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HAPPY DAY! February 9, 2013

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Blog, Life, Singapore.
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In Singapore, it’s not necessary to own a car nor drive myself around because:-

1. Singapore is really small,

2. Public transport is available EVERYWHERE,

3. Cars, vehicle and road taxes and road entry charges are bloody expensive.

But, we have a car at home. As time goes by, I do feel handicapped not being able to drive. If I could, I would have been a lot more helpful for emergencies and other situations.

So, after many years of procrastination, I decided to learn driving and get a driver’s license. It took me more than 1.5 years and 2 tests to finally do so (including 4 months break between lessons because of busy work and 4 months wait for a 2nd test)

And now, I am very proud to announce that I have finally passed my driving test on 8 February 2013 and I can now drive legally on the roads of Singapore!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!

It’s gonna be a good good year! 🙂

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wan Shi Ru Yi!

Home with a sprained back September 8, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Blog, Life.

So, I’m stuck at home for the whole week because I sprained my back.

This was what happened.

I had been trying to get back to my gym routine after being sick for a month and being lazy for another month. So, last Monday was the 4th time I went back to the gym after a hiatus of 2 months and boy, I am out of shape. As usual, I would do my warm up and cardio on the treadmill. I was brisk walking for 20 minutes before I turned up the speed for a run. After only after 3 minutes or so, I felt pain on my left lower back. So I stopped and continued to walk instead. Then I proceeded to the incumbent bike for another 20 minutes of cycling. After cardio, I did abs and back exercises on the stability ball, some arm weights and some stretching.

After 24 hours or so, I felt the aches from the abs and back workout, but that was normal. On Wednesday, the aches were still pretty intense so I thought I would instead workout at home with my yoga dvds instead. So I did. I felt OK still. Then on Thursday morning, my lower back started feeling strained. I couldn’t stand up straight. The whole day I walked with a hunch of sort. Then on Friday morning, my phone alarm rang for me to get up to go to work. I couldn’t turn my body in bed to reach my phone. I panicked. I realised that my back was hurting a lot. So I took a day off from work and saw the doctor. Doc gave me painkillers & muscle relaxers. It kinda worked. So on Saturday, it didn’t hurt so bad anymore and I went out with my folks to Universal Studios Singapore in the evening.  No rides, just photos and stuff.

On Sunday morning, I woke up pretty okay, but my body felt stiff. I couldn’t stand up straight again. So I took the meds from the doctor. Seems OK for a while.

On Monday morning, I woke up feeling fine and went to work. So, I have to walk for about 10 minutes from the train station to my office. I usually walk fast because I do not like to walk slow. So I walked my usual speed … but half way through the walk, I felt the strain my back again. I had to slow down and walk a lot slower to my office. The whole day at work, I couldn’t stand up straight and I needed to hold on a desk or arms of my chair to ease myself to stand up or sit down.

I decided to visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor for acupuncture treatment. I had this same type of sprain a few years ago. I injured my back a few times when lifting heavy equipment at work. The acupuncture treatment was regular, just like my previous treatments. But this time, there were no massages as the Tuina sinsei was not around. The acupunture sinsei advised me to get an xray to see if there’s anything wrong with my bones. When I got home after the treatment, the pain on my back felt worse.  I was walking like hunchback of Notre Dame.  It was SOOOOOOOOO PAINFUL. I felt so helpless. So I took meds and went to sleep really early. I woke up at 4am because I had to go to the loo. And getting up from my bed was agonising. Lowering myself back into bed was equally painful. The pain was largely on my right hip. I decided to switch the direction I sleep so I would get up on my right instead of my left. It felt better after that. But still, I couldn’t bend or walk standing straight. I was limping around.

Then I went to see the doctor for meds and xray. Getting into the car was tough! I dropped my ID on the floor during registration and had to ask a guy sitting next to me to help me pick it up because I couldn’t bend. lol. Doc gave me 2 types of painkillers she said were pretty potent. Getting onto the xray bed was painful. The radiologist had to help me lie down. lol. And she let me grab onto her shoulder to help lift me up. I felt like I was an old lady at 90. The doc said I need a MRI to see if I have a slipped disc or torn cartilage. But that’s gonna cost me like $800.  😦 So she said she’ll monitor my condition. If the xray shows no problem with the bones and I am still facing problems after medication and physiotherapy, she would then recommend that I get a MRI to be sure. I think I will be able to claim the cost of the MRI scan from my insurance policy.

Doc also gave me the rest of the week off work. So, it’s now Wednesday. I must say the painkillers work. I can stand up and sit down without holding on to something today. I can’t stand up straight still but hopefully by tomorrow, it will be a lot better.

So this is me, signing off from home, with my sad sprained back.