Richard Wright

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Spasms

April 22, 2013 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

NaproxenThese are either a reasonably effective painkiller, or a remarkably potent sleeping drug. I’m not certain which. Every time I take one, I fall asleep. I don’t think I’m in pain while I’m asleep, but it’s difficult to tell. Because I’m asleep.

Either way, these are my favourite things in the whole world now. I would kill kittens to get to these. Even your kittens. Yes. Even yours.

My back has not improved. It’s done that other thing. Got worse.

Yesterday, it started to spasm. Odd little word, but as it turns out a tremendously painful one. It’s very annoying, when your body doesn’t do what it’s told. I keep telling the muscles all across my back “please don’t spasm wildly and unpredictably”, but they’re ignoring me. There’s a tiny rebellion happening all along my spine. I feel like the Darth Vader of muscular control. I know I should be able to subjugate the bastards, but against all odds they keep finding new ways to strike back*.

I’m signed off dayjobbery for a week, to be reviewed. I wouldn’t mind, if I could get anything done at home. If you see me on Facebook more than usual, it’s because there’s very little else I can do.

All very irritating. Well, it is for me anyway. And so I’m irritating you with it too.

Currently reading (novel): The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Currently reading (anthology): Chiral Mad, edited by Michael Bailey

Currently reading (anthology): The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stores, edited by Anne and Jeff Vandermeer

Currently reading (non-fiction): The Anatomy Murders by Lisa Rosner

*you see what I did there? Total accident. Really.

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  1. stuart@obversebooks.co.ukApril 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I was off work for 8 weeks last year with my back. Mixing Tramadol, Parcetemol and Ibuprofen with occasional Prozac and other codeine based tablets was all that kept me from quietly shooting myself at times.

    • Richard WrightApril 23, 2013 at 1:31 amAuthor

      My sympathies – not sure I’m at that level yet, but well on the way. Quietly shooting myself is not an option. Doing it noisily, with multiple tweets, FB posts, and pictures throughout is more my style.

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