I was doing so well. Truly, I was. Leafy greens for/with every meal, Crossfit 3x per week, I was feeling great. Then I did that fated kettlebell swing that landed me flat on my back for 6 days in agony. AGONY. Okay… let me tell you what happened. Last Friday I was doing my final on-ramp Crossfit class and during the wod I had to do kettlebell swings. So I did them, being mindful of my form, tight core, bent knees, back not arched, and bam! The sciatic pain hit me like a ton of bricks. I stopped the swings but completed the rest of the workout doing modifications because I still felt semi-able to and didn’t want to look like a slacker. About an hour later I couldn’t walk without being hunched over like a 96 year old woman with spinal degeneration, it was awful. I went home from work at noon that day because I couldn’t handle life in a vertical state, and needed to lay down. For the rest of the weekend I was unable to move without James helping me get up, walk to the bathroom, and lay back down on the floor. The pain was insane. It was an awesome weekend, you guys. I looked like this for most of the weekend.
Anyways, not to dwell on a sad story but it was truly horrific. The worst back pain I’ve ever had in my life… but then a miracle happened. I don’t typically get needles stuck in my body voluntarily but because I was absolutely in agony and I was desperate, I made an acupuncture appointment with a doctor who does Chinese medicine. She also decided to try Chinese cupping and the thought of it freaked me out but again, desperate, so I agreed.
I was at “stepping on a lego”
There is seriously something to this whole Chinese medicine thing!!! It cured me overnight. Well, not completely but I was mobile and in significantly less pain on Wednesday morning than I had been in ages, and got better each day following. I’m going to keep going once a week for the next little while until I’m sure that my sciatic issues are a distant memory, and I’ll be able to walk upright for my wedding that is in just over a month.
Now that I’m semi-mobile, James and I had a nice little weekend getaway this weekend and stayed at the hotel that I work at downtown for free. Can I get an amen for company perks? Here are a few pictures of our weekend’o’fun.
We hadn’t had a date night in about a month because last weekend I was down and out, the weekend before James was sick, and the weekend before that we were proabably just Netflixing or something. We walked down Denman Street which is one of my favourites in Vancouver and stumbled upon Kingyo on Denman St. and the food was incredible, incredibleeeee. Such a great Japanese restaurant and we were lucky to get two seats at the sushi bar (we didn’t have a reservation), he said it would be 5 hours for a regular table.
After dinner we watched the sunset over English Bay, and I was like, “Why do we never do this?!” So, expect to see lots more sunset photos on the blog this summer because this will be our new normal.
Then as we were walking back to our hotel room, we stumbled upon some random fireworks show over Coal Harbour. Everyone thought it was for the Vancouver Canucks game if we’d won, but we lost and so it was weird that we were…celebrating? Anyways, fireworks are never a bad idea if you ask me. I made James take a kissing selfie because we don’t have one with fireworks in the background, and I wanted to add it to our selfie collection.
And on Sunday, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium and saw some marine life like penguins, belugas, and the scariest octopus that I’m always intrigued by.
Well, that’s it. That’s what I’ve been up to these past couple weeks.
Do you have back pain? What helps for you?
Ever tried alternative medicine?
Did you have any fun weekend plans?