01 December 2008
I couldn't get all the pink out of J's hair, he now looks like a strawberry blonde with extra berry :) I did discover that bending over the tub to wash his hair was the perfect position for my back to lock up. I have scoliosis and bending over is an instant reminder of it.
Oddly, I thought my back pain was caused by the time I helped my ex get the car engine out of the basement. We have no garage here so he stored the engine in the basement. When he decided it was time to move it out I did a little dance of joy and then went to help him get it out. In the process I grabbed the engine and while being bent over, I yanked upwards. I thought I'd injured my sacrum doing that. It was at a family gathering where I was talking about my bad back that my mom said I'd been diagnosed with scoliosis in grade five. It was never treated because it wasn't all that bad. Huh. I sort of knew about that but thought I made it up to be special or something. I don't recall ever discussing it with my doctor, school nurse, or my mom. I may have, I just don't remember.
Anyway, I find it bothers me when I try to sleep too long. Like longer than 8 hours. I thought I just needed a better mattress so S and I bought one last year. It didn't help. Comfy though :) And as much as S likes to just lie in bed and read or rest, I absolutely cannot do that. I must get moving as soon as possible after waking up. And if I sleep more than about 9 hours the pain radiates into my pelvis as well as the sacrum, making it difficult to stand upright.
At work I avoid bending over the Hobart bowls as much as possible because of all this. One of the things I used to do to help out was put the streusel on top of one pie. First I'd have to bend over the Hobart and rub the hot streusel between my hands to get the lumps out. Then I'd have to scoop it out and drop it on the pie. I could do this for less than a minute before I had to grab the edges of the bowl and wait for my sacrum to loosen up enough to straighten up. And I have zero use of my legs while I'm locked up because my legs are controlled by my sacrum. I don't help with that anymore.
I did talk to my doctor about the scoliosis not that long ago. She agreed that it isn't bad enough to have a brace. When I asked what to do to make it better she said to strengthen the muscles. And she said if something hurts then stop doing that. I'm pretty good about not doing things that hurt so I was ahead of her on that one :) I do wonder how it will impact my life later on. I want to live to be 100, but I really want it to be a mobile and active 100.