On Saturday morning I called in at the Doc's for a tetanus booster and, on returning home with a slightly sore upper arm, got ready to repair some of the damage caused by the stumps downstairs being replaced.
We bought 8 x 20Kg bags of pre-mix (which were a bit of a strain getting into and out of the boot but not too bad) and prepared to mix up our first batch of cement in the wheelbarrow. Two bags + 4 litres of water, said the recipe, which produced a thick stodge, the likes of which I'd never had to mix before, and consequently required a lot of effort with the shovel. It's not too bad mixing cement on the ground but a wheelbarrow is definitely not an ergonomic cement mixer. In short, after half an hour of mixing, bending and placing the mix, my back was not in a good way. The second load was easier because I made it a lot more runny (stuff the recipe I say - cement's ready when it looks ready) but that did nothing to improve my back's condition. Two days later. it is slowly starting to come good but it will be a good few days before it's back to normal.
Because I placed a lot of the cement by hand I've now also lost numerous layers of skin off my hands (vicious stuff) and then last night after turning the kitchen light off and heading for the bedroom I found the coffee table in the front room - with my right shin.
I was healthy when I left work. Now I'm a complete wreck.