Today’s retirement adventure I could really do without. I threw my back out of place yesterday after we finished shooting part of the Movie. I was changing in the bathroom and stepped into my pants and there it went. Kerplunk! I made it home all right but in the night I got up to use the restroom and it went kerplunk again and I fell into the sink. I have a lovely black eye. I certainly hope it is better before Sunday when we finish shooting the movie.
The movie shoot went well. We worked from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Long day for me and it just got worse and worse.
We started at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. They loaned us the facility for the morning. I got into my hospital gown and crawled up onto the gurney. It was hard as a brick and the back started its move into discomfort. We did quite a few run throughs and then started the camera and sound. I moaned and groaned and I was complimented on how miserable I acted. (Little did they know?)
We broke down the equipment and went to lunch at Jimmy Johns. I know I swore I would never eat there and I never will again. Cold sandwich and it wasn’t even that good. I ran Elenita and her mom, Kimberley, home to fetch their vehicle. Then we drove to the director’s home where we would continue the shoot.
We did a shoot outside of my coming home from the nursing home. It was such a glorious day.
I got into my robe and gown and slippers and we began the shoot. We did a couple of hallway scenes where I sat in the wheelchair. Then we did a couple of scenes in the bedroom. I had to be helped into the wheelchair and on the first try I almost slipped and the back kicked into discomfort.
We picked up and packed equipment and then took a photo of the cast and crew. I made my way home squirming the whole way. The back was definitely out of whack.
I didn’t eat much dinner but had a couple of stiff drinks and went to bed. I had to get up and I just can’t believe I fell. It hurt like a banshee.
Got up this morning to go work at the front gate but I started crying and I tried lying on the floor to get my back cracked back into shape. It did not work. I texted my co-worker and told her I couldn’t make it and she said she would go. Bless her heart. Then my other co-worker called me and I couldn’t stop myself from crying. She wanted to do something to help me and I almost asked her to come down and walk on my back.
As I sit here typing I have an ice pack on and a couple of pain pills in my system. I am going to try the lying on the floor again and see if it helps.
I will keep you informed about the movie. It is so exciting!