Good morning. It is so nice to hear from you. I hope you are able to make it through your day with as little pain as possible. It sounds like you have to sit at your desk all day and with so many problems in your lower back... that has got to hurt. Only suggestions I could think of is to bring sneakers to work... do your stretches and brisk walk at lunch or break time. Get a heat and massage insert for your chair if possible. Stock up on heat wrapps for "those days" and bring a high protien snack. (we burn up alot of energy being in pain) I think there are "foot rests" you can get for under your desk that will help the strain on your back (minimal).
I just started making jewelry a year ago too! It was originally part of my "goal" with my pain psychologist (Hobbie sharing ~ hobbies that arnt physical). Send me your email address and I will send you some great sites for ideas and videos. I think what I like the most is seeing all the neat designs I make while in pain. Never would have thought something so positive could come from my pain. Now I find myself sketching out all day, then search for the components to make what I sketched in my free time.
Parenting little ones while in severe chronic pain is so.. impossible. I mean, we do what we have to do. No doubt. It is just that there are way to many days in the week that it takes all we have in us to provide the basics! You would think there would be more resources available for parents with chronic illnesses. I had a nurse last year tell me "You cant bring your daughter with you." I laffed at her so hard. Had to be the funniest thing I ever heard. Then I reported her while she was standing there. Had a neighbor tell me once "You cant be a parent on pain medicine. You need to stop taking that.". ..... Unrealistic expectations of society only make matter worse!...humm.. I seemed to have stray off on a tangent there. Sorry!
I do hope you are able to make it through you work day today. It was so nice to catch up with you. You are in our hearts.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood