Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday Randomness: Life, Health, and Other Weirdness

One happy family.

As I write this, I am propped up on what feels like a million pillows in a position designed to take pressure off my left side. My sciatica started to flare up last Monday and is continuing with vengeance into this week. I've had sciatica before, but never this bad or for this long. I can't sit. I can't stand or walk. I can't lay on my side. I've been stretching, soaking in hot baths, walking, and taking Advil. Nothing works! I'm so desperate for some relief that I ordered a brace for my lumbar and thigh. Of course, this is happening at the most inconvenient time. I have to build my online class before August 24, which will take extended periods sitting in front of a computer. Normally, I would swim it off. Alas, the YMCA is closed. All I can do is keep stretching and walking ... and hope that this brace works.

Let's face it, being laid up sucks, especially since my fabulous stationary bike and slide board have been delivered and are ready to go! I've been able to ride the bike despite the pain. It loosens my lumbar and hips just enough to provide some relief. Exercise helps. I know this. It's a matter of actually being mobile enough to do that exercise, or in my case, straddle the bike. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't.

Riding the bike while watching Rachel Maddow

When I can, I've been able to ride for 30 minute with a resistance of 5 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Instead of blocking out time during my day, I ride when I normally watch the news. I would be sitting on the couch during that time, instead, I'm getting in a work out. Not too bad.

Ed gets on the bike right after me and also rides for about 30 minutes. We're both struggling because neither of us have moved much since NYC was locked down because of the coronavirus. We both sit all day long because of our jobs and neither of us have a commute that forces us to walk, climb stairs, etc. This is most definitely why my sciatica is as bad as it is -- I'm sitting all day. 

The slide board, however, is not feasible right now. Sliding from side-to-side is excruciating and will definitely exacerbate the pain in my buttock, hip, and leg. It stinks, but I can't use the board until I feel better. Who knows when that will happen. I did have a chance to try it out before my sciatica attack. BOY! is it hard! I'm not a good ice-skater -- it's not something I grew up doing. The slide board requires the gliding, back-and-forth movement associated with ice-skating and a good amount of balance. The slide board is going to take a lot of practice before I'm comfortable doing full workouts. 

Burning my favorite candle ... so spicy.

I received a very lovely email from a long time reader of this blog. (I'm not putting her name here out of respect for her privacy.)  She asked if I would be doing outfit and fashion posts, especially Goth fashion with a retro twist. She also asked me if I would be featuring the stuff we bought during our Halloween Hunt. First and foremost: HELLO!!! And thank you for the lovely email. I'm glad that you're reading and following me again. :) Yes, it's good to be back. 

Outfit and fashion posts, eh? The honest answer is that I'm lucky if I slip on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt nowadays. I haven't been going anywhere because of the lock down, so I haven't been dressing up much. I spend most of my days with my hair in combs or a clip, no make up, and wearing loose, comfortable clothing. From the looks of things, I won't be going anywhere until the late Fall or even next year! But that doesn't mean I can't organize some posts around fashion, right? Maybe if I actually got dressed in the morning I'd feel better. So, ok. I can't promise when, but look out for fashion-related posts. 

As for the Halloween Hunt, because of coronavirus and all of the restrictions with retail shopping, Ed and I are cutting back on in-person Halloween shopping this year. We've been on the fence about going to Home Goods and Michaels to see what kind of goodies they have in stock. Maybe next month? I need to keep an eye on the case numbers here in NYC before we do anything. As for Yankee Candle and Bath and Body Works, our local stores are in a mall. In our area, malls aren't open yet. When I start feeling better, we're going to be focusing on creating a "Homespun Halloween." I need to be able to sit long enough to create art and craft. 

What's up, Hooman?

Bijou doing what Bijou does: Be Cute!

So what kind of fun randomness has been filling your life? 


  1. Sorry to hear about your sciatica. That sucks big time.

    What an adorable "family photo" -- everyone is posing so nicely for it! And Bijou is such a gorgeous kitty. It almost looks like she has a heart-shape on her tummy fur in those other photos.

    1. Thank you! It's getting better (sciatica), thankfully! I'm much more mobile and I'm getting some sleep finally. I'm almost 100%. YAY!

      Aw, thanks! Bijou is a really, really good kitty. I've never had a cat so sweet, affectionate, and cuddly. And that belly is soooooo soft!

  2. Ugh! I am soooooo, soooo, soooooo very sorry to hear of your sciatica pain! I am dealing with back pain myself and I can relate. Derek and I are trying yoga and it's been....interesting. LOL! I hope you get some relief real soon and are able to use all your fun and new exercise equipment!

    As for Halloween shopping, outfit posts and working from home. I feel you on that front too. We are all here enjoying whatever you blog about! I would love to know more about your Halloween collections that you already have as I've spotted them around your apartment ;) Sorry this is a novel, I drank a lot of coffee. Hahah! Love from the other side of NYS <3

    1. Pain sucks. Period. My sciatica doesn't originate in my back. Nope, I'm one of those lucky jerks whose sciatica is caused by a tush muscle squishing the sciatic nerve. Apparently, in some people the nerve runs through the muscle, so when the muscle tightens or is pulled (injury) VOILA! the onset of pain. BLAH.

      Hmmm ... my collections, huh? That's a tall order. :) But a good one.

  3. Hmmm randomness ... I guess, having my gallbladder removed? That's put a definite crimp in any exercise this last week, although I'm trying to at least get up and walk around, cook at little, etc. But I also need to finish prepping my fall course, with even less time because my university wants us to open our courses on our LMS early this time. Luckily, like you, I have an exercise bike and cute kitties to help with things :)

    1. OH GEEZ! How are you? I had no idea!

      I'm walking around the house and standing as much as possible, just to work the kinks out. OMG. Don't even remind me about prepping for my fall course. I'm just not ready for another semester. Thankfully, we aren't going to be back in the classroom, so no commuting or class time for me. YAY! We were told the same thing -- get your class up and running by the very first day of class regardless of when you "meet." For me, that's the 24th. sigh ... so much to do!

      Good luck and feel better!