My Superhero Team

teamHaving happen what is often referred to as “throwing out my back” has been all too frequent in the past 30 some years.  It is debilitating at the least and annoying as all get out.   It is even more annoying when it happens half an hour before my planned Christmas shopping trip in a large Hamilton mall.

Yes it has been acting up for a while.  I suppose it started early in the fall when the seat on the bus I drive was not working well for me and I did some damage to my leg.  As one thing always leads to another the limp leads to poor posture and less activity and that leads to more injury.  Vacuuming on Saturday didn’t help.  It is the worst angle for anyone’s back.

So today it all fell apart in a flash when I had a coughing attack while drinking tea with my friend.  Suddenly I could barely move.  Walking to the car was a huge effort and the pain was enough to make me cry.

But my own team of supper heroes jumped into action and now as I sit with the hot bean bag on my back, writing this, I am very grateful for them all.

First is the “Bee Man” (aka Brian Awde).  He’s been my hero for about 13  years now.  Usually it is because he can fix anything in and around a house without even blinking an eye.  Today it was because he bit the bullet and drove my standard vehicle home from Hamilton without grinding the gears once.  He’s not used to driving a standard and it isn’t an easy thing to relearn an old skill under pressure but he did it.  To add to his hero status he made supper.  He does make a mean hamburg.

Another newer super hero was my Chiropractor, Dr. Caroline Gros in Simcoe.  She managed to find a place for me in her busy schedule on short notice and after a few “ouches” she got me on the road to recovery.  She hopes we have gotten it before it affects disks and has given me a strict regimen of hot and cold packs on the back, mixed with lots of water and frequent movement.

Last but not least is my favourite pharmacist, Mike Marini, of the Dover Apothecary in Port Dover.  I trust Mike with my life, quite literally.  He has helped me through much over the years and always has time and patience to explain and guide me through some very difficult medication issues.  Today he was there again and helped me figure out how to survive the pain without spending 10 hours in the emergency department.  He also knows I have to drive for a living so wanted to be sure I knew how to take the over the counter medication he suggested.

That Christmas shopping might get done after all but not tomorrow and I’m afraid it isn’t likely to happen in the city.  If I can’t find it close to home it won’t be in a package.


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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