From Home Pain to Back Pain

For all of you who have been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happened with my leak, they were able to fix it without breaking the floor. The poor guy was under the crawl space in like 90 degree weather fixing it. So for now all is good on the home front.

I did hurt my lower back in yoga a couple of weeks ago and instead of taking it easy I pushed it enough to be in real pain on Sunday. I had a moment of panic when I was getting up from a chair and my whole lower back tensed up. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to move on my own and my mind was racing with how I’d reach the phone to call someone. But I hobbled my way up somehow and have managed through the pain. I’m doing a lot better, but still feel some pain and have to remind myself not to push it. It’s hard to resist picking up my niece and nephew…

What’s amazing is how much you don’t realize that you actually use your back for simple things like walking. Everything is interconnected. Part of it is also realizing when you should be using the strength in other areas of your body instead of relying on your back. I guess it’s helped me be more conscious of my body movements. I’m just hoping that it’s not one of those slight pains that stays with you forever. I sprained my ankle in college and every once in awhile it still bothers me, which seems crazy for having just tripped going down the stairs. So I’m hoping that my back pain doesn’t keep cropping up.

Pitfalls of Homeownership

While homeownership is a huge accomplishment and there’s this utter glee when you sign those legal documents making it yours, there are the definite pitfalls that come along with it. When I bought my house someone told me that I’ll have probably have buyer’s remorse for the first year as I fix the place up and find more things that need fixing than what I had originally anticipated.

That was definitely true those first few months as just “wanting to redo the kitchen and master bath” led to a much heftier and costlier to do list. But once I moved in, it was all worth it. I really do love my house.

The things is that once you’re past those initial move-in fixes, other repairs pop up. One day it’s the water heater needs replacing. Another day the AC is leaking. All of those have been pretty manageable.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been dealing with a leak in my plumbing that’s been difficult to identify. After numerous opinions and sonar equipment, there are 2 plumbers under my house as I type this post. And this is only Plan A to see if they are able to fix it this way without breaking any floors or walls. Fingers crossed Plan A works.

My house has its original terrazzo floors from the 50’s, so it’s basically irreplaceable. Breaking the floor means replacing it with something subpar. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll have to deal with different floor in my bedroom (where apparently the leak is) if that’s what it comes to.

While I listen to the drilling or whatever that is, I’m hoping it’s a manageable, solvable problem that won’t drag on much longer. There’s the cost for something like this which is obviously a strain and there’s the stress of what’s felt like a mystery diagnosis on my house’s pipes.

Here’s hoping that mystery is solved and fixed in the near future.