For those of you who don't know...I had back surgery about 5 years ago. Nothing major like fusion or anything like that. It was a microdiscectomy and I really don't have too many issues anymore.
That is until I forget that I should be more careful with strenuous activity and I develop a major back spasm. Unfortunately, I suffered from one all last week. I was cutting the grass last Friday afternoon, and the grass has been so thick and lush that the mower kept stalling on me. So, I had to repeatedly start it (constantly jerking my body to pull the damn cord). Stupid, I know ( I already have been lectured about it from my mom, John, etc). The thing is, when I get these spasms, they are very crippling...I can't even stand perfectly erect. I look like a decrepit elderly woman walking. Thank goodness that this only happens about once or twice a year, but when it does, my activities of daily life are minimized.
Therefore, last week consisted of barely making it through work (all day on my feet), "no swimming" (as commanded by John and my mom), and laying on the couch until bedtime. It was painful to be such a sloth, but it was totally worth it because now I feel 100% better!
Finally, I can get back to my usual routine - work (pain-free), swimming, cooking, chores, picking up my nieces, etc. I guess you have to go through these humbling experiences to remind yourself to take it easy sometimes. I promised to not mow the lawn so frequently, and to be more mindful that I do have a slight disability....because I know that I want to be in the best shape possible for when I have a little bun in the oven!