This past Saturday was a tough day in that my lower back just hurt. In reality, it started Friday night and, between some Percocet and Optalgin, I slept OK.
But late Saturday afternoon, my back was really hurting, so after popping another Percocet, I decided to try to lay down on the floor a bit. After a few minutes of that I got hungry, so I got up, made myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then, lo and behold, my back pain lessened.
In discussing this with my son the scientist, he postulated that we can’t really know what, in fact, led to less back pain: Percocet, laying on the floor, or the PB&J.
“We need to conduct a study,” said he. And he immediately set out to develop a hypothesis, a questionnaire, and other things I assume sciency people need when trying to figure out how stuff works.
(“Do you know the difference between science and screwing around?” my budding researcher asked. “Writing stuff down.”)
And so, I am happy to report, I am part of a non-randomized, micro-study unencumbered by control groups, management oversight, or grant applications (Though he DID try…).
I look forward to reporting results as soon as they are published.