Bad news, friends. I did something terrible to my back. I don’t know if it’s the old “lift and twist” that got me this time (pro tip: don’t lift and twist at the same time, ever), but whatever I did, it hurts a lot.
So, I can’t do a lot of things I need and want to do. Pick up my thirty-pound bundle of joy. Put on my socks. Undecorate my Christmas tree. Get the house ready for Friday’s highly anticipated play date. (Highly anticipated by me, I should add. When I set it up after library story time yesterday, I felt like I had just gotten a date to the prom. “She said yes! She said yes!” Have I mentioned that making more mom friends is one of my goals?)
This back pain is frustrating. But it is also, as my seminary internship supervisor would say, a “learning opportunity.” (Pro Tip: Beware of “learning opportunities”, as they are so often actually “things the person promoting them would prefer not to do”.) Here are some things I’ve had the opportunity to learn in the last day or two:
1. When your back hurts, crawling around on the floor picking up toys is kind of a dumb idea. So is lying on your stomach in your daughter’s pop up tent.
2. Saying, “I feel a tiny bit better! I can do a few little things!” is not a step forward on the road to healing. It is a step forward on the road to wincing and possibly saying a few of the words your parishioners apologize for saying in front of you. (Hey there, kids. The words in question are of course “dagnabit” and “sassafras”. What were you thinking?)
3. Frozen Brussels sprouts may seem like a great choice for icing your back, since you are probably never going to eat them. (Pro Tip: When it comes to Brussels sprouts, go fresh or go without.) Guess what? Sooner or later, frozen Brussels sprouts make your back smell like . . . Brussels sprouts. And no one wants that.
4. Backs are sensitive. And important for all kinds of activities. Treat them with care and respect. (I learn this one every time.)
5. Husbands are handy, whether they’re applying IcyHot strips, coaxing toddlers into snowsuits and out the back door, or saying things like, “My plan for today is to do dishes and clean the house, because I think you should lie down.” I don’t mind telling you that I am seriously considering marrying this guy.
Your turn! What learning opportunities have you had lately? And / or, what can I do for my aching back?