Monday, September 02, 2019
If it can be sprained, it has been sprained and multiple times.
It all started back in 8th grade when I fell off the balance beam in gym class. My first major sprain. My foot and ankle in 8 places. The doctor said I'd heal faster if I broke it. That began a lifetime of sprains in both feet.
I've also bruised and hairline fractured plus dislocated my collarbones. More than once. At least four or five times since the late 1990s.
My shoulders have taken the hit multiple times too. Plus my back. Add in scoliosis and its curves.
Then there's me being a lifelong klutz. Banging into door frames, tripping over my feet, falling up stairs and downstairs and you have so much fun, not!
I'm not looking for sympathy but understanding. Most people assume that they have all the answers and if I just exercise more and get out I'd be just fine.
Now throw in arthritis, fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Oh and dont forget the screws in the left knee where my knee just decided to dislocate slowly. I had to have my kneecap moved and rebuilt because it was too high on my leg. My right knee hyperextends. Such fun!
Mix in the wonderful ability to trip over my toes by stepping on them especially my big toe. It bend down and causes me to fall.
My primary doctor said I've used up my frequent falling miles years ago. He shakes his head every time I talk about my pain because he knows my history and has seen the effects.
Top it with the multiple concussions and two were severe enough to cause lasting recall and memory problems. Yes, both the severe were fall related.
In 15 days I turn 65. I'm so blessed to be alive. My Mom died at age 47. My Dad died a couple years ago at 87. As a genealogist I read family death certificates and realize how my ancestors health is still affecting this latest generation.
I fight my body daily. I try to push myself to be better each day. I pay the price too.
Listen to your body. If it wants rest, dont push yourself until your body says no more. Don't hate your body but love it and care for it. Life throws curveballs at us when we're not taking care of ourselves. It might stop you in your tracks. It might limit your activity. It might say, yes more walking please. Or, that tasted wonderful and is so good for me. If you have an injury, it will let you know how it's doing.
Listen to what your body is telling you. It knows what it needs. Feed it well. Keep it hydrated. Find exercise you don't dread doing. I love walking. I adjust how much I do, to suit my body daily. Take care of yourself. Love yourself now, not at some arbitrary time in the future dependent upon some specific criteria. Love yourself now. Find clothing or accessories that make you feel great. Maybe it's your hair or makeup that makes you feel great. Just do something to make you feel better about yourself daily.
Sending you all love and hugs and prayers