I went to the doctor Friday morning. X-rays and some random quackery tells us that nothing is out of place in my spine--no slipped discs or anything else leaving its designated space. So that's good. Sadly, though, that knowledge doesn't automatically make it easier to move my back. I got prescription pain pills and muscle relaxants. Also, the doc told me to take some prescription doses of ibuprofen (aka Vitamin I). The doc said I should start doing light stretches and maybe even some light yoga by Tuesday or Wednesday, so that's encouraging. She advised to wait around 2 weeks before going back to class. We'll see if I can last that long. I don't want this injury to turn into something that takes all the momentum out of my training. I like that I go to 3 classes a week and work some training in after most classes. I refuse to allow something as trivial as my back to get in the way of that.
So I'm out for a short while. And right as I got a new Jiu Jitsu book--Andre Galvao's "Drill to Win" came in the mail Thursday or Friday. So I have to look at that all week and not try anything I see in there.
This will help make sure that I keep up with my schoolwork, though, so it isn't all bad. 2 writing assignments due next week (not the one coming, the 20-24), and I am out of commission over the weekend with a bachelor party. Sadly, this injury came at a pretty good time. I also have to have a dentist abuse me some more on the 24th. So I might be out that weekend, depending on how badly getting a wisdom tooth yanked sucks this time around.
I haven't forgotten that I committed to reviewing my Keiko Raca gi, and I'll get to that. I wanted to make sure I got enough rolls in it to get a feel for it. I might find some time to write that up this week.