Saturday, February 09, 2013
This past week has been a tough one for me. I've been sidelined from my usual workouts by huge amounts of shoulder pain. When I called the doctor and told his nurse that physical therapy seemed to make things worse, they weren't surprised and immediately scheduled an MRI of my left shoulder. I'm not sure why they didn't schedule the MRI from the beginning when my humorous MRI showed a possible problem and the radiologist who read that MRI suggested it. Ah, the joys of the health care system! When I had an evaluation (for the doctor) at physical therapy on Friday, my therapist put me on rest until the doctor tells me what the new diagnosis is for my shoulder (if there is one).
So what does a person who is used to working out 1.5 to 3 hours a day do without her usual exercise? Get creative and do as much walking as possible. The problem is that when you propel your body forward, your arms want to swing in order to maintain balance and speed. I've rigged up a cross body sling with my purse that enables me to prop up my arm so I can do some walking. The issue with any kind of sling is that it stresses my neck if I'm not careful. I was very careful today when I did it. The other thing I did was put my hand in the pocket of my shorts, when I walked later today. The pocket kept my arm from swinging and gave it a bit of support. I was surprised to find that it is difficult to walk with any amount of speed without swinging my arms. I was a strange sight with one hand in my pocket and the other arm pumping away. Several people stopped to watch me but no one said a word to me. LOL
I'm hoping that I can find a way to ride the recumbent cycle at the gym and support my arm in my lap. I'm afraid the motion of my legs might rock my upper body but I can experiment with it.
The topic at our Weight Watchers meeting this week was planning out our exercise in advance. I immediately went on a mental search and rescue mission to figure out how I can rescue my exercise program without hurting myself. I was so deep in thought that I missed about 5 minutes of the meeting. My physical therapist took all water exercise off my workout schedule. No wonder he smiled and laughed to himself when he suggested that I rest until after the MRI and follow up doctor's appointment. He knows that sitting still is very difficult for me when I'm used to being so active. He didn't have any suggestions for ways for me to workout because he didn't want to suggest anything without knowing the shoulder situation.
Perhaps I can come up with something in which duct tape is involved. The experts say it is one of the most valuable household tools. I'm getting a vision in which my left arm is taking on a silver tint........