Saturday, 9 June 2012


Not allowed for now.
Mind you, the weather is awful anyway!
Now, when you read the title of this post, you might be forgiven if you think I am going to talk about spitting. It's not the case though. Spit is just the Dutch word used for the back problem also known as lumbago. Which I have. If it's not the head, it's the back. Next year the feet if this keeps up!

Anyway, lumbago. When I first started feeling these severe pains in my lower back last Saturday, I of course was immediately thinking of severe problems like a hernia or even cancer, but after looking it up on the internet, I think it's far more likely I have lumbago than either of the other two. Which is good. Well, as good as it gets in the case of back pain that is.

As I had looked it all up, I had found some nice to do's and not to do's with lumbago. Don't lie down all day long: it will only stiffen your back and prolong the problem. Do move around, either walking, cycling or swimming. Don't do any heavy lifting. Don't sit in the same position all day. And that last one is of course the 'top' one! Because as a busdriver, I tend to sit in the same position all day. Every day. Especially since I had to go to Germany this week for two days. Long stretches of Autobahn ahead of me and no way to change position. Fortunately I have some good pain killers and a coach kitted out with a good chair. So, I was relatively pain free while bouncing all the way to Aschaffenburg (near Frankfurt).

Perhaps I should change the name of my blog to Painful Matters!


  1. Some seats are more comfortable than others, and it seems like your work seat is one of those -- thankfully.

  2. The most comfortable seat in our house is (for me) my computer chair. How lucky is that?
    I hope you get a doctor to confirm your looked-up diagnosis. And be careful with pain pills and your stomach. Ask the doctor what damage they can do, if any, to your digestive system.
    I can well imagine hotel desk clerk in Alberta would have been healthier for you than driving a bus in Europe. Sigh.

  3. Well we do have more issues as we grow older. Sorry about your back.


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