Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 3-17-24

Meet Buddy – of the Diane, Squeak, Buddy fame!

Margaret isn’t going to be in church

this morning and it’s confirmation Sunday so it’s all me – ugh.

I’ve been to the chiropractor 4 times in the past 8 days for a lower back issue – not my usual complaint but equally as painful. I can’t sit but can lay down and walk. The pain also climbs my spine to the base of my head and neck – leaving me with a headache and stiff neck. My chiropractor says it’s actually a pelvic problem which affects my tailbone – aha!!

So…on my way home yesterday I stopped to meet Hank. As I got there Michele had him outside and as I opened the door Keeper jumped out and I quickly grabbed his collar. I was protecting the puppy but Keeper would have been fine with Hank. What was I thinking? He pulled me down to the concrete driveway landing on my right side – my partially torn right rotator cuff, ongoing right hip bursitis and right elbow was where I landed – hard! Had my phone in my hand to take pictures and I am thankful it didn’t break when it landed on the cement.

So this morning I am very sore – pain patches cover my hip and shoulder. Ugh. So inconvenient!! My recliner takes the pressure off my tailbone so that’s where I’ll be this afternoon.

Rick can hardly walk at all so I really hate to complain about my unfortunate fall – mine will get better but his won’t so I will carry on.

The blog about nothing continues.

85 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 3-17-24

  1. Diane Deibler

    Oh,Mary. I thought Rick’s problem was fixed! Getting older isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. I hope you recover quickly.

  2. Marcia

    My mom used to say -“Gettin’ old is not for sissies”. She was a farm wife and knew the meaning of work. I have to ‘pace’ myself to get physical things done. Feel bad for your back issues. Make use of your recliner if that gives you relief.

  3. Diane in Colorado

    Oh my. I’m so sorry you had a fall yesterday and are sore today—on top of the other aches and pains! Have you ever looked into Functional Medicine for your back/hip pain? I had never heard of it until 5-6 years ago. My back/hip pain had gotten so bad and chiropractic just was not helping despite 3 adjustments a week. I was referred to a Functional Medicine doctor and was pain free in 2-3 weeks. It was amazing and has held ever since. I still go in occasionally—maybe not even once a year—just to keep tuned up.

    Your church is so fortunate to have you—a dedicated and talented musician and accompanist. Our choir is looking for someone again as theirs moved, I think. I have often wished I would have had piano lessons—or violin! Being musical is such a gift!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I will need to look up functional medicine – I have no idea what you’re referring to.

      1. Diane Deibler

        Mary, I go to Connie Arispie at the Garner medical clinic. She is a functional doctor. I have gone to her forever but she has just gotten into functional medicine the last 15 years or so. Don’t know if she is taking new patients but she might refer you to someone else who does.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – I used to see Dr. Arispe but decided to support Iowa Specialty when they came to town. I have checked her site previously but she is not accepting new patients.

          1. Diane Deibler

            She might know someone in Clear Lake. I know she does some seminars occasionally. I would call the clinic and leave a message for her
            She might know someone else. I think she works MWF.

  4. Brenda in Georgia

    Oh, bless you so much. I have been there with back problems, so I can understand your pain to some extent. I pray for you and Rick. I wish I could help you. Recovery can be long and slow, but physical therapy really helped me a lot. The best thing for the back was to learn the stretches that loosen up the pelvic area and the hips. I hope for you to recover soon. We care so much about you.

  5. Diane in Maryland

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry this happened to you!! It’s a bit late but do you have any kind of cushion you could sit on when playing the piano? (You will do a wonderful job!). When I was a teen I fell and broke the last two digits of my spine bone. A doctor told me to always sit on a cushion. It does help. It was natural for you to grab Keeper. We just react and forget that he was excited to meet the puppy too. It’s an unbelievable pain that affects your whole body and mind. Hope it passes quickly. Prayers for you and Rick. Hugs!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I am in full view of the congregation and this morning the church will be packed for confirmation. I don’t care how much it hurts – I’m not sitting on a cushion at the piano – haha! Sorry!

      1. Diane in Maryland

        I do understand that! Lol. I wouldn’t want to be the center of attention and have all those questions later either.

      2. Judy

        Mary, you do what you have to do. I have been sitting on a cushion each Sunday for several years. At some point I decided that I wasn’t tall enough at the piano. Did I shrink in height? Maybe. Our organist moved so I tried sitting on the organ bench. That was good for playing the keyboard, but not for reading the music, There were some chair cushions in the back. I tried a couple of them and one of the church ladies said I’ll make a cover for them. Also, the piano is leveled with boards on one end because of our sloped sanctuary floor. During VBS one summer when I was wearing flat sandals, that same lady noticed that I was putting one foot on the other to use the pedal. Judy, would a board help? She finished a 2 x 6 piece of lumber. I now use it every Sunday because wearing heels is a thing of the past. I hate to hear that you fell and are sore. I hope you made it through the service ok. I think it was a Tanya that commented that you were too excited about the Iowa girls. I don’t think that was the cause of all. I don’t blame my fall for Purdue men’s win in overtime against Northwestern. Leaving Mackey Arena that night I thought I was on the bottom step, so I missed the last step. Fell forward. My chest hit the floor and my upper back was immediately in pain. Once they got me up it wasn’t too bad until I moved my arms. The next day scans showed two broken spineous processes at the base of my neck and I was in a neck brace. The following morning my husband asked will you be able to play the piano Sunday? I am going to try this morning was my response. When I reached for something the muscles in my back let me know that I shouldn’t be doing that. But playing hymns means that I’m working in front of me so I was able to play. I will say that by the time of the sermon after four hymns my shoulders felt like I had been playing for a couple of hours. X-ray this week shows that things continue to be stable with the break. In six more weeks I have another xray and should get the neck brace off. Sorry for the long story. Hope that the service went well for you this morning and rest this afternoon has helped.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Judy! You got hurt after leaving that game? Oh, my gosh!! I’ve had a neck brace before and they’re very awkward and clumsy feeling even though the neck feels better. I did fine at church this morning and after an afternoon in my recliner I’m really feeling better!! I never considered something could be broken. Hmmmm

  6. Cindy Smith

    Oh I am so sorry. Hope you feel better soon. I have friends that have some relief from pain by taking CBD tablets but I love a good epsom salt bath.

  7. Tanya T. In Houston

    Sending wishes for a quick recovery! We all know that you were really too enthused doing your happy dance at that Iowa basketball win!! Congrats to your team!!

  8. Sara in Indiana

    Hoping you can find relief while you recover, and that you recover as quickly as possible!

  9. Gail in Ohio

    I am SO sorry you are hurting!!! I certainly hope you can endure the service and can then spend the day in the recliner for some relief!

  10. Brenda in N Calif

    On Mary, that is awfui. A fall at our age is not the same as when we were younger. We no longer can just walk it off. Your very fortunate not to have broken anything, and I don’t mean your phone.
    Good luck at church today. Hope your not in to much pain by the end of it. We will pray for you and Rick to get relief. Do look into the functional medicine. It has helped my niece a great deal.

  11. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Ohh, Mary, so sorry about your fall! Yikes 😳! Prayers for your speedy healing. I hope someone will come over and help do the chores and care for you! Hugs!🤗

  12. Connie R. in Wis.

    Sorry to hear you’re suffering today. Isn’t it crazy that the first thing we’re worried about is not breaking the phone. And, the embarrassment of falling. I’m sure your church service will be long today so, praying the pain and soreness eases.
    Take it easy and get comfy in your recliner.

  13. Carolyn Boutilier

    So sorry you fell. Wish I was there to help you with your chores. A fall at our age is serious. Take care of yourself. Cloudy day 55 degrees. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  14. Kris in Naperville

    So sorry to hear about your fall… please take it easy and enjoy all the games….

  15. Pat Smith

    How miserable. Yes, I’ve had this too, but probably not as bad as yours. So aggravating to be in pain all the time. I went on line and found a series of exercises that can be done in 9 minutes that I thought were great because within a week, the pain had lessoned considerably. Put in Google, “Lower back pain relief in 9 minutes.” Up comes a physical therapist to demonstrate about 5 exercises done while laying on the floor. I was skeptical, but the lower back and hip pain were gone in a week and so far, have stayed away. I hope something helps because that kind of pain affects everything you do every day. I’m thinking of you…

  16. Kim from Wi

    Oh no, a fall is never easy and the recovery is slower the older we get. I’m glad you didnt break anything (bones). I bet the dogs got along splendidly. I hope you can make it through the music today at church, with or without a cushion. The congregation is so lucky to have you play. My mom did for many years and she really missed it when we moved to another state. Enjoy the games today. I plan to do some organizing in my quilting space today. Its bitterly cold here in Wisconsin and windy.

  17. Rita in Iowa

    Mary so sorry you had a hard fall. It takes our bodies so long to recover. Exercises for the hips will help you feel better. I know not what you want to hear. In January when I saw the knee specialist for a year check up I had them take an x-ray of my left knee as I would get a catch in it every once in a while. Bone on bone on that one too. Scheduled to do surgery in Sept as I didn’t want to tie up my summer. Too much outside work to do.
    Take care and Happy Saint Patty day to everyone! The Lick of the Irish!☘️

  18. Judy Gnade

    I’m so sorry this happened to you. Maybe church will have to sing acapella today!

  19. Teresa in Indiana

    Oh Mary! I’m so sorry. I wish there was something we all could do to make you feel better. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Jan Hebert

    You are funny, to not want to sit on a cushion during the service! But I guess I get it. I’m so sorry that your back is hurting and now the fall. Life changes in the blink of an eye, so grateful that you didn’t break any bones. Take care – rest if you can – we’re all praying for you! Jan in MA

  21. Jan Hebert

    Oh! I meant to say how handsome Buddy is! Thanks for sharing his picture Diane! Jan in MA

  22. Beryl in Owatonna

    So sorry about your fall on top of the back issues…probably go to the chiropractor again tomorrow? Hope there are games for you to watch today!! I am praying.
    BE CAREFUL Don’t need anything to be broken.

  23. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

    Oh, Mary, that had to be so painful and of course, at our ages, it doesn’t just get better overnight. OUCH!
    I don’t know what functional medicine is either, but it sounds promising. I truly get it about aging not being for sissies. My father in law always said that, too, but you’re no sissy, it just creeps up on us. I hope the minister and his kids can help you out with chores. Please DO ask for help!
    Thanks for posting Buddy and for you comment, Jan H. He is a good looking SWEET boy. Happy St. Pat’s.
    It’s going to be 50* today and only 38* tomorrow. UGH.

  24. Jo in Wyoming

    Oh! Mary. Falls are never easy to recover from. I do hope you get better very soon.
    Not being able to sit is the absolute worst. Now this. Sending huge hugs.
    Hank is adorable.
    We have blue skies today. Beautiful, blue.
    Happy St. Patrick day to all

  25. Arrowhead Gramma

    Mary, my prayers are with you and Rick. As my husband used to say, getting old is not for sissies and I now agree. Take care. ❤️🙏🙏❤️

  26. Lorraine

    Mary-so sorry about your fall. Hoping and praying you heal and get better as time goes on. Hope you recover and can get back to your pain free life soon.

    1. Lisa B

      I’m praying sitting for playing at church wasn’t too painful for you and for speedy healing. I’ve been having some hip issues that make walking painful. Maybe I should see my chiropractor. I keep praying it will go away. Such a bothered interruption in my day to go.

  27. Frances E

    I’m so sorry about your back! I’m wishing a speedy recovery for you! What a sweet picture of Buddy, and Gank is just too cute. Adorable.

  28. Dianne in So CA

    Happy St Patrick’s Day Mary! 🍀 So sorry you took a fall on top of your back pain. Try to take it easy and give yourself time to recover.

  29. Rhoda Ebersole

    So sorry and you sure didn’t need that fall at all. How are you able to play for church if sitting hurts.
    You are my fourth friend this weekend to have major body challenges.
    Take care
    And is Rick’s walking a permanent situation or a temporary one?

  30. Sharon G.

    Mary – Take care. I’m so sorry you fell. I had back issues and suffered for months and months. The archaic “shots” didn’t help and hurt more than ever. The only thing that helped before surgery was heat and lying down. Complete rest. My GP didn’t believe me for months but finally agreed to the MRI. Occasionally he’d toss in a minimal RX for pain meds. Big deal! I was miserable! Finally the GP’s ARNP recommended a neurosurgeon. He fixed it! It was a slipped disk and pinched nerve in my lower back. GP kept saying it was my posture and sciatica. He did the same with my hip. I have a dead bone and torn labrum. Eventually I’ll have to have hip surgery. Thank goodness the GP won’t be in the surgical theater when that happens!! 😂

    It’s been sunny and warm (72 yesterday). Today will be 68 and sunny. Ahh, the Pacific Northwest is beautiful when the sun ☀️ shines!

    Loved the photos of Hank. Sweet little puppy!

    I bought a house last weekend. I’m moving forward.
    I have lived in my house 36+ years. I can’t live here without my husband. It’s too big to maintain alone. The new house is one level. It has a lawn and garden area so I’m happy!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – you bought a house!!! Congratulations – how exciting except for the cleaning out of the big one first. No, the shots aren’t working but I will rest this injury for a few days and I’ll be fine.

      1. Janet S

        Sharon G, It looks like after you move, you will have to look for a new doctor.

    2. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

      Time for a new GP!! How awful! We as women get dismissed all too often by the medical profession. I have chronic illnesses and pain and it took me a LONG time to find a good Dr that actually listened and cared!

    3. patti

      congrats to you, sharon. that’s a tough move to make after losing a spouse. i just wanted to send a ‘you go, girl.’ patti in florida

  31. Brendalynne

    sorry you aaare dealing with this. My husband is dealing with re injuries from 1 1/2 years ago from another totally unnecessary fall also. His was from HAVING to insert himself into a delivery that was paid for and he threw all of his 200# 6’2″ into a wall and laundry sink. So you can feel better about your circumstances though not your pain

  32. Jill Klop

    Mary – so sorry that you are in so much pain! Prayers for some relief for you!

  33. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Buddy’s “wearing of the green” is adorable. He is a beauty.
    So sorry you are in pain, Mary. How will you manage sitting on the piano bench? Do you have a sub?
    Take Care, 🥰

    1. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy

      Thanks Jeanie. He is a lovely boy. He found us. We think someone moved away and just left him. He is very appreciative of his home😺😺

  34. NancyTD

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Sorry about your fall. Be sure to ask for help with all your chores while you recover. Buddy and Hank are so cute.😊

  35. Henners

    Mary so sorry for you fall & other pain. As others have said, being older we don’t bounce back as easily. I didn’t realize Rick was not doing well.
    I too fell (my own fault) thought I was one step up going upstairs but was two steps up, stepped back what I thought was one step but it was two, fell backwards landing hard on tailbone & hit head on floor. My head is fine, no bump but tailbone is sore. Third time I’ve had an injury to my tailbone. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow & if I don’t take ibuprofen it lets me know it’s there & hurts
    Do take care & I hope you find comfort 🙏

  36. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

    Oh Mary!! I’m so sorry to hear about your fall!! Sounds like something I would do. I fell face first into the rocks and dirt up by my chicken coop last summer; I was facing downhill so I had a really hard time getting back up! I sure hope you feel better soon – and Rick as well.

  37. Sandy D'Angelo

    Pain is no fun for either of you. Hope you are feeling better soon. That puppy is so adorable. I would love a hug from him. Dogs are out for me now because I adore basset hounds and with my back I can no longer handle them. I now have only a cat but I miss my old bassets. As I got old I fostered only the oldest because I did not want to cause a dog to have to be alone if I could not keep up with their care. My last one needed medicated baths frequently and I could not lift her into the tub so she is now happy with a new foster family. She was given to me as a hospice case and after a year she went last fall to her second foster. With her dementia she is still going strong. I miss her.

  38. Jan Smith

    Mary, I am so sorry for the physical pain that you are enduring. Hopefully, the pelvic problem will be treated, and bring relief. I’ve endured back pain, and migraines off and on for years, but nothing like the symptoms you’ve described. Please take care of yourself, relax, and watch basketball!

  39. Sherri Huff

    Ouch!!!! So sorry about your tumble out of the car and hurting body. Aging is not for sissy’s! I know because my knees hurt, lower back is always hurting, and the list goes on! Just grateful that I can still walk!

  40. Connie in NV

    Well your blog is certainly not about nothing today! You had quite a fall, but you are fortunate that you did not break any bones. When you return from church to your recliner I suggest you have some Guinness Ice Teas to relax you and help with the pain. After all it is St Patrick’s day and you need to heed Irish traditions.😁

  41. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, so very sorry about the mishap! Sending many hugs.
    I watched the Zion church service and you played like nothing had happened! I loved seeing the young confirmation students.
    They had studied their lessons!
    Diane, I love the picture of Buddy is priceless!
    Mary, hope you have had some relaxing time in the recliner this afternoon! Take care from Sunny Seattle!🌞☘️🌞

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – did you watch it live? I tried to watch it online tonight and there was no mic on the piano so I played one of my favorite pieces and can’t even go back and listen to it. Ugh. Great sound system, huh? So frustrating. But, thank you.

  42. Kris in WI

    Oh, no, Mary! I’m so sorry about your fall; all the while trying to do what was best for Hank. I hope playing for church services wasn’t too hard on your shoulder, elbow, hip, tailbone. What am I thinking??? Of course it was. Your recliner and maybe an ‘iced tea’ with some basketball is certainly in order. Prayers for healing going out to you.

    Diane, Buddy is so handsome in his sparkly green bowtie. I’m glad he has a loving home with you and Squeak. Give him a hug from me. Kris

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – church went well actually. I sat very straight in the pew and didn’t cross my legs and I don’t have far to walk from the piano bench to the pew. It will be better tomorrow.

  43. Sandi

    I’m so sorry you fell and got hurt.I hope you’ll be better soon. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hugs,

  44. Sherry

    So very sorry Mary. I’m sure all is painful. Sit and take care.

  45. Launa

    Mary, Rest when you can! Sorry to hear about it!
    Noticed the winner in golf today had the black tape on painful neck n shoulder!
    My husband’s doctor renewed his pain medication for his T2 cracked
    vertebrae, but Insurance won’t refill it til the 24th! Frustrating! Thankful we have Tylenol 8 hour tablets! Work good for my arthritis!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – oh, that insurance timing is terrible to deal with, isn’t it?

  46. Donna Jo

    Buddy is a beautiful cat! Hope you and Rick are better soon. It stinks getting old!

  47. Kathy in western NY

    Buddy got into the Irish spirit. He cracks me up. My vet always said a cat finds you so he found a good home with the law firm Diane, Squeak and Buddy from Ohio!
    Gosh Mary falls take a long time to heal from so be good to yourself and take it day by day. Believe me I know when I fell on my knee in September and next day surgery had to be delayed for something else I was to go in for. I can just now bend it okay. I say it all takes time for our old bones to heal. At least you know your reflexes are intact catching Keeper that fast out of the car.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I hadn’t thought about catching Keeper but I guess I did and I should have just let him go to see Hank. He would not have hurt him – he would have loved him!

  48. Linda from Georgia

    So sorry to hear that you fell! It’s no fun having aches and pains and then falling and just adding to the pain!
    Just relax ( ok as much as you can) and watch all of the basketball games. I plan on doing some handwork and watching. Unfortunately my teams won’t be participating this year but I will still enjoy watching. Working on a quilt for QOV. Just finished a quilt that the blocks were cut out at least 5 years ago. Put a farm scene on the back. Made to go with my redware collection. Take care of yourself!

  49. Judy

    My husband started putting a church newsletter together during Covid and continues it today. Each week there is a section titled “Amusings.” One from this week is appropriate for your situation, Mary, and mine.
    “I really don’t mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly.”
    Freeze warning for north central Indiana tonight. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures.

  50. Sheila

    Mary, I was so sorry to hear you had a bad fall. There is nothing worse then aching bones and joints. I swear by Bio-Freeze. Please take care of yourself. Right now the recliner is your best friend.
    Buddy certainly has the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Our Mittens just showed up on our porch 11 years ago. He had been neutered and we always wondered if someone moved away and couldn’t take him so they left him on our street. He has been the best cat and has helped us through some rough times. Death of our chocolate lab Rupert and the passing of both parents. Our pets do heal the soul.
    Mary get some rest and praying your visit to the chiropractor tomorrow will bring you some relief.
    Sheila in MA

  51. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    We had a Jewish missionary at our church this evening and he presented the symbols about Passover, and we joined in doing what they do. It was not a full meal, but very interesting to be a part of.
    So sorry about the fall. Try to mend as quickly as possible without hurting yourself more. Like many have said, we don’t recover as quickly as we used to. Prayers for you from me.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – I attended a Passover meal a few years ago – I’ll never forget that awful food!

  52. Susan K in Texas

    Love the Buddy picture. He sure is handsome.
    Take care of yourself after that fall. I hope you find some relief from the pain.

  53. patti

    mary, i’m sorry for your fall. i can feel your pain. it is not easy at all. take care of yourself as much as possible. the opiod situation has been so bad in florida that it is ridiculous trying to get pain meds for legitimate pain. my doc gives me 12 tramadol and it’s supposed to take care of the pain. i had the ‘kill the nerves’ procedure on the 7th and i swear the pain is worse. they say it should be better by 6 weeks. i truly hope you feel better soon. i will be looking into functional medicine and that 9 minute pain relief thing. thanks for those suggstions. patti in florida

  54. Sally J. Mi.

    Mary so sorry to hear that you took a fall but glad you did not break any bones. Rest and take your pain meds! Keeping you in my prayers.
    Buddy is so handsome in his green bowtie!! Back to winter like weather in Michigan this week. Ugh!

  55. Beverly in O-H-I-O

    Hope you’re feeling better Mary. It was nice to finally meet Buddy, such a handsome “Irish” kitty! A beauty really. My cat Baxter found us also and had brought such joy to our home.

  56. Joyce from NY

    So sorry you took a fall, it’s hard to recover from that as we get older!
    I am just recovering from Hyatial Hernia Surgery, even though it was done laparoscopically it’s kicked me in the butt. I’m glad the weather is snowy & cold for now, I would want to be out if it was warm!
    Try to take it easy Mary, take care of yourself!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joyce – oh my!yes, you’d better stay put and rest so when it does get warm you’ll be able to enjoy it! Tell me about getting older.

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