I have a trick back. Only, the tricks aren't funny and amusing as the word would suggest.
Thursday morning I mounted my bike and rode the five miles to work, no problem. But when I dismounted at the racks, I felt the twinge in my lower back. I continued my routine: 30 minutes of lifting weights, shower, sit at desk all day getting up every hour or so to walk around, and go home. All the day, though, feeling the twinge make itself more known.
This morning it was an effort to move from the horizontal to the vertical posture required to get out of bed. I knew it wasn't going to be a bike day. Instead, I rode the bus in. I halfway considered calling in sick and spending the day sitting and laying on a hot pad, but after getting up and walking around a little, the pain has eased a little, and I'm glad I came to work.
It's funny how living the Shift has shifted my thought processes. I could have driven in, but chose the bus because I have become accustomed to not driving into downtown and dealing with the traffic and parking issues. The bus was my first thought. As a side note, I did drive my truck yesterday afternoon for my daughter's weekly drama lesson and noticed that I still have a quarter of a tank of gas left over from my last fill-up in November. Take that, oil companies.
Here's a list of other unforgettable back episodes:
- Fell flat on back during my first snow shoveling experience after arriving in Omaha (from Alabama) about 15 years ago
- Fell flat on my back from a height of about four of five feet while goofing around on a jungle gym with my kids about 10 years ago
- Lifted a clothes dryer a few years ago (stupid, stupid)
- Moving from a bent over position filling a cup at a water cooler to a standing position. PING! Back hurts. That's the weirdest one.
So, until Monday, "Ow, Me Back" and then "I'll Be Back."