shake it out

Alright here goes. Things have still been tough. My body never does what it is supposed to do. I’ll probably be in & out of physical therapy for the rest of my life. I have so many health conditions I have lost track. Despite all this crap going on, I have to say I’m pretty content with life πŸ‘.

I have a roof over my head (thank you mom), food to eat, the best medical care in the country (Shirley Ryan has been #1 in physical medicine for 29 years, nbd) a lot of friends and family who keep my spirits up when I get down (and who forgive me always when I cancel plans for the millionth time), and a couple of awesome part time jobs.

I’m learning how to live life within my limitations instead of trying to fight them, as I had been doing for years. I can’t do a lot of stuff I used to, but that’s ok. It’s taken me a long time to get there, but I’m figuring it out. One day at a time.

My list of things I am not allowed to do keeps growing. Chiropractors, roller coasters, scuba diving, skydiving, zip lining, bungee jumping…. basically everything on my bucket list. My heart, and fragile tissues can’t handle any of that. So I am adding new things that I CAN do to the bucket list instead. Learning to play the guitar, traveling the world, have a pet mini horse. I’m learning my body is a little more fragile than most, and I don’t have to do all of the things.

I’m currently on week 3 of physical therapy for my spine. I had surgery to fix a right sided herniation at L5-S1 in 2014, so now it decided to herniate the other way πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ. Another unexplainable injury!!? Therapy is going well, I’m already seeing huge improvements in my symptoms. Most of my pain has been going down my left leg, making walking a challenge. It’s getting looser and easier to walk every day. We’re working on “centralizing” my pain, or bringing the pain back up into the back instead of the leg, and it seems to be working!!  Its nice to be responding to treatment quickly, that is usually not the case with me.  

In the meantime, I’m still doing my physical therapy exercises for my neck, left shoulder and left arm and am still slowly but surely getting stronger.   I do some of the stretches 3 times a day.  I am exhausted!  I’m finding it much easier to do everyday things like washing my hair (with the best shampoo ever πŸ˜‰), brushing my teeth, and writing (because of course I’m a lefty at almost everything!) . I also see other things like my balance, and just overall mobility getting better. It’s a good feeling.

So it feels like a few steps back, but I’m still making progress on my upper and lower body, and I’m enjoying life a lot more and have many more “usable hours” then I had a year ago, so I’ll take that as a win.

My other health conditions all remain stable, so I’d say that is very good news! Going to keep fighting, getting stronger and healthier, and never stop traveling #onward.  

Shake it out, shake it out.  

This is pop’s garden

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