The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Better

Getting better, getting back into synch, making better choices.

I still have some "issues," most notably my left hand. I probably injured the ligament that runs between the wrist and the thumb. Just about everything makes it hurt, still taking 2 advil every morning. It's going to take a long time to heal. Last week I had the giant butt hematoma "aspirated." I will spare you the details, but it involved lidocaine and a needle. The hematoma is much smaller and I am able to move about much more without any discomfort..... but I'm beginning to think my butt may never return to its pre-smash dimensions.

I have been more active, both indoors and outdoors. Some of my friends have been hiking, but I worry about keeping up for 7 or 8 miles, so I have been doing my own walking thing. I contemplated taking Nirvana (my hybrid bike) to the bike path, but it was a little too cold to be riding that slow! So I opted for a spin class. I haven't done any weight lifting because of my hand, but I think I might try using stretchy strength bands.

Being more active has definitely made want to make better food choices as well. It's still difficult to avoid all the holiday "extras" but at least I'm not having pumpkin pie for breakfast. I've been putting more time into cooking and food prep.

So things are getting better. My body is healing and my mind is thinking better thoughts. Looking forward to the next 2 weeks, visiting with friends and family, getting ready to move into the new year.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Two Weeks Out

Its been 2 weeks since Shelly v. Truck. Overall I am doing well. The black and blues are receding, as are the scabs. The extra ass on my ass is definitely smaller, but still worthy of an identity (I wonder if the left half of my butt will ever return to pre-truck dimensions). The soreness and pain is much less, but I still have some issues, mostly my left thumb and hand. Luckily, I am right-handed, but there are so many "activities of daily living" that require use of both hands. These hurt. I can walk, but even little jumps send shock waves that seem to end at that left butt place of pain. I also have some difficulty sleeping.

I only took a half day off from work. But I have been doing some heavy duty resting. I have been spending most of my time at home, watching TV, reading, writing.....I think it was time well-spent. My body definitely needed and benefited from that down time. But I think it is time to start getting back in the game. I'm not ready to get back on my bike, or even spin. I can't do yoga, and I'm not sure if I can lift weights. It is time to start figuring out what I can do, because I'm sure I can do something, and something is way better than what I have been doing.

My spaceship is about to reenter the atmosphere. Time to get off the couch.