic family--husband & 3 kids--who are helpful and empathetic. From reading these boards I can see I am by no means suffering the full range of back issues (lol) though in dark days it seems like it couldn't possibly get any worse! So glad to have found this site, though. And I look forward to meeting you all (or some anyway).