This post is from December of 2009, when I was recovering from a back injury. I still suffer from back injuries, but I have been doing well recently - let's hope that continues.
Now, my post:
This holiday season I have been granted the gift of movement.
I am back to water aerobics, 2nd class in a row, although I still can't
do all the movements. I do the best that I can and it is so wonderful to
move in the water once again. The exercise class is almost empty this
time of year, which is good for me.
My physical therapist has now given me a number of exercises to do, to
relieve pain, to start the process of strengthening my abdominal
muscles, and now, to try to stretch my right leg so I can straighten it
without pain. She had me on the treadmill today, and had me do a
stretching exercise with a long belt.
January 6 I get results of my MRI and maybe then I will know why I am
still having the issues I am having. Or maybe the surgeon will tell me
that the MRI didn't show anything.
I remember the joke about the man asking his surgeon if he'll be able to
play the piano after his surgery, the surgeon says "of course you will"
and the man says "that's funny, I can't play it now". I have never
danced. I was born with two left feet. I envy the people on Dancing
with the Stars who can turn and spin and do all those movements. But
maybe, when I emerge from this back problem stuff, I will be able to
Or maybe regular moving around will feel like dance. Because now I know
what it is like to be in such pain one can barely move.
So now I am grateful for my everyday walking, and for being able to get back into the pool.