So last Monday I said I was going to take the week off away from my shops to charge my batteries and get some tax/inventory/admin stuff done.
Ah, the best laid plans…
My week was actually very busy. I had a bunch of unique and/or large orders that were still in the queue when I shut my shops, so it wasn’t a clean break. Turns out I worked full days all this week as if it were any other week; it was just light on the email as it’s not uncommon for me to get 20 inquiries a day between my different shops. So that really helped. But as I was wrapping up my Etsy orders, a lot of off-Etsy orders came through and that also kept me busy, so next thing I knew, it was Friday afternoon and I had a whole week behind me and was no further along on taxes or inventory (or cleaning my studio that I started 2 weeks ago!)
Sunday…I’ll bang it out on Sunday I told myself. Well, wouldn’t you know it, I threw my back out shortly after I put up yesterday’s post. I knew something was up on Friday. I was working on something in my studio and when I stood up, I felt a sharp pain and it was hard to stand upright. Not a stranger to back pain, I rolled on our thick styrofoam roller (it really does wonders on loosening up your back!). Still no luck. When David got up, he massaged my lower back, applied a topical back medicine and I was feeling good. Even worked out with no pain!
Woke up Saturday morning feeling really good (sleep the last couple of nights had been fantastic after a rough couple of weeks!) and problems didn’t arise until after I was painting for a bit. I got up at one point and had the familiar ache from the previous day. Repeated same routine with back massage and topical cream. But then it got worse as the afternoon and evening progressed. Now sitting was uncomfortable, getting up from a sitting position was painful and spasms started happening at a rapid rate. One little tweak in one direction sent electrical pulses of pain in my lower back. Standing upright seemed to be the only comfortable position. And bending down meant keeping a perfectly straight back while bending with my knees to reach for anything low to the ground.
Things quickly declined and soon I couldn’t stand comfortably. So now here I am propped up in bed in a semi-comfortable, semi-painful position and not going anywhere. Funny how the universe gives you what you need (and sometimes what you ask for, hence the “watch what you wish for, you just might get it” sentiment). I was hoping for some down time last week and now I’m getting it (though, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind!)
So…I may or may not reopen tomorrow…hopefully this is fleeting and will be healed soon, though David had this same thing happen about a month ago and he was out for a full week and even then was still in great pain for another week. Oh geez…
If worse comes to worst, I have PLENTY of admin. work to do that could fill up all of next week’s working hours and then some, so perhaps this is what I need. Forced time to do paperwork. Though I hate to keep my shops closed an additional week, particularly my supplies shop. But what can you do? *shrug*
In any event, my head is in a good place and I feel balanced (I tell you, having good nights of sleep make such a difference on my emotional state!), so I’m just going to take it one day at a time and heal up. Besides, Sundays are good for that.