I’m glad that a few people like what I did at Central Park and East Harlem yesterday (or maybe it was the day before) because the day before I badly sprained my back while I was turning the mattress and changing the sheet on the futon and I should have just stayed in bed but instead, while looking at the clouds out the window I thought it would be a good day for infrared and so, barely able to walk, I took a cab up to the park, and ended up climbing up and down Central Park hills, making grunting sounds with each step and making my condition worse to the point where today has been a totally lost day – mostly in bed with a heating pad and taking hot showers every few hours and barely being able to get my pants on.
When I told my sister what I had done, she called me an idiot. And I had to agree with her since even in the cab going uptown, each bump caused me to groan. I had something like this about 20 years ago, but since it happens so rarely, I wasn’t really sure how bad it was or how to treat it; and at first took Tylenol which didn’t do anything; and even though I had an ice pack in the freezer, I didn’t use that either.
So those shots of Central Park cost me the big relapse, and although I have three print orders to get out, and they’ve been printed, it’s been so painful to even stand up, that I’ve gotten behind with getting them out.
To make matters worse – this morning when I was trying to make it down the stairs – picture Tim Conway doing the shuffling old man – there was a move going on and there were three guys with heavy boxes on their backs behind me – while I tried to navigate the steps. One part of me saw it as a good comedy; if it wasn’t me I would be laughing; but it hurt to laugh so don’t write anything funny in response to this.
Yes – I know a chiropracter nearby but I don’t believe in those guys. I’m going to just play it easy for a few days and my suspicion is that it will heal without seeing a chiropracter at the same speed – though having used chiropracters once betore – my experience was that it helped for a while after you saw them – but then it came back again.
I’m sure this is a weird thing to say, considering how much pain I’ve been in, and how difficult it was to bend down and clean out the cat’s box – but I do find it funny not to be able to do the simplest things. I suppose it’s because I know that in a few days it will be over; and I sometimes see my life as part of a one-reel comedy. So all I can say right now is: ouch and tag this with sprained back.
Of course if you think about it – it’s not so strange since so much comedy comes out of watching other’s painful experiences. Watch someone slip on a banana peel – ha -ha. You slip on the peel – not so funny unless you can sort of laugh at your own pain. Funniest short film: THE DENTIST with W.C. FIELDS. Similar situation, MARATHON MAN, the dentist scene, horrifying because you identify with Dustin Hoffman.