Subway Stories: My Crippling Pain

I’m probably a broken record at this point, but one of my absolute pet peeves about riding the subway are those occasions when I can’t get a seat.

And this is really making me sound old and cranky, but when I was younger (in my 20s, that is), if I had to stand up the whole way to or from work, well … I wasn’t thrilled about it, but I did it, and it wasn’t so bad. But now that… gulp … I’ve got 40 in my sights, my back just can’t take it. I hurt my back five years ago, and it’s never bI’m probably a broken record at this point, but one of my absolute pet peeves about riding the subway are those occasions when I can’t get a seat.

And this is really making me sound old and cranky, but when I was younger (in my 20s, that is), if I had to stand up the whole way to or from work, well … I wasn’t thrilled about it, but I did it, and it wasn’t so bad. But now that… gulp … I’ve got 40 in my sights, my back just can’t take it. I hurt my back five years ago, and it’s never bounced all the way back (no pun intended).

Typically, this hasn’t been a problem. I’ve only had to stand the entire way–either way–maybe four or five times total over the past several years. And yet, now that my morning schedule has changed, it happened twice this week alone. Not good.

After standing for 40 minutes, my back is in agony. It’s bad. And it really ruins my morning, not to mention whatever damage my back is incurring. Now, I’m sure I’ll work out my morning schedule again so that I can get back to getting a seat every day, but I’ve had two really rough mornings this week, and it ain’t no kind of fun.

The worst part is when I’m thinking, [i]does that old lady really need to sit? Is her pain any worse than mine[/i]? And then I slap myself really hard (in my mind, that is). Hey … at least I don’t act on those thoughts. But when my back starts barking like that, logic and good grace start becoming more and more elusive.

It’s just a matter of time until I get my schedule figured out, but until then, every morning is a roll of the dice between reasonable comfort and intense pain.

Riding the subway used to be much less complicated…

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2009/04/08 20:42

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