A hospital visit…and spring has sprung!

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Hi,

Some observant viewers have noticed that I’ve been a bit more awkward on screen than usual recently… I’ve had a few messages asking why I’m moving a little oddly, and leaning on things. I’ve tried to hide it, but clearly am not doing that very well sometimes! It’s all down to a lower back problem which began when I was training for the 100km event I did last year. It settled down a bit over the winter but started getting bad again after Christmas, and the pain has got worse and worse since then.

To cut a long story short, I ended up having an MRI scan which showed I’ve somewhat messed up the facet joints in my lower spine. I tried everything – physiotherapy, acupuncture, anti-inflammatory drugs – but as nothing was working, I was advised to have some steroid injections into the joints to try to calm the inflammation. Hence, last Thursday morning, I found myself sitting in a hospital room, nervously awaiting the needles! They do the injections under X-Ray, and it took about half an hour – fairly unpleasant but not as bad as I was expecting it to be. Apparently I have no cartilage whatsoever left in my facet joints, so bone is rubbing against bone, which hurts. I’m a fairly fanatical fitness fan, but I think the lesson here is that although exercise is very important, don’t overdo it – you need to keep your cartilage intact if possible! I now feel like I’ve been kicked in the back by a herd of donkeys, but the injections take two to three weeks to kick in, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed… I’m also going to continue with physiotherapy and have been told to have some hydrotherapy too, and will be returning to full-on exercise slowly and gradually.

I’ve been missing it so much – not being able to get out in the fresh air and run or walk a few miles along the canal has made me feel quite down. I find exercise so therapeutic – it reduces my stress levels and gives me thinking time alone, something I believe we all need. But the most upsetting thing for me is that all this means I now have to pull out of the 50km charity event I was intending to do at the end of May. I’m absolutely gutted about it, but my consultant has ordered me, in no uncertain terms, not to do it (“cancel it, that’s ridiculous” were his exact words!) and I have to be sensible – you only have one back! I’m hoping to build up gradually over the summer and maybe still do another long distance event I’m signed up for in September, but we will see how it goes – one day at a time…

My garden has been cheering me up over the last few weeks though – isn’t it glorious now that spring is finally here and all the flowers are in bloom? We have a large, natural pond in our garden in Gloucestershire and this year there’s been a wonderful display of daffodils and bluebells around it. Sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy, and I love my garden so much. I can’t wait to get the garden furniture out again and start spending some sunny afternoons out there!

And one more thing. I’m sure lots of you have heard the hype about the new Dyson hairdryer. Well, it’s coming to QVC in April so some of us presenters have been lent one to try at home. I’d been chatting to some of the Dyson people about this and they told me Dyson spent £40,000 on natural hair pieces while they were testing it, actually temporarily creating a worldwide shortage of real hair extensions – that’s how determined they were to make a hairdryer like no other. It’s taken four years, and 600 prototypes.

And this a pricey hairdryer – £300! This may sound odd, but I was really, really hoping that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I knew that if it was brilliant, I would probably want one, and I got a new hairdryer for Christmas so can’t really justify another one so soon. Well, now that I’ve been trying it for a couple of weeks, all I can say is….noooooooo! Darn you, Dyson!  It’s just SO GOOD. It has halved the time it takes to dry my hair, and it seems to leave it so smooth that I barely need to use my hair straighteners now, so not only am I saving energy but also drastically reducing heat damage to my hair. I will be giving this back to them kicking and screaming. My only consolation is that when it comes to QVC it will be on easy pays (interest free credit), and also that it’s my birthday in April. So maybe if I drop some very very subtle hints to my hubby…

Have a great week!

Love Jackie x

37 Comments

  1. Susan April 6, 2017 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Oh no Jackie. I haven’t seen qvc these days but knew you’d a bit of pain in your back from other blogs. Absolutely right, don’t do that race! How painful it must be for you. Look after yourself x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      It’s very annoying but I’m just getting on with it, hopefully things will start to improve soon! Thank you.
      Love Jackie x

  2. theresa April 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear you cannot do your charity run but as you say you only have one back. My granddaughter and I saw the Dyson hairdryer in Boots before christmas and she could not get over the price. Fingers crossed your back improves and dont forget take things slowly as you have been adviced, take care Theresa x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:36 am -  Reply

      Thanks Theresa! Yes the hairdryer is pricey, but it’s really excellent. Thanks for getting in touch, hope all is good with you.
      Love Jackie x

  3. Norma Fox April 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    You have my sympathy. Back pain is so miserable as it is impossible to get comfortable. I hope the treatment soon works and life returns to normal.

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am -  Reply

      Thanks Norma, very kind of you. Fingers crossed!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Teresa Karasavvas April 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie I wish you a speedy recovery with your back pain. I suffer with my back from time to time so you have my sympathy. Your garden looks lovely. I would love a pond but I am so scared of frogs that I cannot have one!

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am -  Reply

      Thanks Teresa! Oh I love frogs, I think they are really cute, I’m sorry you are scared of them. Ponds definitely attract lots so yes, wise decision not to have one!
      Love Jackie x

  5. Heidi April 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I’m so sorry to hear about your back trouble. There’s something about back pain that’s just so debilitating and vertually impossible to hide. Hopefully the benefit of the injections will kick in soon and the weather will pick up so you can enjoy some fresh air and your garden.
    Take care and be kind to yourself! 😊

    Love Heidi x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:32 am -  Reply

      Thanks Heidi, it’s most annoying but could be worse I suppose, important to keep it in perspective. Thanks so much.
      Love Jackie x

  6. Mrs Judith Dunster April 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are feeling better soon Jackie xx

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Very kind Judith, thanks!
      Love Jackie x

  7. marilyn April 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear that Jackie! Very painful im dealing with a trapped nerve in my neck at the moment so i can only imagine your pain. Get well soon..x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Oh no Marilyn, that sounds awful, really hope you get better soon! What a pair we are!
      Love Jackie x

  8. Sarah Norris April 7, 2017 at 7:39 am -  Reply

    My sincere sympathies over the back issue. I had surgery for ruptured discs in my lower back 19 years ago and they discovered a small abnormality which if upset becomes inflamed and puts pressure on my sciatic nerve. A horrible pain. I have learnt over the years (the hard way) that you do have to listen to the medics. My consultant advised me to remember to keep moving, even when it was tough and to find a form of exercise that my back didn’t mind. At the time I thought how odd, but he was right, by listening to the niggles and pains in my back I learnt that running was off, nordic walking is great as is cycling (in my case on a static bike) and more recently I’ve been reading about HIIT (Michael Mosely’s book in particular) and trying it out on my trusty static bike with some success. Modified Pilates on a reformer can be ok and has helped but yoga sadly upset my back. Good luck on your journey.

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Sarah
      Ouch, sounds horrible! I quite fancy Nordic walking so maybe that’s something for me to look into, thank you! I’m not a fan of cycling – I do have a bike but don’t often use it. And I have a Pilates reformer and have been advised that Pilates will be good for me so I’m having some one to one lessons to make sure I’m doing the right exercises. Fingers crossed it will all help!
      Love Jackie x

  9. Elizabeth Keenan April 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Jackie
    Must admit I never noticed you had some pain with your back while you were on qvc.
    I know you will be disappointed not being able to do the 50k but you need to take the advise of your consultant, and there will be plenty time later on to do all the things you want to do, just take it easy Jackie and get it all sorted out first.
    Wishing you good luck with injections I am sure they will be a big help once they kick in and you will be back to good health very soon.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Thanks so much for the kind words. Hoping to start feeling normal again very soon!
      Love Jackie x

  10. Tania E April 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie

    Hope your back improves well and quickly for you. That must be awful!!! Listen to the doctor though as you want to do well long term even if it means making short term sacrifices.

    Sorry but £300 for a hairdryer is ridiculous. You can get a fab one for a fifth of the price! Use products that your hair likes and have a good hair regime. I can’t imagine it being so much better to warrant that price point. That’s my personal opinion, I’m sure ones will disagree with me lol. 🙂

    Looking forward to your next book! I thoroughly enjoy them.

    You take care sweet x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Tania
      Thanks, I’m trying to be good and do as I’m told!
      I do agree with you about the price of the hairdryer..it’s a lot of money, and I was determined not to like it, and really hoping it wouldn’t be fabulous, but it really is. It’s funny because Kathy Tayler said exactly the same thing, and she was hooked after one use too. We shall see what the reviews are like when we get it here!
      The next book will be out on 10th November, so pleased you’ve liked them.
      Love Jackie x

  11. Janet April 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Keep strong, focus on other interests, and try to be patient! Not easy for sure! Enjoy these lovely sunny spring days. Take care xx

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      Not easy – I’m a very impatient person – but I’m trying! Also trying to get it into perspective…it’s just a bad back, so many people have it so much worse. And yes, what lovely weather we’ve been having, long may it last!
      Love Jackie x

  12. Laura myers April 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Get better soon … and if you people offer to help let them …. 💐

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Thanks Laura…I will try!
      Love Jackie x

  13. Christina Taylor April 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear about your back. I hope you feel better very soon. Good to give your body a wee rest now and again. Best wishes xxx

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Thanks Christina. I’m not very good at resting, but I’m trying!
      Love Jackie x

  14. Sharon April 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Reading your post was as if I was writing about myself, this is exactly what happened to me 4 years ago. Unfortunately I’ve got osteoarthritis in every facet joint in my spine, then my hips started hurting another MRI and another prognosis of osteoarthritis-cut to now – the arthritis is in every major joint including my jaw !!! Had 2 sets of facial injections in Jan and march. I’m now in a wheelchair and also have fibromyalgia. But that’s me not you. I had a car accident many years before and every part of my body I injured I now have arthritis in. The injections are brilliant and I pray you get some relief. Don’t push yourself or do to much or you’ll crash and burn – give your body a chance to heal, I’ve felt frustrated, fed up and in my head I want to do things but my body just won’t cooperate. I hope you get some relief and pray that it doesn’t show up in any other joints. Take care and let others take over and pamper you for a while x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Sharon
      Oh my goodness, poor you, that sounds awful. I guess you just have to get on with it though, don’t you? I’m just carrying on as normal and taking painkillers on bad days. Work keeps me smiling! Thanks for getting in touch and for the kind wishes.
      Love Jackie x

  15. Sh April 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Reading your post was as if I was writing about myself, this is exactly what happened to me 4 years ago. Unfortunately I’ve got osteoarthritis in every facet joint in my spine, then my hips started hurting another MRI and another prognosis of osteoarthritis-cut to now – the arthritis is in every major joint including my jaw !!! Had 2 sets of facial injections in Jan and march. I’m now in a wheelchair and also have fibromyalgia. But that’s me not you. I had a car accident many years before and every part of my body I injured I now have arthritis in. The injections are brilliant and I pray you get some relief. Don’t push yourself or do to much or you’ll crash and burn – give your body a chance to heal, I’ve felt frustrated, fed up and in my head I want to do things but my body just won’t cooperate. I hope you get some relief and pray that it doesn’t show up in any other joints. Take care and let others take over and pamper you for a while x

  16. Susan Hedges April 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Oh bless you. You do as you are told regarding your back and we will see your lovely cheerful face back soon. Lots of love x

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:13 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      Luckily I’m managing to have all the treatment on days off so I’m not needing any time off work…trying to do what I’m told and stay cheerful, it’s hard to be down when you’re surrounded by such lovely people as I am at QVC! Thank you.
      Love Jackie x

  17. pam stephens April 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    hope your back heals soon Jackie please do as you are told or as my old mum used to say even when I was married with two children Your not too big for a smack //// Take Care xx

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Pam,
      Haha, sounds like my mum! I’m not very good at doing what I’m told but I’m trying! Thank you.
      Love Jackie x

  18. Carole Westgarth thompson April 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Take your time to heal Jackie rest and don’t go back to work to soon. We miss you, but we are concerned about you she we cannot be selfish. Love light and Healing take good care. Carole xx.

    • Jackie Kabler April 10, 2017 at 10:10 am -  Reply

      Hi Carole
      I actually haven’t taken any time off work at all, I’m hoping I won’t need to….it’s a good distraction! Thank you so much for the very kind wishes.
      Love Jackie x

  19. sue April 11, 2017 at 2:26 am -  Reply

    HI Jackie ,
    Hope your back is better soon .Get some vit D from the sun in your garden it will make you feel better ,

    • Jackie Kabler April 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

      Good idea Sue! Hopefully the sun will shine at Easter as I have a couple of days off!
      Love Jackie x

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