Recently, I had one of those days where I barely left the couch. I'm 37 weeks pregnant and had a bad case of sciatica. Sciatica is when my precious little one gets him or herself on my nerve, my sciatic nerve. Usually this effects my right side. I joke about wanting to cut my leg off. But seriously, when I have sciatica, I want to cut my leg off. It hurts that bad.
For one day, my precious little one was on my left side. This brought on a new sort of pain. With my baby on the left side, I couldn't stand up without the most severe pain, worse than wanting-to-cut-my-leg-off pain. It took me a long time to walk just a few feet.
Two lessons came out of one excruciating day.
#1) I am thankful that our apartment is small. I got a lot of grief when I posted that our family lives in a 445 square foot apartment, and my kids have a room that is 6'x8'. But their small room is for sleep and toy/clothes storage. They play in the living room and our room, and that's the way we like it. I could watch them no matter where they played and they could still play underfoot, the way they love, and climb all over me. Living in a small place is a frugal choice for a lot of reasons. It is also a lifestyle choice, and one that I'm glad we've made.
#2) I can still be productive. I slowly gathered my carrots, peeler, grater, bowl, scale, and containers and grated ten pounds of carrots for my carrot bread. After all, it was my leg that hurt, not my arms. This will make it so that I don't have to grate carrots when I whip up my next batch, and the batch after that. If I have another day like this, I have a hand-sewing project that I am working on. There is always something to do besides reading. Productivity is crucial to people living frugally.
No need to worry about my sciatica, though. My midwife found the spots on my back that if pushed, makes the pain go away. She marked them with permanent marker for my husband, who remarks them as they fade. I can't reach the spot with enough pressure myself, but my husband can, so this is only a real problem when he's gone.