|My uniform for the past two days.|
I think I may have gotten a small comeuppance for complaining about my staycation last week. Yesterday morning, during spin class, I tweaked my back out something bad, and spent the rest of the day limping between the couch and the bathroom. I've only done this once before, in October 2009, and this time it isn't quite as bad as it was then. I also don't have to go to work this week like I did then, so I'm counting myself lucky, although it's pointless to use sick days instead of vacation days this week as Roger suggested, because all my time turns over on March 31, and I know I won't have a chance to take off more days after this week anyway.
There aren't many upsides to feeling this crappy, particularly during a week when I was going to be up-and-at-'em, but it has forced me to take things a bit slower, which isn't a bad thing, I suppose. I'm just hoping to be in better shape soon, since I'm teaching and in class tomorrow and Wednesday, and I have a four hour bus ride on Thursday. At this point, sitting really isn't an option (standing, walking, and laying down feel best), so I'm really hoping to be better by then, otherwise I may not go to Boston.
It's also gotten me more in touch with my body, which is something I remember very well from the 2009 incident. It was then that I learned what "lift with your knees" meant, and though I've been careful to do so ever since, it's good to have a reminder. I have a feeling I'm going to be taking things very slowly at yoga next week. I may also try out swimming instead, since I haven't been in ages and it might be nice to have no pressure on my body at all.
Have you ever thrown your back out? Did anything particularly help? So far, I've found the icepack to be the most effective, but I've also been taking short walks around the apartment and dropping ibuprofen like it's hot. Right after the class when I tweaked it, I took a hot shower, and right now I'm waiting for the heating pad Roger bought me this morning to warm up. I've heard that ice stops helping about 24 hours after you get hurt (that's where I am right now), and that you should alternate with warmth because the ice stiffens up the muscles and can make it take longer to heal. And, as soon as I'm feeling like I'd be able to get out of the tub, I'm going to try this detox bath, just because it sounds nice.