Think Twice and Take it Easy
Well, not exactly, but I do have to remember I am not as young as I used to be. (Did one of my fellow bloggers post something similar recently?)
Nor am I in ideal physical condition since the bitterly cold winter. As an outdoor person, I did not exercise as much as I might have had the weather been more generous.
So, what happened this time?
I went to pick up two loads of hay--13 bales each-- in my Durango. That's an SUV. It's not the ideal hay wagon, but it works, although the carpeting inside is pretty hayed up by now.
I unloaded and stacked the first load just fine. Then I drove the 7 miles back to the hay supplier, bought 13 more bales and came home to unload them.
Bale #16 or so was the one.
I decided to lift it up on top of the four high pile in back.
Mistake. As I lifted, I felt a tweak in my back. Yikes. I threw one of my vertebrae out of alignment. I've done this before, so I know all to well the feeling.
As I told my chiropractor this morning--blessed be he had an open appointment--it was like one of those situation comedy "I hurt my back" scenes. When the muscles seize up, you just can't stand up straight.
So, I still unloaded the rest of the hay despite the pain. What else would a true horse owner do? Horse care takes priority over agony every time.
I did decide not to go to the feed store to buy grain, however. That can wait until I feel better.
Luckily, the chiropractic adjustment worked a treat. I am wearing my back brace for a couple days and just taking it easy. The Boys will get their hay in flakes and I have plenty of grain to last.
The truth is, while I am not as young as I used to be, I have thrown my back out for years before this, so it's not really an age related thing. I tend to be a little too flexible in my body, so I have to be a little cautious.
So, note to self: curb your enthusiasm and just take a few more rest breaks now and then. Oh, yes, and know when to stop.