There’s a moment late in the Dark Matter pilot, as the boys are loading weapons crates onto the shuttle, that THREE casually warns ONE to: “Lift with your back.  Takes pressure off the knees.”  I remember rewatching that episode and being hit with a momentary twinge of panic when THREE offered that advice because, in fact, it’s actually: “Lift with your knees to take pressure off your back.”  Lifting with your back could result in serious injury!  At which point I realized – yes, that was the gag.  At which I point I also realized – I actually wrote that joke into the script.

Anyway, I was reminded of this Dark Matter moment yesterday when Akemi apparently followed THREE’s doubtful advice in attempting to move a grow bag – and pulled something in her lower back.  Since then, she’s been shuffling around like a 95 year old speed walker – swift but stiff.  She’s still got it!

This, in turn, reminds me of the time I pulled a muscle in MY lower back, the result of something as seemingly innocuous as using my foot to drag a dog bed over.  “How long did it take you to recover?”Akemi asked me.  “A few months,”I told her.  Although “a few months” was more like six months.  And it only really improved after I went to physio, something she’s not all that eager to pursue.

Alrighty.  Time to announce the winners of the (first?) Joseph Mallozzi group chat!  Who knows, if this one goes off without serious injury, I may do more and six months from now, we’ll all be trading casserole recipes.

The winners are…

Corinne Crook


Tam Dixon

I’ll be reaching out to you via email and look to arrange a suitable time when we can all get together to discuss Stargate, Dark Matter, and my wife’s back issues!

Exciting, no?

10 thoughts on “July 3, 2020: Lift with your back; take pressure off your knees!

  1. Tell Akemi I completely empathize. Since throwing my back out on Sunday on the last day of hiking the Footpath, it continues to be painful, though I can actually walk upright now after icing it 5x a day over the last week. Also, pain killer/muscle relaxants. All I did was reach down slightly and grab a branch to throw it off the trail. Ugh.

    I hope she feels better soon!!

  2. Here’s to hoping Akemi feels better quickly! I have chronic back issues, so I get it. Fun, NOT! She needs to be gentle with herself, but keep moving. Thinking good thoughts for her!

    Congrats to the chosen ones! Thank you again for sharing and being accessible. You make fandom and these times in general more fun.

  3. For Akemi: Another veteran of back pain (and surgery!) strongly recommends physical therapy (as we call it south of the border).

    Water therapy (conducted in a swimming pool) was particularly helpful and enjoyable.

  4. Sorry about Akemi’s injury I hope it heals up very soon. On another note Congratulations to the lucky winners, enjoy 😎

  5. Wowza! Thanks you for the honor!! It would be awesome if you did this regularly! Also, why haven’t we seen anymore of you Mom’s cooking videos? Her fans would like more!!!

    You have to come up with a better story on “How I injured my back”. Rock climbing, fending off muggers or something more exciting. I’m of the age where my friends throw their backs out rolling over in bed. 😉 Never admit to that one!

    If the dr clears you both for exercise, try yoga. Before the plague, I used to swim 2 miles a day but since I can’t do that, I’ve been running on the treadmill and doing yoga. Strangely, my back is a little better. I have a lot of bone & disc problems, so my issue isn’t tendon or muscle strain that both of your issues, probably, are. She needs to see a dr to evaluate her before she does more damage, though. Nothing makes you feel old than being in pain. I hope she feels better soon!

    Is Akemi still baking sourdough? How’s the garden?

    I made peanut butter sandwich cookies yesterday. I’m running out of room in my freezer. It’s filled with cookies. I may take some to my neighbors, so I can make snickerdooles. I have a craving….

  6. Sorry for Akemis pain, I use a home made rice bag(microwave it) for my muscle issues, hope she heals quickly. Suji snuggles might help…
    Congrats to the winners, I know it will be a blast!!

  7. Congrats to Corinne Crook, Shinyhula and Tam Dixon! Enjoy!

    Akemi, feel better soon!

  8. I hope Akemi takes care and make sure she is WELL recovered before trying any strenuous activity. About 15 years ago, when I was in my 40s, I did a simple twist trying to pick up something (doing the opposite of Three’s advice, knowing one could strain the back). It took sometime for the back pain to go, and even nowadays, if I twist in a certain direction, I can feel a very slight twinge, telling me not to go any further. The lesson is to be cautious, especially when one gets older.

  9. Congratulations to Tam Dixon, Shinyhula and Corinne

    Do you know what finally helped my migraine? Acupuncture. Me—needle-phobic human—sought out someone to put needles in their body. It took 3 sessions to get them 99.99% gone but now guess what we’ve moved onto—‘my back!! You rarely feel the needles going in. If it does hurt she will move it in a slightly different direction and it will get better but if it is still hurting any further than that she will say my body isn’t ready for that. I am a believer. This stuff works and I don’t have to worry about nasty side effects. She needs to work on back some more.

    Maybe Akemi can get some help with acupuncture?

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