Fine, Sorta


Maia, slurping her bottle down.

All the babies are doing well. I decided to name Nutmeg’s white one Bunny, by the way. I keep thinking she looks like a rabbit.

In other news, I’ve been quiet here because I’m limiting my computer time. I’ve always had a touchy sciatic nerve. It used to bother me a lot when I lived at Stringtown Rising. I often over-did there. I’ve been really well-behaved at Sassafras Farm. Things are well set up and I don’t let myself lift too much–or need to. I got a little carried away with sap buckets…… So I had to back off and put myself on a little bed rest. And go back to behaving. In other words, I don’t feel so good right now, which is interfering with syrup-making, dating, and sitting at the computer to write posts. (NOT a happy camper here!) I’ll be back when I feel better.


  1. Linda Goble says:

    I am right there with you. I been suffering with it since last May when I fell. I tried acupuncture and been going to physical therapy, I also had a injection done. I think the therapy helps but when I do house cleaning an all the bending over it gets very aggravated again. Maybe that’s what is going on with you. You aggravate it doing the chores. I was given lots of exercise stretches to do and they been doing Ultrasound on me. I am having foot surgery tomorrow so we are hoping with me not house cleaning for 2 months things will heal. Mine is right at the top of the hamstring and the pelvic bone meet and also where the sciatica nerve starts. Mine is such a killer to sit and ride in a car. Good luck with your Suzanne.

  2. MrsB says:

    I know this sounds crazy, but once you get that nerve under control (no pain) get then to a Pilates class – or get some good videos. Yoga along with Pilates is icing on that cake.

    Once you get the “core” strong – that sciatic never will no longer bother you.

    I know, I was where you are now. Strong belly, strong back. Really.

  3. shirley T says:

    :hug: I feel your pain.I have the same thing. Get plenty of rest, if you can. Hope you feel better soon.HUGS!!! :hug:

  4. bbkrehmeyer says:

    its not really the sciatic nerve. Its yout L4-L5 vertebrae.
    Just had 1200 bucks of xrays to determine that. a good chiro will do wonders… I feel your pain’

  5. BrownsFan says:

    Feel better soon Suzanne! I think its this long, cold, gray winter we’ave been having, but I’m feeling it too! Here’s to warm spring breezes and baby goats!

  6. marylhall330 says:

    Being a massage therapist I highly recommend getting one and then when you feel better, start with the Pilates…a strong front equals a strong back… :sheepjump:

  7. Johannaswolf says:

    My mother (79 years old) has had sciatica for most of her adult life. I know how much it sucks. Two weeks ago she fell off her 16 hand horse. Sciatica is completely gone. (her doctor does not recommend this as therapy to anyone else)Take care and get well. We will all be here when you are ready to sit in that chair again :sun:

  8. Granma2girls says:

    Sorry to hear of your physical troubles. its no fun getting older! A lot of sitting can aggravate it as well. We took a 4 hr.trip for vacation. When I left home I was fine. By the time I got to the hotel my sciatic nerve was just jumping and I struggled with pain everyday on vacation. When I got home I went online and a lot of people talked about yoga stretches for that. I had been doing yoga but had gotten away from it. After several weeks of doing yoga stretches,the sciatica was gone. It was mostly working through the pain, doing leg lifts while sitting. But not sitting too long, 15,20 min. at a time. And keeping my affected leg straight while sleeping. Don’t know if this will help you but it really helped me.

  9. lesliedgray says:

    Sorry to hear. Hope you feel better soon!

  10. joykenn says:

    Yep, I’ll join the chorus of fellow sufferers. Chiro does work as does rest, warm/cold compresses, anti-inflammatories and stretches. In fact the best thing my Chiro did for me was show me how to properly stretch and do the exercises that isolated the particular places that needed work.

    I’m feeling better now than I have in years. Just sayin’

  11. brookdale says:

    Get well soon, Suzanne! Take it easy! We miss you!
    Cute pic of Maia. Love the name “Bunny”, too. Have you named the others yet?

  12. SpinnersEndFarm says:

    My sciatica went away after the Chiro aligned my spine…l4-l5 scrunched up and pinching a nerveindeed! It stays away with yoga, stretching and core strengthening which you have already heard above…..Be well Suzanne.

  13. MousE says:

    Oh no…. I was wondering where you were! This is not good news, I had hoped you were off having fun! Take care and I hope you feel better soon….

  14. rhubarbrose says:

    Take care and get better soon! I too love the name Bunny for your white baby. Maia is the sweetest little thing!

  15. Jen says:

    I’ve been through that & totally understand. The hardest part is laying in bed when there’s so many fun things to be up & doing. Take care.

  16. spatdi says:

    Hope you feel better soon! We’ll all still be here, take your time!

  17. holstein woman says:

    Well, I too thought you must be out playing with him. Now I am sorry for the thought. Please get well and BE BLESSED. My prayers are with you.
    Father I pray in Jesus name that you confine the pain in Suzanne’s nerves and release healing angels over her. Bless her with health and a strong back. Amen

  18. AspenFlower says:

    Suzanne, the important thing for you to do is to just take care of yourself. I hope you feel better soon. Take care!

  19. Rainn says:

    Take care of yourself Suzanne!!!! :sheep:
    Be well. 🙂
    Fondly, Rain

  20. Bonnie S. says:

    Mine is troubling me, too. Here’s what to do. Lie on the floor. On the side that is bothering you, bend your knee and pull the knee up towards your face as far as you can. Hold for 60 seconds. Now, in the same position, shift the knee/leg that you are holding slightly over to the other side of your body and hold for 60 seconds, pulling slightly. This opens up the space and should provide pain relief. My doctor/hubby always does this with me.

    There is an additional “pull” sitting in a chair. Let’s pretend that your pain is on the left side. Sit in a straight chair and cross the left leg over the knee of the other leg. Left ankle is touching just above right knee. Now, take your hands and push down on the left knee and hold about 30 seconds. This opens up the sciatic space and provides relief.

    These two exercises help me along with taking some naproxen (over the counter) for a few days. I am always good as new fairly quickly. I do the exercises several times each day (about 3).

    Hope it helps. Bonnie

  21. whaledancer says:

    Ouch! Sciatica can be amazingly painful. My DH thought I was being kind of wimp about it, until he got it once; he said it was more painful than kidney stones. Take care of yourself and let it heal; don’t push it. You have my sympathy.

    I’ve used the first stretch that Bonnie described and found brought some temporary relief. And when that sciatic nerve plays up, any relief is welcome!

  22. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    I’m sorry you’re under the weather now. I think its time for some tea and sympathy, or coffee, or wine, or something and sympathy. A little TLC for YOU will go a long way. Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

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