I’m running around like a mad fiend. Feast time is upon us and I have lots to do. But I wanted to quickly tell you guys that I tried Zumba again and I LOVE IT EVEN MORE! 🙂
I drove out to the little small town nearby for my second Tui Na Massage appointment this morning. It was different from the first in that a) I was fine to wear soft, not-long-sleeved or -panted (is that even a word?) clothing, b) we only went over what was currently painful c) it was only one hour, and d) I did not need to rest afterwards.
We spent some time talking about the things I learned this week. The practitioner was glad to hear that I had learned about how my posture/habits/etc. affected my pain levels. She said that some people don’t take time to notice those things and those are the people that she sees repeatedly for “little issues that have become big.” I told her that I consider myself a life-long learner and that that applied not just to my mental education, but to my physical one as well. 🙂
She went to work on my right foot, which I’d stubbed a few days ago, finished up on my right hip, and re-worked my left spine in the spot that always pops out. Then she told me something that she said she’d felt to compelled to tell a lot of people lately (and may as well tell me): people really need to work on being good at being adults. I laughed, as she had just gotten off an “emergency” phone call from her son wherein she had to give him directions somewhere three different ways before he understood her. Anyhow, the gist of it was this: watch your posture, eat food that makes you feel good (not just full), and wear good shoes. I’m am totally guilty of at least two of those. *sitting up straighter & searching for better shoes & tossing out all the super-crunchy food now* Ah-hem.
At the end of the appointment, she asked me if I still thought I had RA. I told her that while she had, in fact, made me feel better than I had in years, I wasn’t willing to go quite that far. I still am having my morning stiffness (which she said “everyone has that, it’s part of being older”) and I am still low grade feverish, as I am when I am flaring or overworked. She told me that a lot of people with migraines have low grade fevers and that I had one each time I’d been to see her so far (which was true; I’ve been very migraine triggered lately). I will have to look for more information on that because I’ve never had a regular doctor make that particular connection before.
In any case, I’m back to feeling better now. I didn’t have to lie down after this appointment and I don’t have to do the warm clothes & soup thing this time either. I just went to my new favorite bookstore and am back home again. 🙂
I had a form of Chinese massage today to help with my RA. Oddly enough, my massage therapist doesn’t believe that RA is a real thing. She told me that I had basically dislocated most of my joints and set to work putting them back into place. For the most part, I’m feeling pretty good now. Range of motion in my neck, shoulders, and hips is better than it’s been in years. A few places still aren’t up to snuff. One place actively hurts like h*ll. In any case, I get to spend the next three days in pj’s and eating soup. Then, I go back next week to try to finish up the stuff that wasn’t done today..
I just saw this in a post from CreakyJoints and thought I’d share in case you hadn’t seen it yet: Arthritis Pain Predictor
Heard back from my lady doctor, who I didn’t even have to see!! Her hospital got an app that let’s us email questions & get email answers & test results. It is fabulous! So anyway, my hormones are out of whack & I’m doing a low dose birth control pill to see if that helps. It’s been funny having people try to explain BC to me as if I’d never experienced it before. In the past I’d have blushed, but I have finally gotten a bit more mature and just moved on with a breezy “Oh yes, I know about that.”
There is no end to education.
It is not that you read a book,
pass an examination,
and finish with education.
The whole of life,
from the moment you are born
to the moment you die,
is a process of learning.
Yesterday I did not get called in to work, so I decided to get on track with making my master bedroom more of a sanctuary. I’d been thinking of it longingly since the beginning of December, but had no time to do anything about it. It had turned into that place where people dumped things off when they weren’t sure where stuff went. I thought it would be easy: get the junk out and TADA! Sanctuary!
Not so much. I had to find homes for everything, which turned into an all day adventure which had me hauling boxes down and making new messes and moving things all around. While I’m fairly pleased now with how my room looks (it’s mostly done, but I’d like to repaint some bookcases now. I’ll need some assistance with that. They are large and I can’t move them alone) and the fact that everything else found a home (although some found “homes” in the trash, recycling, and donation bins), I ended up with massive amounts of pain. 😦
Things I learned from this experience:
1) I shouldn’t ever think that a pile of junk will be easy to deal with.
2) I should not put heavy things up high (I knew this, I really did, but I didn’t think that I had actually DONE it.)
3) If I discover something heavy up high, I should wait for someone to come home and help rather than expose my shoulders, elbows, and wrists to such weight.
4) I need to remember to take more breaks, even if my brain is excited and thinks it can just push through the pain. I shouldn’t push through the pain.
Writing is a struggle against silence.
Just checking in, keeping up the writing thing, cause that’s part of my ongoing goals this year. I had a writing retreat with a longtime writing friend/partner in crime this weekend. We traveled to an undisclosed location and holed up in a tiny studio apartment and wrote, read books on writing, and shared notes on writing related things. Now we’re trading our WIPs (works in progress- she has one to trade, I’m still trying to get there) for reading and helping along. 🙂 It was a really good weekend. I’m feeling all refreshed and writerly again. I organized my writing folder, downloaded the latest version of Scrivener (writing software that my copy of was an old bug-filled beta), and wrote more yesterday.
The downside of all this travel and writing is that I’ve remembered now part of the reason I stopped in the first place: the pain. Oh the pain. Wrists, fingers, elbows, shoulders, back. I’d forgotten how bad it can get. So now I’m looking into some other ways to get my writing in. I’ve got a memo program on my iPhone that will translate my words to text; which it’s doing better than I thought it might. It just doesn’t have a Save function, so then I’ve got to copy and paste by hand. I’ve just spent thirty minutes with the Speech Recognition software on my computer. The tutorial made it seem easy, but the actuality is not so easy. It doesn’t like blogging. 😦 Maybe I’ll just have to copy and paste a lot. 😉
I’ll let you know how it continues to go.