Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Life After Blogging...


In February of 2000, my son and I were two miles from home, on a city street, when a girl with no drivers license blasted out of a side street and clipped the rear of my Jimmy, causing it to skid on it's side 75 feet and roll over 3 times. I can still hear the Bam, Bam, Bam which is why I know it was 3 times.

. My son and I came out of it without a scratch


After the wreck I was sore all over for days.
In the past 3 weeks, my body has been sore all over, my hip and back has hurt so much I had to give up my walking for exercise. My hip and lower back have osteoarthritis and sitting or standing for extended periods causes much pain.

I have been on the fence about my decision to limit my time on the computer for many months. Because I love blogging so much, I have let it take over my life and have spent to many hours on commenting.

UPDATE DUE TO COMMENTS... The soreness now has nothing to do with the wreck. I was using it to compare the pain.


I took a few days off and this morning I woke up pain free.

 I want to say that I love all of you and I love your comments and I love commenting, but my body will no longer allow me to sit for hours typing away.

I will continue to post and comment, but I will be limiting my time on the computer drastically, which means I will no longer be commenting on every post every day of my followers.
I will continue to view in my reader and will not miss any of your wonderful photos, but will not be able to comment on each and every one.
I hope that none of you will have your feelings hurt because I would if I could comment all day long. that is how much I love blogging.



43 comments:

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Totally understand. Just glad you are safe. It's hard to be in an accident. Mom stands out when working on a computer. Due to her hip, its hard for her to sit for a long time. It seems silly but it's hard for her to watch tv too. Take Care. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Gail said...

The important thing is to be pain free and if that's what it takes then so be it.

we will still be here.

Rebecca said...

THe important thing is to take care of you! Will look forward to the posts you are able to make.

Cranberry Morning said...

I totally understand this, Sandra. My back and hip can't take it either. I tried to rig up a way to stand and work on the computer, but that didn't last long. We always love hearing from you but will understand when you can't post or comment.♥ I hope you feel better soon, and I know that involves ignoring the computer.

GOOSE said...

No feelings will be hurt here. You MUST take care of yourself. I am glad you are going to do that.
Blessings,
Goose

Rose said...

Oh, I understand this...do what you have to do.

Sounds like that was a lucky escape with that wreck!

Linda said...

Health comes first and I am sure we all understand. There really IS life after blogging!! Some have more time than others - life is ever changing. Glad you are feeling better! That is wonderful!!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

HOORAY FOR YOUR WISE DECISION!!!!!!!

-clapping hands- -dancing a jig-

You KNOW what is necessary. You are going to DO, that which you KNOW is necessary. For your Health and your Quality of Life.

I am so damn PROUD of you, my Friend!

So, so, so, so, so proud.

And now, if I see your comment in my blog, more than ONCE a week, I shall come over and holler at you!!!
And you know you don't want "Auntie" hollering at you!!!!! -gigggles-

Many gentle pats-on-the-back, for implementing Wisdom...

And lots of gentle hugs,
"Auntie"

Muffy's Marks said...

Love your comments, but will love more that you are in less pain. I don't always have time to comment on every blog I read, I think bloggers understand!!! So glad you found the cause of your pain. Too bad it wasn't caused by doing too much laundry!!!!

Pam ;) said...

Bless your heart, Sandra. I'm so sorry the 2000 roll-over accident is causing you so much arthritis pain.

Taking care of yourself is most important- but I understand how much you enjoy blogging.

I resent not being able to do what I want, when I want too.

From the Kitchen said...

Sandra: So sorry to hear this. Take good care of yourself and we'll "see" you when we "see" you!!

Best,
Bonnie

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Mad Snapper we truly understand. Mom has to get up and move around a lot too. We know you will be with us in spirit. Lots of hugs
Madi and Mom

Betsy Adams said...

Bless your heart, Sandra.. But---we all do need balance in our lives... Blogging --and Facebook for me--- is addictive and I love it too. BUT--I just cannot keep up with all of my blog friends and their blogs. That's the only reason I switched to 3 days a week --and take time off when things are going on in our lives... I still don't get to other blogs these days more than 3 days a week. I try to get to everyone at least once (some people post too many times for me to comment) every few days... It's truly just the best I can do...

I do notice that there are some people who don't come to my blog unless I comment on theirs... Oh Well--I just do the best I can.

Good Luck---and get yourself feeling better. Glad you and your son didn't get hurt in that wreck... Wooooo.

Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

and you should also not feel the need to respond to commenters. you don't need to answer us unless we ask a question. that'll save a little time. just know we visited, appreciated your post, and that's all we need.

A Quiet Corner said...

Sandra, I've always limited my time...sitting is NOT good for you or anybody when it's for too long a time!! Glad to hear, you're thinking about you...:)JP

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You need to do what is best for you. I hope that pain will settle down and allow you to get out there and take more pictures.

Miss Debbie said...

I am so glad you figured out what was causing your pain. I will miss you but you feeling better is so much more important! Take care...I will be praying for you.

Kathy said...

I often wondered how you had time to do anything else with the amount of time you spent on blogging and commenting. I think you need a well-deserved rest and it's always good to do everything in moderation. I have quit contributing to memes which have dozens of participants because I just don't have time to comment on every single one. I'll miss your daily comments but know you're doing what your body needs!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I understand very well. That's why I usually post only 3-4 times a week and take frequent breaks. It is just too much to keep up with all the commenting, especially when you're a little older and slower like I am! :) I appreciate every single comment and email that I get, but don't want anyone to ever feel obligated to do it. ONLY if they want to! I love blogging and reading blogs and enjoy all the photos so much. I don't want to ever quit entirely, that is why I don't burn myself out by blogging every day and take those breaks.
Take care of yourself and we'll see you whenever you feel up to posting/commenting!

crafty cat corner said...

I fully understand what you mean, I spend far too much time sitting in front of the computer. What is it that draws you in and will not let you go?
I will still visit every time I see a post and will not expect a reply, lots of people don't reply to every comment and I would rather that than lose you altogether.
Hugs
Briony
x

Chatty Crone said...

I know you have been thinking of it for a long time - and I respect your decision. I will miss you, but I REALLY do understand. Maybe you can do what Betsy and I do - three times a week. And then again - just have fun and feel better.
Love, sandie

DawnTreader said...

As much as I love comment-chatting with you, I totally understand. Better to cut down a bit and find a level that works, rather than one day have to just stop! I read more blogs than I comment on myself... I often read some on Google reader on my phone in the mornings but I don't get back to them all to comment.

Ginny said...

This post is JUST RIGHT! And very sad to read, but hey, at least you are alright. I LOVE the black fence pic, then what a nice surprise to see the real thing! The pictures are horrific, it is amazing that anyone escaped alive. You were both wearing seat belts? I guess no airbags if it was in the side and so long ago. My question is what did the law do to her, and was she hurt? Two block away is just plain scary, makes it really true that most accidents take place within five miles from home.

Ginny said...

You are getting scads of comments today! So the word is getting out quickly and everyone is understanding, probably more than a few have a milder version of your problem themselves.

Deb said...

your health is more important than comments...we know you love us..

barbara l. hale said...

I so understand! And I am very glad that you made it through that accident okay. Cars are so much better these days. It's a really good thing! But one hopes never to have to deal with that. Hope your arthritis bothers you less. It is a real pain!

Ann said...

As much fun as blogging is it's just not worth putting yourself in pain over. We do what we can and that's all there is.
I'm glad to hear you woke up pain free today.
That must have been one scary accident flipping over like that

Maple Lane said...

I totally understand and respect that this is a difficult decision. I hope you will begin to feel better soon. You are and will always be a treasured friend.

LC said...

Taking care of body, mind and spirit is first priority. As Patti says in her post about improvement in her similar painful condition, one-size solution does not fit all. But in case you haven;t seen her post, here is the link: http://thenewsixty.blogspot.com/2012/10/ye-ole-back-and-hip-pain.html

You are in my prayers!

Jackie said...

Awwwww....I will miss you very much. But please know I completely understand.

I am the girl who deleted a PR5 ranked blog because I was so addicted.

I am so so sorry to hear about your pain. I will keep you in my prayers.

Everyone here is right. You should take all the time in the world to help yourself first.

I still have your link on my blog and I know how to contact you.

You just take care and know you are loved and cared for by a lot of wonderful people!!

We won't go anywhere!

Angela said...

You have got to take care of YOU! And not worry about us! We will still be here when you do blog. I do pray that you will feel better!

SweetMarie said...

I'm just so glad you're feeling better.:) I think you should go with how you feel. If you need a schedule then make one or just go with how you feel at the moment.:) Actually, that is what I do and I hope no one gets upset with me. We all love you and want what is Best for You...

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the reverse color fence!
Good for you, our health and well being always come first. That accident looks like a bad one. I'm glad you and your son walked away unharmed.

It seems that the streets are not the only dangerous places these day. I just saw a news story about a man who was drinking and driving one of the motorized carts at Walmart. He got cited by the cops for a DUI.

BlueShell said...

Oh dear, of course we do understand, and no one is going to "have their feelings hurt", don't even think such a thing.
You have many friends here that just want you to feel good...no pain at all...and we are happy to read you, and to visit you, even if you do not comment other blogs. Don't you worry about that dear! Take good care of you, please. That is what really matters.

We all love you so much
BShelll (Isabel)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I'm glad that taking time away from the computer has made you pain free- that is a good thing!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, you know we all en joy your blog posts and comments (truly we do) BUT health trumps the computer any day so take good care of yourself and visit whenever you can...we will probably all still be around!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sandra, I totally understand. I am glad to hear that you can be pain free when you move away from sitting here all day. I have backed away a little bit but know I have to stay away more. Blogging was perfect for me, it changed my life. My Asthma/COPD was at its worst 4 years ago. Blogging gave me pleasure, it was a whole new world. As the years have moved forward and I am now on medication that has given me a new lease on life I realize I have to go live my life. More importantly take care of my house which has been neglected because I couldn't do.
Like many things in life, they come into our lives for a season and a reason. ((HUGS))

Dee said...

Those who love your blog and cherish your friendship will understand. Blog as feel like it. Hugs...from Dee

Val said...

I'm behind again....so sorry you having so much pain. Hope that you can find the right balance so you can continue to enjoy what you love. No worries about commenting...we know you're out there!! Take care.

Catherine said...

A person must always put their health first. That's all we have!
xo Catherine

Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks for stopping by and hope my post helps you some. It has helped me an amazing amount. I think you are doing all the right things. Wish I had access to a pool. Water is wonderful therapy.I will do a follow up post on the same subject on Monday.
I do believe we can make it better and shouldn't settle. Keep up the good fight.

Betty Manousos said...

you do need to take good care of yourself.

so sorry you were having pain.
hope you feel well by now.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

I totally understand. It is for health reasons that I have also cut way back. I wish you well and while commenting may take time and you have to cut back, do not stop creating some of those talented shots that are so fascinating. I know you love doing that.
Would you believe if I blog I often lie in bed with the laptop screen close to my face and script set to large?
Sitting hunched over at a desk is too hard on my back.