As a mother you take some things for granted. The occasional horrendous stain on your shirt from Lord knows what. The pile of dishes that can reach the ceiling. Leaving laundry in a basket for over a week. But I never anticipated throwing my back out.
The first time I did it I knew why. Picked up the baby at a bad angle and strained my back. It was the second time that threw me for a loop.
I am walking into my local video store with Andrea on my hip. I enter the store and sneeze...
I feel a snap in my lower back and pain shoots through my spinal cord. I put Andrea down and lower myself to my hands and knees. I manage to get into as sitting position as my children run amok among the aisles. I pull myself together and hobble out of the store, despite very serious considerations of having the staff call an ambulance.
I barely made it home, and had to take some pretty serious meds to get back to normal.