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Like Old Man Parker, I too almost literally feel the Evil Queen's pain. I don't think I'm quite as bad off as she is, but I'm fighting a battle right now with lower back pain that keeps me from sitting or standing for lengths of time.
I think it's the result of being too heavy and playing competitive volleyball for too many years at too high of a weight. I've paid the price with my knees and back. And at this point in my life, my wife and I are both considering giving up on playing volleyball, which has been our social outlet and principal means of exercise for the last 20 years.
It's really hard for me to admit that I may have to stop playing and find something else to do, especially since I was just about peaking at the top of my game last year when I broke the final straw. I still harbor hopes that I will be able to return to the game, but am quite fearful of undoing whatever progress I'm making in this slow recovery.
I 100% agree with you. Getting old sucks. Best wishes to the Evil Queen for a beneficial recovery. And mad props to you, Scott, for making tough choices to support your partnership with EQ, as well as the additional things you are doing for her during her recovery. I, too, am being well-supported by my wife, who has her own physical issues, in small day-to-day tasks that seem minor, but make a big difference.
For the Future Dark Overlard, you are a pretty big softy, too. :)