I'm a newbie here and I'm in the middle of a flare of sciatica, for about 2 weeks now. My pain at the moment is not too bad, about a 4. When I walk a few steps it increases anywhere from a 6 to a 9. I took 800mg of ibuprofen about an hour ago, so I guess that's helping. But, I'm noticing new numbness in my leg and foot.
My problem is this: I've been babysitting my 2 grandchildren ages 3 (a boy) and 4 (a girl) 3 days a week since March. My daughter is going to school to get a cosmetology degree and I'm the only one who can babysit because I'm not working. I couldn't babysit last week because of the pain. I normally go to her apartment which is a half hour away, but yesterday I had her bring the kids to me. The drive would be difficult, plus she lives on the second floor and I don't know if I can climb that many stairs.
When the grandkids were here it was really hard. They fight alot and get demanding. They're young and used to me doing for them and playing with them and being a cheerful "nana". I really had a hard time getting them to listen to me and lost my temper a few times. It's so hard to be patient when you're having chronic pain.
But, if I don't babysit the kids my daughter will have to drop out or postpone her schooling. She's getting financial aid and I don't know what will happen with that. I really don't know what to do! I want to help my daughter and I'm proud of her, she's young and it's been hard with 2 little ones, but she's trying to improve her life for her and her family. But, am I jeopardizing my health with this? Also, I hate acting cranky around the grandkids, they are used to a cheerful and fun grandmother, and I don't know how it's affecting them.
Anyone out there have a similar problem? I would appreciate any advice you can give.