I had an inkling that I might be in trouble when I went to bed last night. My back was horrible and by this morning, I could hardly move, let alone walk. I haven’t felt this bad for a while. My back screamed every time I breathed.
So I took a double dose of Tramadol and TurmOil and set my Painpod belt on full volume zapping with massage (electric muscle stimulation), waited 30 minutes in bed and then got up and dressed. The girls kindly did my morning chores while I limped about uselessly outside with a walking stick to keep me upright.
Gradually I could feel the benefits of gentle exercise so after breakfast, I caught Haakon, left the walking stick behind, hung onto his neck and we went for a walk along the road. Nice and flat, no tripping and hopefully manageable.
It was a beautiful morning and the girls wanted to come too.
Daisy appeared on Taktur.
I let the boys introduce themselves.
And they went on with their ride, leaving us behind.
Haakon made an excellent walking aid. He always knows when I am not well and I can rely on him to support and look after me. He knows his job well. Hanging onto his mane and neck made walking much easier.
We went along at a good pace, enjoying the lovely view. The fact that Haakon was supporting me, while also pulling me along meant my legs had to walk to keep up but it was less effort.
In return for his help, I let Haakon stop to eat the thistle flowers. He loves them. Spikey but delicious.
We did our usual walk and turned around to go home, seeing Daisy and Taktur coming down the other road.
The walk did good. My legs went on working better but I have been circling the planet incoherently for the rest of the day – that’s what huge doses of Tramadol does to me. The pinching agony every time I breathe is more manageable but comes back if I lower the dose.
Let’s hope this is just a blip. Too much to do for my malfunctioning back to get in the way.