Getting Back on Track

It’s been a rough few weeks around here, and I’m totally failing on keeping up with the blog. The main reason being that it’s been super busy at work. That’s right, it’s road construction season! While I’m cussing the road closures and long delays I try to remind myself that it is my bread and butter. With the boyfriend and I both working for the same company, both of our schedules are going crazy. I’m working a lot of extra hours, but the boyfriend’s job is basically 24/7; He’s getting calls from his crews at all hours of the night, and is often on job sites on the weekend.

To top it all off, we’ve been less than healthy here lately. Last Thursday night the boyfriend was up all night, extremely ill. Like, vomiting all night kind of ill. Which means I was up all night as well. He was in rough shape for days. We worried about a virus, but no one else was sick. We considered food poisoning, but for the most part, we both eat the same things. It wasn’t until this week that it occurred to him that the start of his illness coincided with the day he spent hosing off the patio with insecticide. He was trying to get rid of the tiny red dots that scurry all over the patio walls. FYI, the insecticide did absolutely nothing to help that problem. He’s just starting to feel more normal. I’ve been riding him about going to the doctor, especially now that we know the likely cause. Insecticides are known for causing liver and other organ damage!

On Monday I woke up with a weird, stiff feeling in my upper back/chest area. I did some stretches, took a hot shower, and headed off to work. As I went to step out of the car, the most terrible pain radiated from my upper back. Besides a few aches and pains, I’ve never had back issues. My goodness, it was terrible! The horrific pain every time I moved lasted for several hours before finally settling into something more manageable. A quick Google search revealed that issues with the upper spine are very rare; It was most likely a muscle issue, or I was dying of cancer. Thanks WebMD!

Admittedly, I probably should have gone to the doctor. But, I’m busy, and I didn’t want to get a bunch of tests for something that was most likely a muscle issue. I can’t handle prescription pain pills. The thought of muscle relaxers was appealing, until I remembered the last time they gave me muscle relaxers, years ago, and I puffed up like a blimp. I seriously gained 15 pounds in less than a week. I’m guessing water retention? On the plus side, my boobs got huge! On the minus side, everyone thought I was pregnant. Not exactly fun times!

So, the boyfriend’s still running to the bathroom throughout the day, and I’m old-ladying it with my heating pad and advil. Fun times! Things are starting to get better though. Hopefully I’ll be back on a better schedule soon!

– Cindy W.


  1. I’m glad you’re probably not dying of cancer 🙂 FWIW, my experience with back stuff is that you need to take more advil than you think you should in order to get the muscle relaxing effects — I took four at a time. You can’t do this a lot, obviously, but once should be ok, and it did help. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the tip! I still have a little bit of pain, but nothing like it was. The optimistic part of me would like to believe this was a one time, fluke thing that will never, ever happen again. But that’s probably just wishful thinking. I have to remind myself that I am getting older! So I’ll keep the advil tip in mind for the next time!

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