MENTAL NOTE

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

You're NOT as Old as You Feel

Anyone who tells you you're as old as you feel must be feeling great, both mentally and physically — or be lying through their private dental plan teeth. Either way, I feel old and it's got something to do with an el cheapo washing machine that weighs a ton and an idiot who thought he was still in his early twenties. 

It was in the summer of 1991 when good ole Roger Murtaugh shouted, "I hurt my back lifting weights this morning! I hurt my back LIFTING WEIGHTS!" I remember sitting in our local movie theater watching Lethal Weapon 3 and laughing my butt off. Lifting weights my foot. He was wearing a 'man's girdle' to keep his big fat stomach in.

Well, I wish I could say the same and get away with it, too. Not that I'm wearing a man's girdle as I type this. Or a woman's girdle for that matter. But I did hurt my back, and I wasn't lifting weights trying to impress Miss Arizona. That, at least, would've been something. No, three days ago I hurt my back lifting a frigging washing machine. A washing machine. Day 1: ouch. Day 2: no pain whatsoever. Day 3: Blue guy is trying to take off his socks and that ouch felt on day 1 multiplied tenfold. Better make that twenty.

The pain was excruciating. It was unbearable. It felt like someone had stabbed me in the lower back with a blunt sword. I screamed out loud and fell on my knees almost hitting my head again the edge of our bathtub. Aaaahhhhhhhhhh! Tears rolled down my cheeks and I didn't know what to do. I thought I'd forgotten how to cry. Guess who was wrong once again. Luckily my phone was within reach so I could call for help.

To cut a long story short, I damaged my lower back and I'm trying my best not to make it worse. Time will tell if it's permanent. All I know is that I feel old walking like a fragile geriatric who thought he was in his early twenties. Sure, there was a time when I could bench press 198 pounds, but those days are over and I'd better believe it. Fifty is not the new forty. Neither is 49.

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57 comments:

  1. Sigh.
    Sadly I know that sort of pain and hope that yours does an Elvis and leaves quickly. Very bloody quickly.

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    1. You know what I mean? Say it ain't so.

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    2. Sadly I live with pain which often wakes me shrieking in the small hours. It outsucks Dyson.

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    3. I'm sorry to hear that. I had no idea :(

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  2. I'm so sorry, Blue. I set my Roomba down on the floor a couple of weeks ago and for several days couldn't move without having terrible pain in my lower back. Yes, a Roomba. At least you can brag that you lifted a washing machine. I sat around with a heating pad and took lots of over-the-counter pain relief medications.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sigh. And how is your back now?

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    2. Only the regular pain I always have and not the extra Roomba pain. You stay away from washing machines, my dear.

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  3. I hurt my back merely lifting a 40 pound bag of dirt about 10 years ago. I could not believe how bad it hurt. Lasted about 2 weeks and I learned my lesson.....so that's the good news! You'll never do THAT again.

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  4. Ugg, back pain sucks every which way. The physio therapist I started going to said in her 25+ years she has never seen anything like my back and feet and....the list goes on. So yeah, age can stick it.

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    1. Never seen a back like yours, feet included? Damn, Pat. Say it ain't so.

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  5. Very sorry! Crap.
    Then again, I'm at the point where sleeping in bed hurts my back. Which is really sad to tell people when they ask...

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    1. Sleeping in bed hurts your back? And that's not because your mattress is too soft?

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  6. Hi Blue,

    I am sorry to hear you hurt your back. Back injuries can be very painful. I wish you a speedy recovery.

    love and miss you!

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    1. Thanks, True. This week hasn't been great.

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    2. Hi Blue, I does sound like you have had a rough week. Is there anything I can do? I think a bottle of wine might help? Care to join me?





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    3. I'd join you in a split second.

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    4. How are you feeling today Blue? Would you prefer red or white wine? Red makes for better dreams come true.

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    5. A D-minus. That back hurts like a... well you get the drift. If red wone were the ticket to Bora, we'd be raising our glasses there as I type this. If only, True.

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  7. Poor Blue! There’s nothing worse than putting your back out for constant pain. Whatever you do, don’t sneeze! Take advantage of this obstacle by laying still on a beach ~ I suggest Bora Bora~ whilst being fed liquid medicine (they call them cocktails) by Tahitian nurses. I think this would help.

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  8. I'm 49 right now too. And I feel my age. I actually feel older because I have Osteoarthritis in my knee's so it's hard for me to walk sometimes. I hope your back gets better.

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    1. Osteoarthritis... Sigh. Just... sigh. Does your knee hurt a lot, Mary?

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    2. Yeah some days are better than others it's really those couple of stairs that I have to go up and down to get in and out of my complex and really hurt though. Pain is never fun, no matter where it is.

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    3. What we need is an elevator or a magic pill.

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  9. Sorry about your back, Blue. Two years ago I hurt my back ~ I fell ut of a wheelbarrow!!! lol . . . Don't ask!! ext day I was ok but two more days passed and like you, I had the same intense pain which made me cry out. I could hardly get out of bed, and walking to the Bathroom seemed as difficult as going to the moon. I could not get downstairs to even make a cup of coffee, let aloe eat. My son took me to an Osteopath and she gradually got me better and now the pain has gone completely, but I walk with a slight limp now. I can do most of the things I did before at almost 75 but always slowly. I am relaying my patio and the slabs are heavy, so take heart, Blue, it is pssible to recover but it might take some time. Ice packs and hot water bottles alternately helped me. I shall certainly not lift a washig machine, or carry a lady upstairs . . lol

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    1. Thanks for another excellent comment, Eddie. But... you fell out of a wheelbarrow? How come you were in that thing in the first place? The next day you were ok.... Sounds familiar. I do wonder why that is.

      I don't think anyone would hold it against you if you declined the tempting offer of carrying a lady upstairs. What's wrong with downstairs? :)

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    2. Yes, good thinking. I would certainly settle for downstairs . . lol

      Wheelbarrow. I was leaning against it when I was tending a bonfire but it was the wheel end not the handle end, hence it was entirely unstable. So I fell into the wheelbarrow then quickly out of it . . . carefully avoiding the fire.

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    3. OMG Eddie. You can't make that stuff up.

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    4. LOL . . Wanna bet?
      With me nothing seems to be conventional . . :)

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    5. It's never boring when Eddie's in town.

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  10. I'm sorry about your back. Big ouch! It's so easy to take for granted when our body parts are working correctly. But when they're not...
    Hope it heals and you're able to get around pain-free soon!

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  11. I feel your pain. Literally. And I'm so sorry. At least you did it doing something productive. I did it emptying the dishwasher! The damn dishwasher. I turned wrong or something and that was it. I was done for. Fell to ground. Had to crawl into the family room to lay down. The whole nine-yards. I was out of commission for days! Oh, and I'm also 49. *sigh*

    Feel better Mr. Blue!!! Be gentle to yourself!! You're still a powerful force!

    Elsie

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    1. Say it ain't so. The young and vibrant Elsie knows what I'm talking about? Washing machine... dishwasher... There IS a common theme to be noticed! Yes, there is. Could it be that there is some sort of a conspiracy we don't know about -- are they in cahoots? Or are we just falling apart and not gracefully to boot? Hmmmmm.

      How's your back now?

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    1. Yikes, all right. and ouch too.

      Thanks, Rooth. I'll come and visit you real soon.

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  13. How about a song Blue?

    Let's not waste precious time
    Let's make time matter for us
    Let's get lost in magical rhyme
    Let's enjoy life, minus the fuss
    Let's sip margaritas with slices of lime
    Let's look at life what can we adjust
    Let's get lost in dreams, it's good sometimes
    Let's fly the sky, no need for a bus
    Let's not waste precious time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOBjwkaW-T0

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    1. Time is inside of us
      Time will devour us
      Time will make fun of us
      Cause we will hit that bus...

      But maybe not today
      Let's be okay
      Some bread on a tray
      Near that Bora Bay.

      Hello True.
      How are you?

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    2. Just for today, free yourself
      from this melancholy mood

      Just for today, be thankful
      that your are here and alive

      Just for today, smile wide
      celebrate wonderful you

      Just for today, sing a song
      rejoice, let your voice be heard

      Just for today, make a wish
      under a million shining stars

      Just for today, breathe deep
      inhale, the sweetness of life

      Just for today, savor the moments
      let them linger in your heart

      Just for today, dream big
      the sky has no limits for you

      Just for today, you can have
      your cake and eat it too

      Happy Birthday Blue
      with love, True....

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    3. ps - I know a day early...

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    4. Thank you, True. That means a lot :)

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  14. So sorry to read that you've hurt your back.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.

    All the best Jan

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  15. Oh Blue!!! So sorry to hear you're out injured!!! Wishing you all the healing vibes!! I hear you with the 49 is not the new 50. Some days I feel like I'm 100! Other days like you I think I'm still 16!!

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    1. PS I might be back blogging.....

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    2. Hey! Look who's there! So good to hear from you again. 16 huh? What's your secret? Yes, of course I need to know :)

      You might be back blogging? Say it is so!

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    3. Inability to adult is a secret?? :-)

      Yes. I'm back :-)

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    4. Ohhhhh! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!! Hope it was brilliant!!!!

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  16. Just dropping over to wish you a happy Birthday!

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  17. Blue, read my comment above. Also, I am mystified where my email went as you never received it :(

    I hope you had a great birthday!

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    1. NopeI never everrrrrr received it. I checked and checked and triple-checked but no... it just isn't there. :(

      My birthday was okay. No party or anything, and I slept quite a bit too.

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