Hi – and welcome to Matthews Back
In July 2015 I hurt my back – a disc bulge in my lower back. Ouch. And Matthews Back was born.
This disc bulge never really recovered… but like a stereotypical male I “sucked it up” and kept on keeping on.
I had recently changed jobs from something horrible to something much more enjoyable, so I was disappointed that my lower back injury – received at work while being the enthusiastic new guy – was impacting my ability to perform properly in my new role. Disappointingly there was a mis-match between my brain age and my body age….
A few visits to the physio helped, but did not cure my disc bulge as such.
At about this time my father-in-law was getting very sick and we lost him in late November 2015. So all in all 2015 was not a great time for me or my family.
An MRI confirmed a lower back disc protrusion.
Again, I sucked it up as best I could – briefly.
In late March 2016, half way through the day my boss actually sent me home. She effectively told me not to come back until I had some significant improvement with my back.
So, I went home and went down for the count. Being horizontal on the floor provided small relief, but at that stage I’d take any relief I could get. I was off work for a few weeks.
Doctors, Specialists, Physiotherapists, Rehabilitation sessions, Hydrotherapy, pain killer perscriptions, Swimming, intense lower back pain, etc, etc. And much time spent lying on the floor.
I even had an epidural injection into my spine – I figured that approximately half the female population in the Western World had them, so why not ? Actually, I went out of my way to make it happen, because to be honest the lower back pain was chronic and excruciating and debilitating. It turned out that I wasn’t pregnant and this cortisone epidural injection actually helped me get back to some form of vague normality.
A month or so working from home in a very part time capacity was helpful in that I could continue my exercises and attend various medical appointments. As of September 2016 I was still working part time but back in the office.
I am fortunate in that I have a wonderful wife and two amazing daughters. My wife and I had been planning an overseas holiday earlier in 2016 – we knew our oldest daughter was going to be travelling overseas, so we thought that we could take our youngest daughter somewhere overseas as well.
As much as I didn’t want to believe it, the closer the holiday date came the more obvious it was that I would not be going anywhere. Sitting in the car or at the dinner table or walking for 15 minutes was painful enough – sitting on a plane and then wandering around foreign cities was going to be impossible. Yes, this is a First World problem, but none the less, for me it was very upsetting.
Disappointingly, in September 2016 I dropped them off at the airport then came home by myself.
I never want to feel this way again.
Because I had planned for this holiday for more than 6 months, I had put in for leave at work. I didn’t cancel this leave. I took the opportunity while my wife and daughters were away to concentrate on my physical and mental return to the real world – not one clouded by pain, frustration, physical and mental limitations.
While I have been spending far too much time on the floor, I have tried my best to do some thinking about life, the universe and everything. While my wife and daughters have been away, I have been very motivated to return to my previously active and happy self.
I am pleased to say that I have turned a corner and that I and my lower back are on the mend. I am confident that I am over the worst of it.
Matthews Back is a documentation of my recovery process.
The idea of a blog called Matthews Back had been bubbling away for a month or two.
It is a documentation of my experience(s) with lower back pain and all that this entails – my “Sore Back”. I am using it as a form of self therapy.
Matthews Back is also a documentation of my “Come Back”.
Even now, looking back through some of the earlier videos I can see the difference.
I am slowly transitioning from a stiff, tired, sore, unhappy and grumpy old man back to the happy and loving father / husband / person that I was and desperately want to be again. Slowly, yes, but I’m getting there.
Matthews Back is also a documentation of my “Side Hustles”.
In this fast-paced-always-on-internet-enabled-world in which we live, I am keen to join in. While I enjoy my job, I do not really wish to rely on it for financial security. My injury has been a bit of a wake up call in this regard.
I have no desire to start the next Facebook or Amazon, but I am keen to explore some financial and business opportunities that the internet can provide. And maybe earn a few $$$ on the side. Some of the affiliate links in this website might help in this regard – you get a great deal and I may or may not get a small compensation. Either way, we both win.
Perhaps these concepts can help others who may be going through the same thing.
“If I can do it, then so can you”