"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Simple pleasures

This post from Elaine  sits well with my thoughts today. For the past month I have  been  suffering almost continuously  with sciatica,  This has meant dosing myself with copious amounts of pain killers and anti-inflammatories, crawling round the house, struggling to do the minimum possible amount of housework (well, every cloud...!) and shopping and presenting myself weekly at the doctor's in search of a different/better/stronger pain killer. In fact, the receptionist now knows my name, and that's not a good thing.
Worst of all, is  not being able to take the dogs out for their walks. I have to admit that dog walking is sometimes a bit of a drag, especially if the weather is bad but, until now, I had not realised how much I missed it when I could no longer do it.
So, here's the thing. Last evening, sitting on the sofa with a hot water bottle clutched to my thigh to drown the pain; this morning, still discomfort but hardly any pain and suddenly, I am able to walk like a normal, two legged human!
Ever the one to push it, I decide to attempt a short walk with Paddy. Success! I even managed to manoeuvre him .past two cats. Next it's Jake's turn. His waistline has been sneakily expanded lately so we end up doing one of our normal, shorter walks. Altogether, I was out for about 45 minutes; not a marathon and not at a brisk march but, it's walking!
Next, I mowed the grass, spurred on, I have to say, by the fact that Formula One was overwhelming the air waves and I needed an escape route.
And now it's evening and I am sitting typing this, still not in pain and still wondering what has happened but not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Tomorrow, I could be back to square one but let's hope not. Even if I am, at least the dogs and I had two very pleasant walks and the sun was shining!


Helsie said...

Sounds like the trapped nerve has escaped from its prison and you ( and it ) are free. Hooray !!

elaine rickett said...

Oo let's hope you're on the mend - I know it is awful when you are used to be up and about doing stuff just having to sit and feel sorry for yourself. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the mention.

Flighty said...

I hope that you are better, but don't overdo it. Flighty xx

Jennyta said...

I certainly hope so, Helsie. :)

Jennyta said...

You're welcome, Elaine. I thought yours was a lovely post.

Jennyta said...

I'll try not to, Flighty. Not in my nature to be patient though. ;)

Cro Magnon said...

If possible try to keep up the exercise; it really is the best non-chemical remedy!

Jennyta said...

I certainly will, Cro!

cheshire wife said...

We take good health for granted and really resent being ill. Hopefully the problem has sorted itself out.

Jennyta said...

Thanks, CW, I think I'm on the mend now.


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