After a couple of weeks of temperatures in the mid-80s, we’ve got a cold front coming our way and yesterday only got up to 72°. At 11:30 last night the temperature was 17° colder than it was at the same time the night before, and the weatherman says we will be in the 60s for the next week or so. Of course, it could be worse. Watching news footage of the massive storm slamming the Northeast and New England states, I’m grateful to be here in Florida.
Many of you have been asking how I’m feeling, given my recent back problems. It’s an ongoing issue I have dealt with ever since my Army days, and I would usually get a flare up a couple times a year. But this last episode has been much worse and lasted much longer than ever before. For the last two weeks it’s been two steps forward and one step backward every day. I’ve been to the VA, to an ER to rule out anything like a kidney stone, and I’m seeing a chiropractor three times a week. She’s at least got me to the point where I’m not walking with two canes anymore, and overall my pain level is much lower. I know that eventually I’m going to have to look into a more permanent solution, and I am doing some research and weighing my options.
The VA’s answer has always been to give me pain meds, but pills just temporarily mask the pain and don’t solve the problem. And I’m always hesitant to take any kind of hard-core drugs because they leave me in too much of a fog. I’m probably paranoid, but I’ve seen what can happen to people who start out using them for legitimate reasons and wind up getting hooked on that crap. I did take a few a couple of weeks ago during the worst of this flare-up, but stopped as soon as possible.
One thing I want to do to help my back is to replace my recliner. It’s a big leather chair that looks like it should be very comfortable. But when I sit in it I find myself sliding into a slouch that puts extra strain on my lower back. So the other day Terry and I went shopping to see what we could find.
Whenever we are furniture shopping, we always run into the same issue. We both are short and our legs barely reach the ground when we are standing up, let alone when sitting back in most chairs. So we are always looking for something that actually fits us, and usually not successfully. We did find a very nice Flexsteel double recliner that we both liked a lot and we are considering it.
While we were at that furniture store, we saw something really impressive, a Cozzia massage chair. Now, this isn’t one of those cheapie vibrating chairs like you see at most places. This puppy looks like something out of Star Trek, and totally envelops your arms, legs, and torso, then uses all kinds of computer controlled sensors that read your body, then tell it just where to massage you, and with how much pressure from your neck, shoulders, back, and hips, and all the way down to the soles of your feet.
The salesman invited us to sit down and experience it, but at $6,000 I told him I really wasn’t interested in something that sophisticated. He said no problem, lots of people come in just to sit in it and get their weekly massage. So what the heck, I took it for a ride. Two minutes into the 15 minute demo I told Miss Terry that if that chair could learn to make pizza as well as she does, she’d be history. She didn’t see the humor in that, but when it was her turn in the chair it didn’t take her very long to ask, “Nick who?” She was so relaxed I thought I might have to buy the darn thing and have it delivered just to get her back home!
Things have been so hectic for the last few weeks, between getting ready for visitors out of town, having Terry’s mom and dad here with us for a week, getting the garage emptied out so it could be spray foamed and then putting everything back in it, my physical problems, and having the new flooring put in the house that we have been on the go pretty much nonstop and we were both wiped out. So yesterday, except for a quick trip to the chiropractor’s, we stayed home and didn’t do much of anything. We just really needed a down day. And it felt so good we may have to do the same thing today!
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