I was working hard - plastering, sanding and painting. I started at 6pm, and finished just after midnight for 3 days in a row, working flat out, no breaks. This was the last big push to get that room finished.
|I got marginally more plaster on the walls than I got on my shoes|
Then it really hit me, painkillers were having no effect, no position was comfortable and I eventually passed out from the incredible pain. (I was sitting in bed, at 3am, so it could have been worse) I saw a doctor and was given a cocktail of strong painkillers - which knocked me out, and I slept for practically 3 days.
It was somewhat embarrassing to tell them that I had been plastering and painting until past midnight, after a full day with a lively toddler, and home-school.
I'm now undergoing a course of physiotherapy (I'm still on the painkillers) and all from pushing myself too far for just a few days. I have been diagnosed with a trapped nerve in my neck, and probably ligament damage in my right elbow.
I've only just started typing again, more than a month after I injured myself.
So a note to all those other
- It's not a crime to take a break.
- It's not weak to stop when you feel pain.
- It's not ditzy to change to an easier job when you feel stiff and sore.
- It's not clever to dose yourself up on painkillers and caffeine to mask either pain or fatigue.
5. You are not invincible !
PS. The room is not finished.