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Well. I had a bit of a horrible day. C got up early and headed out to what I really hope is the last week of weekly sailing. I got up not long after, got ready, sorted out the puppy and headed out the door. I got to the bus stop and remembered I’d forgotten my phone so headed back and got that and then realised I’d forgotten my lunch just as the bus pulled up. All good. Got to the train station, hopped on a train. All good. I caught up on the twitter and the emails and then put away my phone and looked out the window. I started feel very sleepy and did that thing where you just close your eyes for a bit.

And then as we were pulling in to Murdoch station, I began to feel very unwell. That sudden sweatiness and needing to lie down feeling. I thought I’d get off at that station and see what happened but as I stood up I had that claminess and started to see stars and realised I was going to pass out. Thank goodness I was able to get off the train and sit down. I put my head between my legs and just stayed like that for about 6 minutes. I really really wanted to lie down on the station platform but even in such a state, the phobia says no (ew germs!) By the time the train heading in the opposite direction arrived, the feeling of fainting had passed and I got on and headed home, texting my boss that I didn’t think I would be in and explained why.

I think this happened cause I was in terrible pain – as a result of having to take the anti inflammatories for my back (two weeks ago) my Crohn’s Disease has had a flareup triggered. Up until now, it’s been just indigestion and nausea which I’ve dealt with by pulling back on the spicy food. Yesterday though, I had crippling stomach cramps. I spent much of the day in bed and really struggled to move around and stand and whatnot. Today was the same and I’d thought I could just push through, take painkillers at work, but I didn’t get there in time. The worst of it is that the painkillers tend to exacerbate some of these symptoms so it’s all really annoying.

And the moral of the story? The back issue – which got so bad that two Mondays ago I hobbled into work barely able to walk and got sent home and meant that I finally needed to take meds that I know trigger Crohns to deal with the inflammation – is something that cannot be ignored. The injury came about from sitting. Yup that’s right, it’s a pathetic injury from not doing enough exercise. I inflamed a joint in back from bloody sitting! And what’s annoying is that I’d had a conversation with writers who know that sitting is a serious work place hazard for this kind of work and I kinda brushed it off. After all … I’m not writing so RSI or sitting issues doesn’t affect me. Honestly, I even irritate myself with the way I think sometimes.

My day job is mostly a desk job. My last two jobs before this one both had some field work in it. It didn’t really seem like all that much field work but it’s possible even that was enough to just mix up my routine. Now I basically have a desk job for 7.5 hours a day and, to speed things up cause I’m always looking to find time in my day, I tend to work through lunch a lot. So I sit all day. I sit on the train to and from work. And then I come home and work at my latop for maybe 5 hours a night. And for WFC I sat for 40 hours on plane trips recently.

So yeah. I hurt my back. The moral of the story is … be kind to yourself and look after your workspace habits. As a result, I requested a standing desk at work. I didn’t get one but I’ve been given a temporary solution and I’ve been making sure I stand for an hour and then sit for an hour alternately all day. And guess what? Back issue fixed within days. I also schedule in 15 minute walks twice a day to break up the hours of possible inactivity. And when I say “schedule” they are in my phone calendar to remind me.

The other moral of the story is … my back issue was the worst on the Sunday before last and then this Sunday I had this other issue. Both leading to having to call in sick on a Monday. It has not escaped me that Sunday is the only day lately I have a proper day off. And I’m assuming this is my body telling me to Slow The Hell Down. It’s not really going to happen in the near future – we have our wedding in 20 days (!!) and much to do before that and I’ve just discovered that I have to apply for a job next week, which I’m still debating whether I have the mental energy to even do. So … My eye is on the honeymoon ball. And all the Not Working that I will be doing over that. I’m supposed to have closed down Twelfth Planet Press 3 days ago with my personal promise to take off Dec and Jan but .. well, yeah. I’m still mopping up and sorting a few things but that will slowly grind to a halt, I’m hoping by the 14th.

Today’s Tea: Madagascan vanilla, drunk black, one sugar, Stars 4 out of 5

Today’s Craft Project: Ravi Cardigan in Aubergenius by Blue Moon Fibre Arts

Mirrored from Champagne and Socks.



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Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
I do hope you can get some real rest and recovery happening.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
I feel like - 20 days to go and I will! And we've had a countdown!

But I'm taking leave from day job from the 14th so hopefully it will be less stressful and time to relax before the big day.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
Back pain sucks badly. I put up with it for about 20 years, then an ex got me to see a physio, who prescribed exercises which essentially fixed it. (I still need to do occasional exercises to keep up the muscle strength.) It sounds like you have a similar kind of problem (ie. facet joint syndrome). I can heartily recommend Declan Coburn at rivervalephysiotherapy.com. He's a trained GP as well as a physio, so can explain the anatomy as well as how his treatments work (it's all about building on regained core muscle stability). I'm a bit of a physio-evangelist, given I'd expected this issue to last a lifetime.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ah - sorry to hear you know exactly what this feels like. Luckily for me I'd been seeing a physio since I started this job in May and started getting neck pain so she's got me onto the strengthening exercises too.

The funny thing though was when I went to OH&S to get help with getting a standing desk and that person was completely anti physios and basically belittled all the treatment I'd been getting - as in, if it's not fixed yet, it's clearly not working and I should try something else. Actually, I think their desk set up at work - standard cubicle for everyone - has done some kind of number on my back and neck. But I too figure this is a lifelong thing so will try and be diligent about the exercises.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'd been seeing a physio since I started this job in May

Oh, right, yes. I do remember you posting before about physio.

OH&S [...] person was completely anti physios and basically belittled all the treatment I'd been getting

I've heard lots of negative stories about people's experiences with physios. There are certainly good ones and not-so-good ones. It might be that this person's views were based on unfortunate anecdotal evidence. Still, as a professional in OH&S, that's a very poor attitude. It's not like we're talking iridology.

I've been using a standing desk for about seven years now, and would never go back. But then, I work from home. It amazes me that, with all the recent press about how bad long-term sitting is for our backs, that they're not mandatory for all office jobs if only to keep insurance premiums down.</cynicism>

I hope your diligence pays off soon!
Dec. 5th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
i agree. And frankly, sure they would save more on days not taken off for sick leave for bad backs compared to how much the new desks would cost?
Dec. 3rd, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry you went through this. It does sound like your body telling you to rest!
Dec. 4th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, I do feel that's the message. Am a bit worried that by the time we get to our honeymoon, I'll collapse and want to sleep and won't enjoy the travelling.
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