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Crappy weak
I'm male and Australian, therefore lazy and apathetic. However, sometimes I like to be a good parent. Sometimes I like to be a good partner. And sometimes I realise that I need to take care of myself so I can do these things. Last night I achieved none of these aims.

Realising that I'd only get irratable if I stayed up, and knowing that I'd have to get up early in the morning, I went to bed at 9pm. Thanks to a misbehaving back and sore kids, sleep stayed away until much later. I lost control when Jesara wouldn't put something away like she was asked, and I wasn't in the right frame of mind to help Theresa with anything; she's probably glad I didn't try.

This is about the midway point in a crappy week (with a weak back, hence the Subject).

+ Wednesday: Getting home late, only to discover the front wheel of my bike had been stolen. Then damaging my back somehow and not being able to sleep for most of the night.

+ Thursday: The training course was okay, but I didn't enjoy the back pain, or having to leave early to get a flight.

+ Friday: A full day of workshops I could have well done without, taking time away from another project. By the end of the day, I was so physically exhausted that I couldn't focus on the debate and was shaking in my seat.

+ Saturday: A flight way too early. Still too exhausted to focus. Office too hot to work in. Realising that my body is visibly out of alignment: my lopsided torso slumps to one side, hence the continuing back pain. The only highlight of the week so far: getting home and going out to see the very funny Shoestring Showcase.

+ Still to come: Lots of project work, leaving little time to get my back fixed. I think I need a chiropractor, but I don't see when I'll have the time for it. Other members of the project team have been very helpful, but the rest is up to me, so there are some long days ahead.

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Go and see a Physiotherapist!.... Chirporactors are Quacks!... :)

They certainly can be, from what I hear. Particularly when it comes to prescribing kids a lot of ongoing treatment when they don't really need it.

In my case, I'm going to give this chiropractor a go, because:

- A doctor made the recommendation, reducing the feeling that it's a case of chiropractic versus "real medicine".

- I get the impression (from the doctor - I'm yet to see the chiro), that he's likely to launch into treatment quickly and just give me the sessions I need to straighten up a bit. What worries me are the full-on clinics that talk about how chiropractic is essential for well-being, so they do half a dozen tests for the initial consultation, followed by an endless series of visits.

I'll report back on how it goes. I'm thinking that a visit to a physiotherapist is in order once my spine is a little straighter. It's seriously curved now, so I get the feeling that physio would be like trying to drive in nails with a rubber hammer.

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