Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Not moving much

I spent much of the day trying to get in a comfortable position that would alleviate the pain in my lower back.  Quite a few Advil were consumed.  I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll be able to work out and actually walk upright instead of slightly hunched over.  I am reminding myself that participating in ocean sailing for hours on end is tough on the body.

Last night, I went to home group and celebrated the first year anniversary of one of our members.  I hope that he keeps coming back.  I found a great deal of relief in knowing that there are others to talk with and who understand what it's like to live with an alcoholic spouse.  There were no people at my job or among acquaintances that I felt I could confide in.  Talking about your drunk wife is not lunch time seminar small talk.

Tonight, we had fresh vegetables from the garden.  This little cool spell is much appreciated because before long I will be irrigating everything so plants won't wilt in the heat.  To actually sit on the porch in the morning and have a cup of coffee is awesome in early May.  The same North wind that kicked my butt on the ocean is making the daytime temperatures tolerable.

We are going to see the Taj Mahal trio play Thursday at a local music venue.  I was able to get a couple of tickets before the place sold out.  I've seen him play before, and he is awesome. I'm a big blues fan. It's unpretentious music about real life, loss and hard times.  It feeds into something at a primal level.  Here's one that I hope he plays.



I'm going to see if lying flat on my back in bed relieves some tension in my lower back.  Sitting upright to type on the computer is painful.  Time to get horizontal.

“She's no lady. Her songs are all unbelievably unhappy or lewd. It's called Blues. She sings about sore feet, sexual relations, baked goods, killing your lover, being broke, men called Daddy, women who dress like men, working, praying for rain. Jail and trains. Whiskey and morphine. She tells stories between verses and everyone in the place shouts out how true it all is.” ~Ann-Marie MacDonald

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  1. hope the back pain goes away man...and have fun at the show...and thanks for the vid as well...

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  2. I enjoy the blues it just sinks into my soul and then lifts the burden I am carrying...like a meeting really
    Hope your back pain lessens as the day goes on.
    Acupuncture has given me tremendous relief from some pains. I like community acupuncture there might be one in your area?

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  3. Ouch Syd, I hope you feel better soon. That bluesy music is heaven.

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  4. That was a nice bit of blues to wake up to, though I'm not sat on the porch with my coffee . . . It's still raining here.
    Hope your back is better, at least by Thursday for the Taj Mahal.

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  5. Taj Mahal is great, I would love to hear himm live!

    And since I can't help giving advice, try a pillow under your knees when you lay down.

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  6. Syd...so you have the blues in your low back? Is it just above your tail bone in the L4-L5 lumbar region?

    If so lay on a HARD surface like the floor and pull your heels up towards your butt. This position while you won't hold it long (maybe ten minutes) relieves the strain on the muscles and the vertebrae. Once your no longer gobbling Advil you will have to work on some low back conditioning exercise to tone those muscles.

    Gaahhhhhhhhh! I have learned more about the spine than I ever wanted to know.

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  7. Syd, I love the blues as well. Would you recommend any particular album of Taj Mahal? Love your blog, thanks for writing!

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  8. My favorite is still his first one--Taj Mahal. It is awesome. I have several of his CD's.

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  9. I love the blues. You know that. Now- maybe get a massage or go see a chiropractor?

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  10. Love Blues. Love, love LOVE the blues. Upgrading to a Bose system in my massage room where I can play Pandora internet radio from my iPhone was the best thing I ever did professionally. Now I can stream blues all day long :-)

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  11. The way you challenged those negative thoughts and went on to have a good night...that is inspirational. Nicely done, Syd.

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  12. (Just realizing I may have posted a comment in the wrong place, but you're smart enough to figure out what I meant.)

    I like that last quote from MacDonald. Is it from a song itself, or is she just talking about an artist? I'm going to try to figure that out now...

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  13. Feel better soon. I hate back pain. It's the worst. Keep being positive. It the best attitude to have. :)

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  14. Do you have a foam roller for your back? If you have more than occasional backache, it might be worth getting one. They really help. (running stores carry a full line of them!)

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  15. Oh I so love the blues too. It does indeed feed! :)

    Have fun Syd

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  16. Sober not SomberMay 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Put pillows under your knees when lying down. It takes the pressure off your lower back so the strain can heal.

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  17. Thanks for sharing Taj Mahal music, I enjoy blues and jazz...

    Hope you feel better soon.

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  18. I love this, Syd! thank you. /G

    “She's no lady. Her songs are all unbelievably unhappy or lewd. It's called Blues. She sings about sore feet, sexual relations, baked goods, killing your lover, being broke, men called Daddy, women who dress like men, working, praying for rain. Jail and trains. Whiskey and morphine. She tells stories between verses and everyone in the place shouts out how true it all is.” ~Ann-Marie MacDonald

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