I've been asleep just about all day, the pain killers and muscle relaxants they gave me last night were that good.
It all started a few weeks ago when EBMUD sent me a water bill that indicated over three times our normal water usage (and three times the cost). Everything seemed fine with all of the household plumbing. I called for an inspection, their inspector didn't show up on the day I expected them. But we got a note left on the door saying that, while nobody is home, the water meter runs continuously and that our usage continues to be unusually high.
Over the weekend, I checked around the house more diligently. What I thought may have been a wet spot by the side of the garage (not far from a spigot) seemed like a good candidate, so I got the shovel and started digging. The soil didn't get much softer as I dug deeper. There was no specific motion or event that I recall being more vigorous than others but in the hours that followed, a pain in my lower back grew. And grew. And grew to a point of intensity that everything I did hurt in my lower back. Sitting down. Getting up from a sitting position. Laying down. Everything hurt, intensely! A doctor friend of mine told me that I musta skipped charter 2 of the "You're over 40 now" manual where it is specified not to do any more shoveling. Doh!
At the emergency room, they gave me a cocktail of toradol, dilaudid and phenergan and a prescription for soma and percocet. The shot last night really knocked me out, I've been asleep off and on most of the day today. I'm gonna be doing a lot of laying down with ice on my back. A lot of walking around. But not a lot of sitting. So, I'm writing this post woozy from the drugs but standing upright with the pooter on the kitchen counter. Gonna go for a walk next. I need to resolve things with the water company and the plumbing on our premises.( Apr 30 2007, 04:47:38 PM PDT ) Permalink