My Aching Back! Thinking Again

Thinking again. And happy to be able to set up, like this fellow, and do it.

Thinking again. And happy to be able to set up, like this fellow, and do it.

Well, it’s finally happened. And I probably deserved it.

You see, I’ve been a bit of a showoff at times, as I’ve been lucky enough to avoid one of the common ills of aging. My marathon running brother has been going slower. As has his mountain climbing brother. A decade ago, they both developed back problems like our father.

But I was seemly immune, even with all that back breaking commercial bee work. That is until last week. That’s when I bent over to pull a weed from the yard, not by bending my knees like I do with heavy stuff. But by bending my back.

It’s a common maneuver I do daily when I fasten down wheelchairs in my bus. And I rejoice in it at times when I can appreciate and use that flexibility.

A few weeks before, I easily placed both palms of my hands on the floor to demonstrate my balance and flexibility while renewing my medical certificate. What a showoff!

But bending over this time was different. After pulling that weed, I felt a little stiffness. Have you been there? If so, you know what’s coming next. 🙁

By nightfall, I was in so much pain, I couldn’t get up by myself. That back pain increased for four days. And I was almost incapacitated. I spent the fourth of July vacation chewing up bottles of Aleve. And with my back pressed up against a heating pad! So much for my plans to go paragliding this summer.

I’m just lucky it didn’t happen in the doctor’s office. Or I probably would have been a sight walking out of there on the soles of my feet and the palms of my hands. Maybe even in just my underware. 🙂

On the Mend In More Ways than one

I definitively on the mend now. I can slowly squat down and do my work. I can get up with some assistance from my arms. And I only occasionally whine like a baby. Not a nice experience. But it’s got me to thinking about beekeeping in a entirely different way.


Until now, I liked just about everything concerning Warre’ type hives. Although, I don’t believe everything written about them concerning bee behavior, they were definitely on my to do list. And I was looking forward to the experience. But bottom supering? No way. And standing toppled Warres back up. Ouch!

Horizontal Hives

As a result, my top bar hives are looking so much better than before. And the combo long hive looks just as good considering the amount of conventional equipment I have on hand.

Just why did I buy all those supers anyway? Isn’t that just like beekeeping?

The Plan

So, since I’ve got a little bee-free time on my hands. I going to focus more on the horizontal. Think I will build a few combo long hives. And a few nice, natural finished(as beautiful as a Warre) top bar hives.

I’ve got to get ready for those bees next year.


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6 responses to “My Aching Back! Thinking Again”

  1. Doug says:

    Ha Ha Ha! Great article Dennis. I knew you would have bees again.
    As far as those weeds, they are killing me. I pluck them buggers til I almost pass out. I have a huge garden of weeds, a few tomatoes, weeds, some cabbage, and weeds. Oh yea, and weeds.
    Take it easy.

  2. Sandy says:

    Hi Dennis,
    Yeah, most of us have been there with an aching back. I have found two books that have helped me with back and other body pain. Here are the links: The Pain Free book has helped me most with my back and hips. I recently used the trigger point book, because I was limping so badly that I was sure I would need to see a dr. Nope, just a tight muscle — a little massaging and I was all better — it works surprisingly well.
    Heal up,

  3. Mark says:

    Can you say Genie Lift? I don’t have one, but if I had a Warre hive I would.
    My friends with back trouble tell me ice works the best and never, never pull weeds. I Don’t pull weeds anymore and put the ice in the glass instead, what goes on top is what helps the most 😉
    I’ve been reading and studying you’re site for more than a year now and have found it to be filled with great observations.

    • -bW says:

      Hi Mark

      I didn’t try ice. Hope I don’t have another episode. But will keep ice mind.

      Thanks -bW

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