Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wedding, running, and I broke my lower back

We got back from Brussels last Friday. I woke up on Saturday and ran, then did a ton of errands that included picking up my wedding dress(!!!) and getting my hair colored (less !!! because I swear it's purple and I hate it... ugh). Saturday night I commented that the lower left side of my back was in some pain. I couldn't press on the area to make the pain go away, or stretch it. It got worse over the course of the night and bothered me when I tried to sleep. Sunday was even worse, so much so that I considered going to the ER. Instead, I lazed on the couch, took ibuprofen, and Nick was sweet enough to go out and get me a heating pad. By Monday it felt about 50% better. That's a great improvement except that now it's Thursday and... it's still about the same. I tried to do burpees yesterday and they made me yelp.

I am pretty sure this is just from the combination of sitting stupidly on the plane for 7 hours each way, travelling to and from Belgium in 4-inch heels, lugging an almost 50 lb. suitcase everywhere, carrying a heavy purse exclusively on my left side, and sleeping in weird beds, but of course my mind went elsewhere. I was certain I had some sort of intestinal failure, or a kidney infection, or something else awful. I asked Dr. Google and he confirmed, lower back pain in women is really bad. Since I'd been eating and drinking with wild abandon, I figured it was intestinal failure and I was going to die. But I didn't go to the ER. Because I was really comfortable on the couch and a new season of Mad Men had just come on Netflix. Priorities.

I know that 2 days of airline travel will just make this more uncomfortable, but I'll have pain killers with me and I'll tough it out. New Zealand is a developed country, and if it gets truly awful I will visit a doctor. It's difficult only being in town for 4 business days between international trips (major first world problems, I know...). Nick is going through the same thing with a little infection he has, it's not enough time to truly determine if something is getting better or worse. Rolling the dice on health.

Getting ready for this wedding trip is exciting and stressful. I'm excited about the wedding, of course, and that's actually not the most stressful part. Dress, jewelry, shoes for me. Suit, shirt, shoes and socks for Nick. Done. We show up on April 16 (Note- the wedding folks in NZ want to CHANGE THE DATE from the 16 due to crappy weather that day. on one hand, yay, it won't rain on my wedding date... on the other hand, boo, I want to get married next Tuesday...) and then we're married and there is much rejoicing. It's the other 2 weeks of traveling and packing and eating that are stressing me out. So many clothes! And peanut butter.And Clif bars. And shoes.

I am still very, very excited and so happy we get to go on this trip! Be back with pictures in 18 days!

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