Monday, June 24, 2013

The Return of the Knitter

Being unable to be as active as I prefer, I find that I have an abundance of mental energy and time to spare. At first I was a little stir crazy because of it, aimlessly cleaning and organizing the apartment (the bathroom is sparkly white now). When I opened the door to the craft closet, I remembered that I had a closet full of yarn and that I enjoyed knitting. I wasn't sure where I wanted to start. I knew that I had a ton of yarn, so I decided the first step was to catalog it.
I own a lot of yarn.
After cataloging it, I went hunting for particular projects that would let me use up some of the massive stash of yarn that I own. And thus, Knits the Dog was born:

I even signed up for one of the monthly mystery knit alongs that Craftsy hosts and made this hat:

Knitting is hardly a suitable replacement for exercise, but it does at least give my mind something to focus on until I can get back to running and lifting. It also has the added benefit of the satisfaction of finishing something which I think is really what I miss the most right now. Completing a four mile run always left me with this sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for the day, and going for a 40 minute walk doesn't quite provide the same feelings. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tough Times

I'm not even sure where to start. I suppose I could start by stating that I am still injured and I haven't been able to maintain my preferred level of activity since I returned from Costa Rica in April.  Even before the wedding, I never really felt 100%. There were days when I felt fine, but the spot has always been just a  little bit off. I'm pretty sure that this means my time in PT didn't treat the true cause. Or maybe I hurt myself lifting weights. I have no idea really.

At the recommendation of my lovely Zumba friends (who also happen to be really smart PTs), I went to see a craniosacral therapist a couple of weeks ago. I felt better after that appointment but I'm still not completely better. And I've now been told by three different people that something is just not right with my sacrum. For those of you who don't know what or where your sacrum is, let me get all Merriam Webster on you.
The female human pelvis
sa·crum noun \ˈsa-krəm, ˈsā-\ the part of the vertebral column that is directly connected with or forms a part of the pelvis and in humans consists of five fused vertebrae
So, you see that thing in between the two pelvis bones? Yeah, that's exactly where my pain is located. It's never constant, and only certain actions exacerbate it (bending over to pick something up, i.e. lower back flexion). Sitting definitely doesn't help my situation either, and the days I have to sit most of the day are generally the days where I can't seem to find a comfortable way to exist. It must look like I have ants in my pants because I'm constantly in motion, squirming about in my seat.

It hasn't been easy and it's clear to me that I need professional help to fix this. I've scheduled an appointment with my PT and I'm going back to see the craniosacral therapist. I know that given time, between the two of them, this can be resolved and I can get back to doing the active things I want to do.