Friday, October 17, 2008

So ready now

For two and half months, I've been wearing the Clamshell Brace to protect my spinal fusion following surgery. I feel much better now, but this 4-1/2 pound hunk of plastic and metal and velcro feels rather heavy by evening. I am so ready to be free! Only, apparently, according to my doctor, Not.

Have you ever had to wear a cast? When I broke my foot, they just put me in a surgical boot. Bad enough, and crutches are the worst. And I hear that the one I wear isn't the worst Clamshell Brace you can be put into. There's one with a leg cuff!!!

Still. Friday night and I have nowhere to go but bed. I can't even sit in a movie theater in this thing. Not that I'm feeling sorry for myself, but really. As Amy Poehler would say, "Reeeaaalllly?!!!"

P.S. Mine doesn't look exactly like this -- it has some fashionable over-the-shoulder straps and a giant T-brace at my neck to anchor them. So Xena Warrior Princess, without the superpowers. So completely doesn't go with anything in my wardrobe but sweats.

P.P.S. No, there will be no poems ensuing from this.


  1. Hey Rachel,

    Thank you for your comment on mythmother. I'm glad you liked the poppies! I don't seem to have the juice for blogging anymore, not that I was ever all that consistent. I "blog" in my online classrooms now.

    I'm enjoying the art history class and next week will complete the certification training to become a dissertation mentor. Plus I have two communications classes going and will teach a "live" film class next month. Also, CSUN asked me to do a guest lecture on fundraising next week. With all that teaching, somehow I just don't feel busy enough. Go figure.

    Sorry to hear about the superpowers. It was always in the back of my mind that you had x-ray vision and I could swear I saw you hold up the end of a car while someone changed the tire once. I guess it was just my imagination!

  2. Glad to hear you're busy with so many classes! You sound busy enough to me. Yes, my superpowers are waning, but so is the back pain, so I'm really not whining anymore. Just a little.

    About that tire-changing thing: don't spread it around. I think it was a one-time superpower.

  3. No poems out of this?

    Freda Kahlo got lots out art out of her back!

  4. Oh sweetie! Maybe your superpowers just haven't manifested yet! Maybe the back brace is a secret talisman! The girls in the comics make wearing body armor look so easy...
    Seriously though, I hope you feel better soon and the doc lets you out of that brace!

  5. Jeannine -- thanks for your wellwishes. I think they ARE my superpower -- having friends who send healing energy. They do make the body armor look lightweight. This thing only weighs four pounds, but by the end of the day I could swear it's ten! Twelve days and counting.

    Glenn -- thanks for urging me to get some poetic mileage out of this. Maybe in retrospect ...