My overstuffed days and my aching back | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, December 12, 2008

My overstuffed days and my aching back

It's been pretty crazy around here lately. Between kids and rehearsals and performances and kids and photo shoots and photo editing and finals and dishes and kids and all the other stuff, I kind of lost my mind.

And my back, it seems.

You see, I always carry stress in my upper back and shoulders. It's been a major issue since high school. It gets to the point where it is so bad that it feels as if knives are shooting down my back and I cry a lot. And if you know me, I am not a baby about pain--I am generally pretty stalwart--but this can get unbearable. Things like sitting at a computer editing photos, sitting on the piano bench playing, standing in rehearsals holding heavy music and hunching over to wrap Christmas gifts really exacerbate the problem. Also stress. You can probably guess that it started getting particularly painful the day Joel was laid off from the University.

Two days ago I woke up in extreme agony. I had Joel try to rub it out a little, which usually helps, but I wasn't getting any relief. Ibuprofin wasn't touching it and I knew the only thing I could do was get a massage, but I didn't really know how I could afford that right now. So, I suffered.

Then, I got a phone call from my husband. He said he had some money left in his Christmas budget for gifts for me so he was giving me an early present. He had set up an appointment for a massage, and it was just a couple hours away. He apologized that he wouldn't be buying me any books this year, but felt that I really had to have the massage.

I started crying. Mostly tears of gratitude this time, only mixed a little with tears of pain.

I went and got my massage. The guy was a gem...he worked on me for an hour and a half even though I was only paying for an hour. He gave me some special numbing cream to take home for no charge. He could tell what horrible pain I was dealing with and took pity on my poor soul (and back). He told me all kinds of stretches I should be doing, and taught me how to most effectively rub out the pain myself. I will definitely be going back to him sometime soon.

I am still hurting, but it's mostly the sore kind of pain today. That part of my back received a good workout!

Most of the stressors are easing up, anyway. Two performances down, two to go. I finally finished grading my finals. I finished wrapping gifts. I even finished editing all the photoshoots.

Want to see?

Family of Eight (This is my best girlfriend from High School/College and her family.)

Their kids

Holt

Holt kids 1

Holt kids 2

Ellsworth (mini session)

I'm happy to say that after this coming weekend, life will be bliss. I plan on sipping hot cocoa (okay, so I can't...maybe some herbal tea) by the fire while I read a good book and have a yummy Christmas candle burning.

Which reminds me...go enter the candle giveaway if you haven't yet!

31 comments :

  1. What a thoughtful and well deserved gift! Hope you get to enjoy a nice relaxing weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Cute pictures. I love the pictures of the Holt family. I can't believe how old Ryker is getting. I hope you are feeling better or at least a little, I know how it feels and back pain is definitely awful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Fun pictures. I'm glad you could get a massage. I hope you start to feel better soon!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love your photos!Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Next time if you are in a pinch and can't afford the massage--have Joel rub you out with a baseball. IT REALLY WORKS!! It gets down into those pesky knots and breaks them up.

    I wish I lived closer to you!! The pictures are GORGEOUS!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Okay, I'm going to need to know the name of your massage therapist.

    I'm glad you are doing a little better. Hanging out with friends helps too, right?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sounds wonderful! I carry my stress in my shoulders too. . . Makes my neck hurt just thinking about how much pain you were in!

    I love your pictures!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I often get the same sort of pain in my neck and shoulders. My husband "tries" to rub my shoulders, but he hates doing it. Once my shoulders hurt so bad I got acupuncture (in Korea). It worked pretty well!

    Do you grind your teeth at night? that's most of the reason why I have shoulder and neck pain. I get stressed which causes me to grind my teeth in my sleep.

    ReplyDelete
  9. That was so sweet of your hubby to give that gift to your early. Very thoughtful. I'm glad you are doing better.

    Great job on the pictures. The one of the little girl with her mouths scrunched to the side. I love it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your amazing! Your photography is such an inspiration for me!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, Lara, incredible photos!!! You'll need another massage asap!
    Love you!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I LOVE the photos!! They're gorgeous. I'm so sorry your back is hurting. I hope you're able to get another massage soon.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh--and just out of curiosity--was the masseuse's name Tom?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sorry about the back pain. My pain always manifests itself in the lower back and siatic nerve...so I walk like a crooked woman most of the time. I send you the gift of my heading pad....I would be lost with out it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. You husband rocks. The end.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Who did get the massage from? I have the same problem carrying all my stress and tension in my upper back and neck. Mine is exacerbated by an old accident injury that permanently ruined a few of the vertebrae in that part of my back and neck, so I pretty much live with constant pain in that area (daily exercise is helping).

    I love your photography and we are definitely going to have you do some for us after the holidays. What is a mini session?

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ooh. That sounds miserable. What a great hubby you have.

    ReplyDelete
  18. wow! YOu are so darn talented and in so many ways! Enjoy your cozy moment!

    ReplyDelete
  19. The photos look great! I can't believe how much Carrie's kids have changed. Wow-time flies.

    I'm so sorry about your back. Glad the massuess (or massage therapist as I guess they are called) was able to help you out.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm so glad you've been able to get some relief for your back and shoulders—I have similar problems, except the pain always spreads upward until a migraine happens. Massages are wonderful, and Joel is great to think of you like that!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh, Lara, I completely understand! I carry all my stress in my shoulders, and I woke up a few weeks ago, just in pain. My husband actually gives pretty good shoulder massages.

    ReplyDelete
  22. That's an awesome gift. Chris gave me a gift certificate one Christmas for massages once. I loved it! Time to go get another one!

    ReplyDelete
  23. oh man, I am sorry you are in pain. So glad you got a massage. I really think they should be part of a weekly health routine. :)

    feel better and good luck.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Lara, your pics get better every time you shoot. What a great eye you have. So multitalented!

    So sorry about your back, and the stress behind it. How sweet of Joel with the massage.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love the shot where the adults are standing back looking at the kids! that is an awesome shot!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Oh, your aching back!! I'm sorry. I hope it continues to feel better. I really want to take that massage guy home with me. Wait. That didn't sound good....

    ReplyDelete
  27. wow I can't believe all the activites and projects you have going on in your life, and you are doing them in spite of your pain! I am in Awe of you! You are my Hero! And you have to understand that, according to my husband, who has some sort of ache and pain every day, and I am pretty unsympathetic toward's pain. Except when my kids are really hurt, of course.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Agh!!! Somehow I missed the post about the Jazz band! I hope everything works out. I definitely have a testimony of Heavenly Father taking care of us. Our budget NEVER works out on paper, but somehow (sometimes in very strange ways), everything is taken care of. This doesn't mean we get everything we want of course, but we have more than we need. We have felt so very blessed and watched over, especially since we were expecting the girls.

    Love you and your blog, Lara!

    ReplyDelete
  29. It's rare to find someone who hates yoga as much as me, but I really think it might help your situation.
    Really
    If I don't do it at least twice a week as of late, I really notice it.
    And I still hate it while I'm doing it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. When your in town, my chiropracter is running an amazing special if you need a massage! I feel for you-I was down with a bad food the week before Christmas last year.

    It literally made me slow down since I couldn't walk.

    I hope you get feeling better!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am glad your back is feeling better. I really don't know how you do all that you do. No wonder you were so sore. I too carry my stress on my shoulders and kneck. Thank goodness I have my very own massage therapist in my house. He works wonders on me. I'm glad you found someone down there that can help when you need it. The pictures are fantastic!

    ReplyDelete