Monday, April 20, 2015

Another Note To Self

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.


  1. Ouch indeed! Hope it all feels better soon. Horse care is strenuous . . .

  2. It's the twist with weight on your arms that does it. Be careful.

  3. Yikes. You should really take it easy with the physical labor, especially with the heavy lifting. Good thing the chiropractor had an open schedule that day, and was able to do the necessary adjustments to ease the pain. Indeed, that last thing you said are words to live by, especially as we grow older. Take care!

    Mark Wallace @ Chiropractic Memphis

  4. Yeah, that is a rather precarious situation; doing these heavy liftings at the expense of your back. Though it is unavoidable, it is still a bit unnerving how this necessary work would just turn up in our daily routines. Well, thank goodness your chiropractor had an open schedule that day to relieve your pain. I hope that’s the last time you had to go through something like that. Have a nice day!

    Derek Sparks @ Forgey Chiropractic