Hiking with pain


I have no idea what happened. All I know is that I woke up with a back that hurt so bad I almost couldn’t get out of bed. This is not a new phenomenon, mind you. My back had gone out off and on (say two or three times a year) for over twenty years. This morning was different. Usually I am bent over with pain and cannot straighten up. Today I could stand straight but not bend over.

So – getting dressed. Hmmmm Underwear and socks were a particular challenge. I had planned on doing a five-hour hike on the Westwood Ridges. Change my pans? Silly – of course not!

I managed to get my hiking boots and gaiters on – wasn’t easy. I found some interesting positions – sort of a half crouch while leaning against the wall and then pulling myself back up on various pieces of furniture. Was thinking – please don’t let me have to pee while I am out in the woods. Have no idea how I wound get down let alone back up again. Can I learn to pee standing up? I might be about to find out.

And so off I went. Abby and I hiked just fine. It hurt for the first hour or so and gradually eased into a consistent ache. I can live with that but it’s tiring.

I should mention that I don’t believe in bed rest (is that obvious?) or pain killers.

We did okay. The day started off with sunny patches and good views to Mount Benson on the first ridge – touches of snow on top:

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And then, on the way back, came across this fabulous colony of mushrooms. This fall has been a particularly rich one for fungi but this log really caught my eye.P1000274 P1000277 P1000279


Once home, I could hardly get out of the car. But I managed. And I had a nap – and a hot bath. Am now sitting on the edge of my chair and standing up periodically so that my back doesn’t seize up. I know that it will be fine soon. I just have to keep moving. Oh – and the peeing thing? Yes, I needed to go. I held it. It seemed the lesser of two pains.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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2 Responses to Hiking with pain

  1. Pat Durose says:

    Beautiful mushrooms! Hope your back is better soon!

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