Sore Seat

Jeff Brandner's art at his home. 23 Cutthroat. 223.6860

Jeff Brandner’s art at his home.
23 Cutthroat.

I am not one to run off to doctors and am even less likely to go to a Chiropractor but tomorrow I am taking my hard earned money to go and visit one.

This wasn’t really the plan I had for my first paycheck after getting back to work driving bus after having the summer off.  I had much better things in mind for that money but it seems my back and lame leg are taking precedent.

What is it about seats on vehicles?  I have driven maybe 20 different buses in the last two years and always travel with my little assortment of cushions to make the drive more comfortable.

Bus seats are not easy to adjust and often require the assistance of a mechanic.  When I was doing supply work I had my cushion options to allow for the tall guy or the short lady I was supplying for because making changes to the seat was a difficult task and I didn’t want them to have to come back to work and change it all again.

This bus is mine for the duration of the year so I am going to have to find some more permanent solution.  It is a small bus and unlike it’s bigger brothers it does not have a seat meant for sitting.  The big buses have lovely padded seats with lumbar support but the smaller ones are not made for the same sort of use.  Perhaps it was a budget issue.

Whatever the reason for the very uncomfortable seat it seems I am going to have to take the bull by the horns and find a solution.  My other option is giving up walking because my leg hurts so badly.  Not an option at all.  Workers compensation may get a call.  We’ll see.

Tomorrow I will have to fork out my $83 begrudgingly and try to help this practitioner understand that I need solutions to problem not just fixes to my back.  I can’t afford to spend my paycheck’s on chiropractic treatments.  I hope she might have some ideas about how to change my sitting position so I can survive this.

A quick thanks to all of you who were concerned about me last night.  I was in absolute agony and took something non traditional for pain.  Mistake.  It’s affect on me was not enjoyable at all except that I couldn’t feel any pain in my leg for several hours.  Thanks to my sweet partner for getting me through the rough patch by catering to my needs for a while.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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