Spring Chicken or Couch Potato..?


Spry – definition: active; nimble; agile; energetic.

back-pain-imgSpry is certainly not a word you could use for me in the last couple of months! My back problems are almost over but it has been very difficult. Initially, sitting, standing or even lying down were equally painful. There was no position I could place myself in that didn’t hurt. This experience has brought home the swiftness of incapacity. Our health is paramount and something most of us take for granted until we don’t have it.

Without my wonderful daughter’s assistance, I have no idea how I would have coped. She is 17 going on 30! She only received her learner’s licence a few days prior to my back injury so gone was the option of gradually getting used to driving. We had planned for a few weeks of driving in rural areas and then onto the local roads within Sherwood Park. However, she was plunged into the deep end with rush hour traffic and highway driving. You would have thought she was a seasoned driver, taking everything in her stride.

The result of this painful condition and its consequences has brought home the importance of looking after myself. I have always cared for everyone else, forging on through illness’ and tiredness for them. I now realize it is not selfish to take time for one’s own health. At the moment I have no idea what form this new health conscious Mandy will take but it will be interesting. At least I can walk again, albeit short distances but gradually I can build it up again.

Do you keep yourself spry, if so how?

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