Friday, April 22, 2011

Ode to the Back

Growing up my mom always had back pains.
She had so many surgeries, it seemed like she was in chains.

I have lived a pretty active life.
Then I grew up and became a wife.

Over the past couple of years I have suffered from back aches.
They show up at random times because some of my stupid mistakes.

The first time it hit me was last year in the spring.
I was outside planting flowers to give my yard a little zing.

UH OH there it goes.
Seriously, this really blows.

The pain only lasted a couple of days.
I still went to work, just moved like a cow on the graze.

The pain stayed away for almost a year, 
then last month it kicked up in high gear.

I was at my friend's house that has three little kids,
I went to pick one up, but my back forbids!!

We were celebrating our March Thanksgiving that day, 
so don't think this mishap put less food on my tray.

This time, just like the first, I was able to work.
I just couldn't make sudden movements or my back would jerk.

I still play church league softball,
but that's not going to hold up for the long haul.

So, Tuesday night, I'm playing left field.
A ball was hit, so I peeled.

A mad dash to catch it in the air.
It went in my glove, but to my despair

My back got real tight and down to my knees I went.
I was able to walk it off, but still wasn't 100%.

We went into the dugout and I took a seat, 
but not for very long because the game wasn't complete.

I was up to bat, so there I went
This is where the real pain underwent.

I waited for the pitch I liked 
and swung with all my might.

The ball was hit and the play was in action, 
but there I stood with a major back contraction. (P.S. the doc told me they're called spasms, but I would always call them contractions.)

The game was over, but the drama remained
thank goodness the other team had a first aid kit and they were trained.

Some on field therapy got me a little stronger, 
but to my surprise the pain would last longer.

As if I was a drunk, my keys were taken from me
Gary wasn't there, so I was taken home by Rachel and Lee.

I've been off of work since Wednesday 
and I just wanted to convey

That I really hate back injuries 
and I want it to go away!!!

I'm sorry to all of you who might be like poet people I don't know the different types of poems, I just like to rhyme :).

I have been to the chiropractor twice and he has put me on a heavy therapy regimen, so hopefully I'll be 100% very soon and I will be able to go back to work on Monday!  I do have a double header on Tuesday, but I'm not sure that I'm going to play :(.  

The doc told me that all these years of swinging one way has made one back muscle stronger than the other side and I need to work it out.  I started the Turbo Jam work-out recently and intend to continue that work-out once the back is back!  Hopefully I won't have to write another ode to the back anytime soon!

Thanks for reading, 


Michael said...


Anonymous said...

Love it!! You are a great poet! Sorry it is taking so long for you to recover this time! Do all your stretching and cut any corners!!

Juliane McCorkle said...

Oh that stinks! I hope it's better soon!

nat said...

Girl, I go to the chiropractor once a week - in fact, today's my day - Mondays! Hope you are feeling better soon!