We were at Ikea and I was taking every opportunity to sit down. I sat on beds, sofas, chairs and the rocking chair. It wasn’t a good day to be wandering around such a huge place as it was one of my limited standing-up days. I have only one lumbar disc remaining so I’m a bit like a car with no shock-absorbers.
I made a note of the order number for the rocker and we continued. We were actually looking for a new basin for the bathroom. The LSO found one and went to find out if it came with all the plumbing bits. I looked around. The only place to sit was on a toilet. I decided to give that a miss. Too many people with Facebook accounts walking around with phone cameras. If I go viral I'd prefer a toilet not to be involved.
I wandered painfully on until... ’Help! I need to sit down,’ I told an assistant. She upturned a pile of plastic waste-paper baskets right by me and helped me onto them. Then she dashed off to find something more comfortable – a stool. Thank you to the lovely staff at Ikea, Birmingham.
The LSO eventually found me and helped me out to the car but not before we bought that rocking chair.
President Kennedy had 18 rocking chairs. The rocking motion is good for chronic pain. Apparently if the spinal cord is sending messages down the spine to tell your legs to rock the chair it can’t be doing anything else, like telling your back it hurts. Essentially, rocking blocks pain. The spinal cord can’t multi-task. At least that’s what I think the report on Google was saying. (Does this mean it's male?) I could now do with a rocking chair at my desk but is it even possible to type and rock at the same time?