It is in fact EXCRUCIATING!!!! A few years ago I had an ear infection and it was, at the time, the worst pain I have ever had in my entire life. That was NOTHING compared to the last few days. I did a very innocuous thing of putting a friend’s baby on my hip 10 days ago. I must have stuck my hip out and twisted at the same time, but thought nothing of it. Over the next couple of days I started to get pain in the hip and shooting down the back of my leg. I saw the GP and got some painkillers, carried on as the pain got worse. Early Friday morning we had to call the on call GP as I was screaming and crying in pain at 3am. They didn’t come out but told me to take more painkillers and ring my GP in the morning. I did that but by mid afternoon I started to be sick so had to get to the GP quick who then sent me to hospital because I couldn’t even keep water (let alone painkillers down).
The diagnosis is sciatica, and there is no time frame of how long it is going to last. I can walk about, in fact that keeps it moving and loose, but as soon as I stop and sit down, or god forbid go to bed, the pain just builds, and it is the most excruciating pain to get up again. I spent Friday night in hospital getting IV fluids and painkillers and was sent home Saturday afternoon after proving I could keep food down.
So I am currently spending all day standing up!! Not the easiest thing when the pills are making me drowsy and I want to sleep. I have done a little bit of walking-knitting!
On Thursday I had started the process of dyeing some yarn. It finally got completed yesterday after sitting in the dyepot for two days while I was incapacitated in the Countess of Chester. It was originally Debbie Bliss undyed Rialto DK and I dyed it with madder chips. I would have liked it darker, but am still really pleased with the variegated result. I love the fact that with natural dyes you really don’t quite know what you are going to get.
There are 6 x 100g skeins there, all from the same dyepot but all slightly different, so 1200 metres total. I originally wanted to make Sirdar 7187 with it but I might reconsider and make a Lush cardigan instead. I think I need to swatch a bit first.
When I am feeling better I am going to start taking Pilates classes to strengthen my back and core muscles.
Take care of your back everyone, cos when it goes wrong you really know about it!!!