What to do when the body just doesn't play nice?
Monday, February 25, 2013
My left knee cap has a life of its own. Right now it has found the company of a fair amount of water. I suppose it didn't want to be alone or maybe it just wanted a change of scenery and water seems like a good vacation spot. And it may or may not hurt excruciatingly when I walk too fast. So now I am in a real pickle. I spend all day working standing and walking. The first 4 hours of my work day are reception work, where I can pace myself better. Standing is much better than sitting, so I am lucky to be able to stand for basically all of that shift. And I get to meet nice and not so nice people, giving me a lovely chance to let Jesus shine through. I don't have to mention Him at all, I just shine the love and joy I feel with every breath. Until the knee kicks in, lol. Then the joy gets a little distorted. The next 4 hours are spend in the Kennels, cleaning cages and mopping floors, cleaning dog dishes, doing laundry (every puppy wants a cozy blanket! ) and leash walking each dog individually. I love that part of my work day. But my knee doesn't. With every unruly pooch, who is overtaken by the joy of life and being a doggy, my knee gets yanked into a new direction. Not to mention the speed with which we have to move in the kennels to get every doggy out, walked and safely tucked back into their cozy cages. I had a few "Ouch holy wow" experiences with my kneecap today. And although I hate to slow down, by the end of the shift I was going turtle speed and walked on egg shells, because my knee could not take any more abuse. And my boss kept asking me if I was okay, and if I wanted her knee support brace. I had my knee already bandaged up under my scrubs. So coming home, I was in a real pickle on how to add to my Casual Traveler's team exercise minutes. And here is what I did..... I firmly planted my feet on the ground, and did fast upper body side twists, biceps curls, side raises with the arms, punches etc. and I rounded it out with nice long stretches. Ha!! Take that, you silly knee!!! All in all I mustered 15 minutes of exercise, got my heartrate up nicely and feel like a million dollars. I may not have contributed as much as other team mates, but I did something to get us closer to Moscow!!!!! 15 miles closer. That can be the difference between landing in the water or on dry land, right? So celebrate with me, fellow Sparkers. My knee may be a goober, but my spirit is soaring :) :) :)
Thanks for listening to my issue.