Yes, it looks like a mess. Let’s see how your housekeeping survives your back injury. Yes those are wall studs. I was in the middle of redoing the basement when this happened.
So this is where I’ve been for 23-1/2 hours a day for the last couple of months. Note the following:
- It;s on the ground floor, and I can exit the house via the garage. No stairs involved. Stairs are not your friends.
- Trash can next to bed.
- Media computer at head of bed. I do have a TV. It’s buried in the garage. See the bit above about redoing the basement. This is for watching movies with my kids. It’s also got USB ports for charging my phone, etc.
- Just above the pillows is a recycling bag. It’s hanging from a nail on one of the wall studs.
- There’s a 12 pack of seltzer water next to the bed. My preference is to make my own with my SodaStream, but there are times when that process – getting out of bed, filling the bottle, with water, carbonating the water, and then going back to bed – is more than I can take.
- Power strip on the floor next to the bed. Powers computers, heating pad, etc.
- Bag-o-meds resides on the floor at the head of my bed.
In short, I’ve rearranged things so that what I need on a regular basis is within arm’s reach It provides a measure of independence, in that I don’t need anyone to get these things for me. It’s usually not tidy, but it helps me get through the day. And night. On the days when I can barely make it to the bathroom, it really makes a difference.
After a couple days of hobbling around in excruciating agony, it occurred to me that my mother had left a cane behind on one of her visits. I got it out of the closet, and after that it never left my side. That included in the shower – I would just pull off the rubber foot after I got out to drain the water that had collected. That also includes sleeping with it, so that when I wake up I know exactly where it is.
Of course, since I associated that cane with my mother, after a couple of weeks I decided to get one of my own. More masculine. OK – I also get bored and like to shop on Amazon. So, I ordered one of these:
(If you click the image and buy one, Amazon gives me a few cents)
After a month, I have the following to say.
- Foam handle is softer on my hand
- Plain black
- Sturdy (300 lb limit)
- Not as sturdy as my previous cane. That one has a “T” handle directly over the shaft. This one feels like it flexes a little bit.
- Not as easy to get the rubber foot off to pour the water out after taking a shower
- The height that I got used to on the first cane seems to be halfway between two heights on this cane.
Conclusion: It’s a good cane, but for a larger individual like me, I’ll probably go to a “T” handle for my next purchase.
Sometime around November is when I originally ruptured my L3/L4 disc. At least that’s what I can conclude, based on the type of pain I was experiencing. All was bearable until early November, when I spun my kids on a merry-go-round at the park.
That’s all it took. Twisting and pulling.
7 weeks later, I have not been back to my office yet. Most of my time is spent in a construction zone – the basement I started renovating earlier this year.
Rather than focusing on how bad it is, I’d rather share some of my experiences and lessons. Remember: smart people learn from their mistakes, but really smart people learn from other people’s mistakes!