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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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    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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    Alas, no crowing roosters at SP, but it's somewhere at the intersection of these two.
    2133 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    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!
    2134 days ago
  • OWL_20
    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!
    2134 days ago
    Awesome!! You are doing so great. I love how strong you can get with just a little work! Keep going!
    2134 days ago
    Keep working at it, you'll build muscle and be more balanced soon!
    2134 days ago
    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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    2135 days ago
    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.
    2135 days ago
    Love those wall pushups! The only kind I can do because of shoulder impingement. Be proud!
    2135 days ago
    As well you should be.
    2135 days ago
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