Sunday, April 4, 2010

But I was just trying to act like a healthy person

Yesterday, I was doing my normal things - laundry, cooking, went for a walk, a little gardening, etc. I try not to let my health interfere with my daily activities. I usually just ignore the aches and pains and keep on going. If I did let them interfere I would be sitting in the corner, doing nothing with my life. But often by the end of the day, my back is killing me and my ankle is telling me I did too much again.

I was doing laundry and cooking - my parents were coming for dinner and I like to create - so I was on my feet a good portion of the day. But I did sit down and take some breaks to help my back rest. I was almost done with laundry and had three full laundry hampers lined up, waiting for my husband to bring them upstairs. I could have moved them but I attempted to step over them. Attempt is the key word here.

A normal healthy person with a healthy body could have done this quite easily. I didn't step over them. I sort of stepped over them, and turned my ankle and sat down on the clean laundry - a nice soft landing. The result is a jolted, painful back and an achy, strained, sore ankle. But I have pain meds.

Today I am going to do what I did yesterday - ignore the pains and keep going. I'll go for my walk in a little bit and then some more cooking and keep moving. What else can I do?

1 comment:

linda said...

I don't know Caroline. I have mixed thoughts about the superhero approach to pain. Pain is our body's only way to say stop doing what you're doing. On the other hand, walking through the pain may have some benefits. I understand the desire to live life the way it always has been, but in my journey, I've had to make some adjustments. No more marathons for starters. I walk, and not very far. Then I gave up dairy and gluten. I take more baths than I ever have before. I wash my hands more. And most important, I tell people I love them more often. I'm glad to know you're married to the most wonderful man on the planet. That must be a happy way to go through life.