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A quickie - nerve damage

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I just said I was going to get ready for work, so I'll make this quick.

I got my husband to agree before he left town to take pictures when he returned for the BLC if I get selected for a team. One of them will be a picture of me trying to flex my left arm! It's not horrific... don't picture a tiny little shriveled thing. But I hadn't even realized until I signed up for the BLC that I couldn't flex it anymore. I did realize it was soft and weak in comparison to my right arm.

I have cervical disc degeneration, so I have significant pain on the left side of my neck down to my fingers. I've been babying that arm for years. I guess I didn't realize how much. So for the last several weeks, since I joined the BLC mailing list, I've also been doing 160 wall push ups every single day. Wide arms, deep lean, straight back, with a clap in between every single one. The clap isn't too look impressive - it's to get the weight off my wrists and to give me something to count off of.

I feel kind of proud of myself for this. My friend Pascal said the other day that working out gives you bragging rights. Yes. It does. So I have a weak arm. Yes, I look lopsided in exercise classes - and quit every class I ever started because of this arm, because I can't move in a coordinated manner. I can't dance. I can't lift two dumbbells at the same time. But I can do 160 wall pushups. And I am proud of it. Hell yes, I am.
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 5/18/2013 12:59PM

    You are magnificent. Strut and crow over your new discovery and choice to keep going. You make me wonder whether I can do something about my icky calf muscle, also due to nerve damage on one side.

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MIRAGE727 5/17/2013 8:27PM

    I can relate to the nerve damage. Stay strong and work through it like you have. We can do this with lots of positive waves!
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OWL_20 5/17/2013 8:25AM

    Aw yeeeeahhh! 160 wall push-ups is totally worthy of bragging rights! Is the arm something that can be rehabbed back into shape? Kudos to you for doing the workout!

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GAYLLYNNE 5/17/2013 7:05AM

    Awesome!! You are doing so great. I love how strong you can get with just a little work! Keep going!

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PHEBESS 5/17/2013 2:32AM

    Keep working at it, you'll build muscle and be more balanced soon!

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FELINEBETTER 5/16/2013 3:40PM

    You Go Girl! You said it yourself - you've been babying that arm. If you're able to do 160 wall push-ups - it will gather strength in no time! emoticon

And frankly, if I were able to do 160 wall push-ups, I'd be flexing in that picture naked! Lol lol

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/16/2013 2:54PM

    That is something you can be very proud of! And I am very sorry to learn about your chronic pain. Your tenacity in spite of the pain is inspiring and admirable.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/16/2013 2:30PM

    Love those wall pushups! The only kind I can do because of shoulder impingement. Be proud!

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ROSCOEKR 5/16/2013 1:18PM

    As well you should be.

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