[LMB] Orycon

Patricia A. Swan zafaran at sff.net
Sat, 08 Nov 2003 00:02:11 -0500

At 04:14 PM 11/7/2003 -0500, Paula Lieberman wrote:
>That goes
>doubly for backrubs and such.... and one never knows when the other 
>had a backache or sore rib or some such and getting touched in the 
>place is physically painful...

Thank you for saying this, Paula.  I've been out of work disabled and 
house-bound now for 18 months, and the initial triggering event was a 
night at work when everyone and her sister walked by my desk, said hi, 
and *slapped me on my back*.  Only, the place they were slapping has 
been broken twice.  It took six months of no work and neutral 
positioning of my back to finally break the spasm/deformation cycle.  I 
still cannot stand or walk for more than a couple of minutes without 
severe, escalating pain and spasms triggering (GaFilk just happened to 
be during a good spell so things weren't quite that bad, and I got a 
chance to socialize for a change).  Being slapped on the back is also 
the reason I was forced to quit attending church in sheer self-defense, 
and those were people who knew my back was actively and 
relatively-freshly broken.  Needless to say, I get *very* paranoid 
about having anyone behind me now.

Pat in North Carolina

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