Thursday, August 15, 2013
So I have not watched TV in my apartment for the last two years and counting. Basically, my TV set was just a large DVD player :P So this begs the question why on Earth am I paying for digital cable that I am not using???? At a cost of $50 per month, I have cost myself $1200 for something I am not using!!! To be forgiving on myself, I had bought a special bundle deal and had no idea how much it really cost. Life has been rather hectic and taking care of errands like these (I had to return the cable box to a very out of the way location, a royal pain for a non driver) simply get shoved on the backburner. Live and learn -that would have been a nice vacation fund!!!
I saw my physiotherapist today and she worked her magic on my ailing shoulder and elbow. She also had a suggestion that the flopping out of my elbow to one side might be due to a muscle not being used properly. That the three months of extreme pain I had felt rendering my elbow and hand useless was an attack of nerve pain and that the body shut down the muscles trying to relieve it, but when it finally got better, it forgot to turn on this one muscle group back on. Makes sense as nothing else does. When that pain was going on it was not a 'hot' joint, nor was it swollen so it for sure was not a flare, and in RA both sides usually fire it up not just one. I have had nerve pain and that certainly matched what I have felt before. So the fix is to isolate my elbow in the movement where it loses control and use a light weight to make it work and come back.
Another errand I finally got done was to see the eyeglass people. I simply was unable to read with these glasses as it was blurry most of the time and I had a little piece that was clear and if I moved my head slightly it would go fuzzy. Its been very frustrating. So she did a few adjustments and it was somewhat better, but the bottom line was I could not look at something straight on and see, I had to look through the left lens which was had a clear area. So she took them and said they would try a different lens with a bigger reading area. She claims she can get them back before my trip, but I am skeptical as they get sent to another province. I was hoping to do some reading on this trip, but it makes my eyes sore to try right now.
I did 60 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and a 50 minute Boxercise DVD and got through it fine. Unfortunately, what I am realizing is that the wild windmilling and rapid arm movements of Zumba is aggravating my shoulder and elbow which has caused me to miss two Boxercise classes now :( Zumba always is the night before unfortunately :( There are four Zumba classes in a week and only two Boxercise. So I guess I am going to have to give some of them up if I want my Boxercise :(( Its a very hard choice because I love them both, they are my favorites!! In case you say modify the arm movements, because I have zero balance, I basically need them to stay on track with the footwork which can get fast and complicated and the arm movements go with the footwork.
Tomorrow I will finally see this orthopedic technician and find out if his $388 orthotics will be worth it and anything he can do to stop my toes from painfully pinching when I walk all the time, not to mention the constant corn development on my big toes. We will see. He showed me what they look like, and they are for sure thin enough to fit in any kind of shoe. The problem I had with the regular ones is they were too bulky to fit most of my shoes, so I was going without.
For my evening I did laundry and housework, no exercise. Got to admit I get tired of hand washing workout clothes :( Unfortunately, I don't have like colors to put them in the wash with other things and besides they reek too much. I read you soak them in Sprite to kill the odor, has anyone heard of this or have a tip of their own? Its really hard to get the stink out even though I have very good detergent.
I am hoping to feel well enough to take my first step class in a while tomorrow morning. Keeping fingers crossed!
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!