Saturday, 27 February 2010

What happened to January and February?

I know, I know it has been a bit of a long time no blog situation. In fact, I can hardly believe it is nearly March already. I haven't been posting very much at all. What has been going on Chez Lakeland Jo?

Looking at this picture ( taken September 2009) of other half and teenager, it is obvious lots has been going on ... for a start teenager is pretty much the same height as dad now!
Since January I have been struggling with sciatica. It is the most miserable condition. Are you familiar with it? I hope not but I believe it is very common. It started just before Christmas and got really bad during January and February. I enlisted the help of an osteopath to start with, and now I am seeing a sports therapist regularly and that has worked really well. It has made a big difference. His advice though was to go to a bio mechanical podiatrist. I am flat footed, uneven shouldered,and walk like a drunken sailor, which is apparently putting strain on my whole system, especially by back. Hence the pain and problems!
I need to get orthotics in my shoes, I need to work on my core strength. I need to improve my ( non-existent) fitness, and I need to lose more weight.
So, I am going to take Fridays off from now on. Having our own ( expanding) business this is a big and significant move. However, I need to be fit and healthy on the four days I am working, and investing time and energy on my body on Fridays seems like a damned good idea. So I am going to have a gentle gym session, some sports therapy, some fresh air and some pampering. That will be my Fridays from now on, and I will let you know how I get on.
So, managing my lack of sleep and the constant pain has battered both time and the creative muse. Hopefully I will be a more consistent blogger from now on. If we get some lovely spring weather now ( after the worst winter certainly in my memory) I will be flying.
Happy Spring to you all


Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow. You just got over the gal bladder issues and now this? You poor thing.
I can tell you that I suffered with horrid leg, back, ankle and hip pain for a loooonngg time. (years ago)
I was being tested for all sorts of things, issues. Xrays too.
Finally one Dr. saw that my feet were flat.
That was all it took...orthotics. I had them made 14 years ago and wear them all the time. They saved my life and sanity!!!
I hope that helps.
Good luck on your fridays' off!!!

Polergirl said...

That sounds like a plan. Make sure you do invest the Fridays in you though, and that they don't become a 'catch up' day for doing the jobs you never quite get around to doing because of work! I've learned the hard way that investing in my mind / body has to come above everything else, and it makes a HUGE difference to my quality of life.

Go for it girl! Would love to meet up for coffee (and cake of course!) Am hoping to be around your part of the world in a few weeks time - can you recommend any good coffee (and cake) shops?

Gail said...

I sympathise with the sciatica, but thankfully only had it on a few occasions and usually when pregnant and I think Fitness Fridays should be had by all of us! Being tired and uncomfortable wears you down doesn't it?
Well enjoy tomorrow!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I agree with you concerning the last few months...where did they go???

Good luck with your new Fridays off scheme. Hope it works out for you and you can do away with that nasty sciatica. I have a touch of it myself, but so far nothing disabling, praise the Lord.

Happy almost Spring! ;o)

Love and hugs,


Gail said...

Well I'm sure 6-1 cheered you up a little?
Looking good for Prem again don't you think?

Gill - That British Woman said...

gosh it's one thing after another for you at the moment. I hope your health improves for you soon, and yes I have had sciatica and its a killer, had my back operated on (herniated disc) and the pain was gone, but still have a bad back...

Gill in Canada

karen gerstenberger said...

I will be thrilled for you if Suz's solution is also yours. Your Fridays off sound like another kind of "good medicine." I hope these things help and that you feel better soon! You deserve to enjoy your life!
Wonderful photo of your men, by the way.

Expat mum said...

You do NOT walk like a drunken whatever. I do highly recommend orthotics though. They have saved my back. It all starts from the feet. If they're not in line, how can the poor spine or anything else be right?

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Lakeland Jo,

I had wondered what was happening. It is a good idea to reserve some time and space for yourself. Good luck with that!

My health took rather a battering last year and I'm trying to do all sorts of things like not take on too much, trying to say "no" to stuff and knowing my own limits a bit better. I'm also trying to lose some weight and just generally calm down. (Always difficult for me!)

Really wishing you well with everything and hoping you feel and sleep better soon. :)