Saturday, August 13, 2005

Blogging hiatus due to pinched nerve

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Two weekends ago I had some "destruction" around my house, in preparation for some more upgrades. It so happens that this beautiful bungalow of mine, having started its life as a summer cottage in 1937, does not have a vapour barrier. The mold problem this house had, when it had aluminun siding, was caused by this lack of a vapour barrier, which allowed the hot humid air to go through the walls, find the aluminum, condense and be trapped there. Over the years, a bad case of mold was the result. When I bought this little gem in 2000, I knew I was in for serious renovation. Getting rid of the aluminum siding was the first step and it got rid of the mold, since the house was able to breath again.

What I'm doing now is strip the outer walls one at a time and putting in new insulation, vapour barrier, sheetrock, etc. Replacing the windows is done at this time too. So the living room was what I worked on this time. My kids helped with the destruction part however, somehow, during the clean-up part (ever noticed that kids disappear for clean-up?) I must have overdone something which resulted in a pinched sciatic nerve. So I've spent about 4 days flat on my back and it took the remaining of the time to very slowly and painfully get back on my feet.

To stand or sit for long periods of time is still both painful and unadvisable and so I have been unable both to cook a lot or to blog about it. I have been trying to keep up with what everybody else posts and to write some comments too, but that's the extent of what I am able to do right now.

Unfortunately I will have to miss many of the events going on. As I get better, hopefully I'll get into the swing of things again. And yes, I'm living in the house as its being renovated. Not always fun!

17 comments:

Ruth said...

Ana,
Sorry to hear about your mishap. Hope you recover quickly. I always look forward to your posts.

Nic said...

Oh no! I hope you'll be back on your feet again soon, Ana.

FoodNinja said...

Awww Sorry to hear that . I hope you are better soon.

Liz said...

Oh no Ana! You're such a brave soul taking on all those house projects, but it's going to look great. I'm sure you'll be back at it in no time.

mrs d said...

Ouch, Ana! Get well soon!

lindy said...

Hope you are starting to feel better. What bad luck. Get well soon!

Ana said...

Thank you very much to all. Unfortunately, this is a very slow process. I got to know the ceiling over my bed like the proverbial palm of my hand.

Kelli said...

Ana -- I'm so sorry!! Back pain is the worst. Take it easy and get better soon!

Nicky said...

Dear Ana,
'Hope your getting better soon! Maybe you can get some comfort in reading cookbooks... ;)

Ana said...

Thanks Kelli and Nicky for the good wishes. Actually I do enjoy reading cokbooks and then I get frustrated because I cannot stand long enough to try some of the better tasting recipes.

J said...

hi ana, that sounds painful (on every count)! hope you're feeling better; meanwhile, there's a lovely new home to look forward to...cheers,j

Nupur said...

How are you feeling now Ana? Hope you get better real soon!

Elvira said...

Coragem! Sei do que se trata: ando a restaurar a casa dos meus avós e vivo nela...

Ana said...

Thanks to all for the good wishes. I'm feeling much better and soon I hope to start posting. I have not cooked a lot but I've taken some pictures of the little I've done.

Amy said...

Oh, I hope you feel better soon. Having to lie down when I'm sick is almost worse than the feeling-bad part to me. I cannot imagine having to be mostly immobile.

Clare Eats said...

oh that's terrible
I hope you are well and back on your feet real soon!

Jennifer said...

Ana - I'm so sorry to hear about your "over doing it". Rest, relax, stay off your feet and come back to us good as new once you're ready! We miss you!