Posting once a month seems to be my game lately. We do what we can.
So in the ongoing saga that is my body, I have had not one but two MRIs done now in an effort to identify all that is wrong with me. Turns out there are some good reasons for being in pain. In addition to the previously mentioned rotator cuff in my right shoulder, I have been experiencing pain in the left shoulder and upper back which everyone said was a pinched nerve. And it is. Caused by several bulging discs in the cervical and thoracic spine, as well as edema, or swelling, in the spine. All probably caused by two separate falls I had back in November. It is very similar apparently to being hit by a car.
What to do about it you ask? Well, now I am going to see a physiatrist, which is a brand of doctor I had not heard of before. They specialize in the non surgical treatment of spinal injuries or problems. It is likely this will result in a cortisone shot in the swollen areas. Which we are not going to think too hard about. When I had a spinal block for the emergency cesarean I needed to have to deliver Cooper lo those many years ago now, I didn’t have time or energy to really consider what the anesthesiologist was doing. I didn’t have time to say GAH GIANT NEEDLE BEING STUCK INTO MY SPINAL COLUMN. When that or dying is on the table, you just go with THAT. Now I have a bit more awareness and while I really want to stop hurting, I am not crazy about a needle being stuck into my spinal area.
But if that is what has to happen, it will happen. In the meantime, I am, very carefully, keeping things going by doing exercises recommended by my chiropractor and my friend who is a personal trainer. I am still doing karate, because right now that doesn’t involve attacking or being attacked by anyone, hitting anything very hard or doing any wild jumps or kicks. It actually feels good to get the blood flowing and the muscles moving. I just have to be careful. I am enjoying the progress I am making in class, graduating to the gold belt last night. It is the third belt you can achieve. So YAY for that.
In other news Cooper is back in gymnastics after taking a session off. He missed it, but I wasn’t about to pay all that money for him to NOT do some of the things the coach said he had to and being told to sit out if he didn’t. So we took time off, and one day he asked if he could go back, and he is doing all the events now. And he is doing track for the first time. He seems to really like it. The kid will run any time he can, whether we are in Costco or outside. He is his fathers son. And he is also still taking karate, but he is a little put out that I have surpassed him in belts. He will be at the same level as me as soon as he gets his next belt which should be this month, but still. For now I am ahead. No, I do not rub that in his face AT ALL. Nope. Not me. Or you know, the opposite of that.
So here is to keeping busy, staying healthy and not getting injured any further.