Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Living Alone & Having an Emergency

Today I had a health scare, after a shower I went to put on my underwear and got one foot in but as I lifted my other leg to slide through the hole I felt this immense pain in my lower back and I dropped to the floor like a rock.

I was in so much pain that I was actually howling in agony and uncontrollably crying. I was completely immobile. I laid there naked and scared on my bedroom floor. I couldn't move a muscle and when I did sharp pain would run through my boby.

I had to calm myself down and control my breathing as I couldn't breath properly and had to take short shallow breaths. 

I knew my phone was on my bed and that was only a few feet away but I couldn't get to it, if I had I probably would have called 911 I was in that much pain. I laid there completely still for about 20 minutes. 

After the 20 minutes I slowly began to move and for the next 15 minutes I climbed up on to my bed and laid down. I had my phone now and debated on calling 911 but I didn't feel it was an emergency anymore.

I laid on my bed for about an hour before I felt okay enough to get up, put on some clothes and go sit in the living room where I stayed the rest of the day. I had gotten a text from Lydia asking how the lunch with Jeff was going (something I was suppose to do) and I informed her of my back issue and on her way home she was kind enough to bring me some lunch.

During the 20 minutes of being paralyzed on my bedroom floor your mind gets to thinking..  I remember stories of people being found days later after a fall or stoke or heart attack and that is truly one of my biggest fears about living alone. Luckily Lydia was still staying with me but she was out to lunch and would be home in a few hours, so I knew eventually someone would find me.. but the idea of Lydia finding me sprawled out on my bedroom floor naked was not a happy thought.

I'm not what I would consider really old but I am getting to my mid 40's and I do know folks who have heart attacks and strokes at these ages and then you have my trick back. Even though this was the worst back issue I have ever had, lucky for me it only lasted few hours and I was able to be mobile. I still got sharp pain if I turned a certain way or moved to fast but at least I could move.

I'm going to give it a few days to see if it gets any better before making a doctor appointment. I can't really afford to go to the doctors but if it continues to hurt like it has I need to have it looked it. I'll keep you all posted on Twitter, Facebook and/or my blog.

1 comment:

  1. I checked with bro and just based on how you described the pain and how it was triggered it could be your sciatic nerve. Of course, a proper professional would be able to better make that diagnosis. If it is somehow related to the sciatic nerve, you might want to consider doing some stretching to help alleviate some of the pain. It will take time for sciatica to go away though. Stretching and exercise!