Personl story of physical problems from being a “DO IT YOURSELFER”

Judy EllenStarred Page By Judy Ellen, 25th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is my personal account of some of the home improvement and farm projects I did that resulted in injuries to my back, ribs and upper arm.

Caring for our horses

I had not gone to a doctor for these particular problems until Friday the 23rd and some of them started over 15 years ago.

You see when I lived in the country due to the fact that we had horses I found myself doing some very difficult manual labor type of chores. I did everything that needed to be done from hauling heavy bank gravel for the horse stalls and the entire barn to installing T Posts for the corral.

I even chopped down quite a few small trees with the axe so that the horses would not step on them in the corral or on the trails.

Making the horse corral

We had to make a horse corral using T posts and electrical wiring for the horses. Since my husband had just gone through carpel tunnel surgery he could not help much. I had to use a very heavy T post tubular type of hammer that the T post fit into. Then using the two handles on each side I pounded the T posts into the ground.

After pounding several of those T post into the ground I noticed a sharp pain in my rib cage. Since we had no medical insurance I just ignored the pain and eventually it went away. However, I noticed a lump on my rib cage which I now believe to be a rupture and just recently it started hurting again.

Since then I also had to use the T post hammer to fence in my backyard when I had a dog.

I have an injury to my right upper arm from other types of manual labor on the farm and I also have hip pain stemming from the factory job I had in 2008. Prior to that, I never had any type of hip pain. My doctor believes that my hip pain could be stemming from a back injury.

Prior to living on the farm I was never one to pass up getting things done that needed to get done no matter how physically challenging the job happened to be.

Taking down an entire chimney causing injury to upper arm

In fact I once took down an entire chimney using a sledge hammer while on the roof because it needed to get done before my husband could finish the kitchen renovations. I have always felt that if I can help I will when it comes to home improvement projects!

When I was young I was not afraid to get up on the roof but today I won’t do it unless someone is holding the ladder.

In the above picture my husband is trying to figure out where the leak in the roof is coming from.

At any rate I am going to be getting 4 different sets of x-rays tomorrow and I feel so blessed that I finally can have all these problems looked into thanks to my age and our low income.

Great doctor and nurse

I feel very blessed that I have a very kind and caring doctor! I feel very comfortable around her and she is never judgmental. In fact she brought out the sense of humor in me because as I was telling her all those CRAZY THINGS I did I couldn’t help but think that she must think I was silly to tackle so many physically taxing jobs all by myself.

It is hard for most people to understand a “do it yourselfer” like me anyway!

In the doctor’s office I went from wanting to cry due to the questionnaire about depression that brought back thoughts of missing my children to laughing at how silly I must sound to others for tackling all those home improvement and farm projects. In fact there were many other projects that I have not included in this article!

When the doctor asked me how long it had been since I had this or that done her nurse brought out the humor in me because she could tell by my FACIAL EXPRESSIONS that it had been a long time, if at all, since I had my medical issues addressed.

I am so thankful that finally due to my age and social status I am able to get my medical issues dealt with. It seems that the middle class is struggling more than us poor folks because poor senior citizens get everything paid for in the US; whereas, the middle class is still struggling to pay health insurance premiums.

If you are a “do it yourselfer” like me, be careful not to overdo it like I have always done or you will pay for it later on in life! Those injuries never seem to really go away completely!

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Back Pain, Do It Yourself, Farmers And Ranchers, Hip Pain, Injuries, Medical Issues, Repetitive Strain

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author avatar Judy Ellen
I love writing poetry, songs articles on Christianity, health, anything pertaining to families! I love writing reviews on my favorite TV programs such as Discovery, Animal planet and Dr. Phil.

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Jan 2015 (#)

I really enjoyed your article and feel like I am getting to know you much better

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author avatar Judy Ellen
31st Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol for all your kindness and encouragement! Yes, I have many silly things that I have tried to do in the past and I guess that is what makes me who I am today!! Love you!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your highs and lows with us here Judy .
I truly pray for a full recovery for your back and your heartache very soon .
God bless you
love Stella ><

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author avatar Judy Ellen
31st Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Stella for your words of encouragement! I know that things will get better and no more home improvement jobs for me! Hence forth I will stick to writing songs and articles! God Bless!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Jan 2015 (#)

Judy, this is a wonderful article. I truly hope that you start feeling better soon. Smiles to you this morning.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Jan 2015 (#)

That is the truth of it, doing physical things is good but can also be hard on your body. I know I have aches in my feet from working outside in the cold. My wife has a sore back from doing hard work too.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
31st Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Mark for moderating this article and for the star! Who would have thought that my crazy life would bring a star! God bless!

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author avatar Jenny Heart
28th Jan 2015 (#)

I had things happen to me from over working. Once I ended up missing 6 months of work due to a bad fall. Life can change in the blink of an eye. I pray for your life to be one of less pain.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2015 (#)

Happy to read your one of a kind post again,Judy. I hope you are much better now and good that you are going to take it easy on these jobs that are hard on our body as we are not getting younger. But sometimes we have little choice left other than give it a try! Your humor shines through as always - siva

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