Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back Up and Running ... Sort Of!

A big thank you to everyone who left me well wishes in my post yesterday about my back being out of whack- yet again! Being that the old cliché "misery loves company" is quite true, it was nice to hear from others who also suffer from the occasional problem with their backs, too. I read the other day that 75% of people have some sort of back problem or another and it's the number 1 reason for people under the age of 45 to miss work. Wow! Apparently I am in good company!

Thankfully I didn't miss any work this go-round though it made for an even longer 16-hour shift than usual as sitting is about the worst thing you can do when it comes to lumbar back problems. To that end, I spent a lot of time standing and pacing around the dispatch center in an effort to keep things more or less loosened up. It's times that like when I envy dispatchers who work in centers who have the adjustable-height consoles which are designed to let you dispatch while standing up. Unfortunately we don't have any such thing at American though Matt, my supervisor, is trying hard to get new consoles that can do that sort of thing approved. In the meantime, Renee gave me an empty box to put my keyboard on which did elevate it up off the counter and actually worked pretty well! It looked pretty makeshift but who cares?!?

Today I'm going to take it easy, try to get around to everyone's blogs, and stay inside and away from the hazy, hot, and humid weather that New England is throwing at us. Ugh! I'm sure the weather, and my back problems, have a lot to do with Hurricane Bertha that is bearing down on the East Coast. I just hope that she isn't the first in a long line of hurricanes this season but ya just never know. Everyone have a fantastic Tuesday!

Hurricane Bertha

20 comments:

  1. We had storms last night and rain all morning - and my back is all achey today. Maybe it's sympathy pains!
    Whenever I hear the name "Bertha" I think of a play I saw a long time ago, and there are two women. A big one and a skinny one. The big one is named Bertha, and she has this monologue about how it's a big girls' name - you've never known a skinny Bertha have ya?

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  2. PS - you should do a post about the Hurricane names for this season and predict which ones will be big storms by the way their names sound!
    Because Bertha sounds like a big girl is coming to stomp on sumthin'!

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  3. What Mo said. Glad you have today off. Feel better. Big hug. :)

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  4. I hope the company get the adjustable consoles, I'm sure it will make your life so much easier honey. x

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  5. Yes, look after yourself, Linda.

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  6. Hurricanes starting already? Boo Hiss. Hope your back gets some much needed rest today too.

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  7. Almost 12 years ago to the day, another Hurricane Bertha formed in the same general area in the Atlantic. That Bertha came ashore near Wilmington, NC and did several million dollars in damage. But that was just a precursor of what was to come in September of that year when Hurricane Fran did over a Billion Dollars in damage in North Carolina. That was my first year in my adopted state. What a welcome!

    Anyway, I'm glad your back is doing better. I've had two back surgeries, so you have my complete sympathy.

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  8. Glad your on the mend... I always knew Bertha... as "Big Bertha and the Butt Sister's."

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  9. feel better honey, and i sure hope bertha is an only child!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxooxoxoxoxo

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  10. First of all, I hope you don't get hit by Hurricane Bertha. Also, I wasn't aware you are having back problems, but then I haven't been visiting much lately. I sure hope your back problem is better soon and that you are not facing surgery.

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  11. I missed your post yesterday so I didn't know about your back..I hope your day off today was just what the doctor ordered, and that your back is better.

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  12. Feel better & soon! I didn't know that your back problems were that bad. Herniated disks, stenosis & arthritis are nothing to fool around with. So please take care. I still can't believe that you only get 3 sick days! Are they kidding??? The flu lasts longer than 3 days.

    Here's some cyber (((HUGS))) for your back & I'll be praying for pain free days.

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  13. Girl, it's so freakin' hot here!!! I'm tellin' you what...I'm ready for winter, and snugglin' with a baby. Can I fast forward a few months???

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  14. Glad to hear that your back is better. But don't over do it!

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  15. Do a massage or SPA. It sure relieves the stress and calm your mind.

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  16. Glad to hear you're better!

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  17. Glad you are feeling better!

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  18. Get some rest, Linda.
    I think Bertha is going to stay away from the shore and disapear in the ocean. That's my story and I'm sticking to it :o)

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  19. I hope you will be healty. So be careful.

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  20. My lower back has never been the same since my daughter was born. Though I did find that massage was really helpful but I cannot afford to go to a massage therapist everyday. Luckily I found this review on a massage chair I could use in my home and this has helped a lot. Plus my husband gets to use it for his leg pains since he is a long distance runner.

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