It Didn’t Work For Me and Other Sayings…😝

As I mentioned I had my injections on Tuesday. I’m usually pretty good at being careful with whom I tell certain things too. Because so many people knew of the pain I was in, it was obvious you could look at me and tell, a lot of them knew I was having the injections. So the first thing many, if not most, people said was “it didn’t work for me” and then proceed to tell these long horrible stories. Why do people do that? I learned a long time ago to stop telling people when I was going on a flight because the same thing would happen. I learned then to share only with “like-minded people”; not that I don’t have people in my life who have different views. What I  mean by “like-minded” is people who are positive and want the best for me as I do for them. Folks who are not going to put the worst negative energy out there about how things didn’t work for them or better yet how they didn’t do the rest of the work to help it work for them; a part that is conveniently left out.

Now I’m not talking Pollyanna by any means, but I’m a firm believer in positive in positive out. Now, having said all that, there were people who weren’t so negative. I attended the Genesis Hope Run a few weeks ago. The Hope Run happens the week when new runners in the Genesis Program run for the first time for 20 minutes non-stop. It’s so cool and a big moment for them. Anyway, I had just been released from PT, I hadn’t seen many of these folks in months so it was great to be there. I gave them the update and the response was very different. Many have overcome injuries, have also had the injections but their responses were much more positive. Here’s the thing, these folks remain active, they are still running, they may not be hitting the times they used too but they are still in the race; despite the injury, they just readjusted as needed. The difference between them and the others I told was the attitude, theirs was healthier, therefore more positive and encouraging. You know those who complain about running are those who don’t run. 😆 I believe they are more positive because they are active.

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Some of my clients will say “nothing works for me”. When they don’t want to do some of the small things that could help with the process in addition to the medication and/or procedure. We all know losing weight can help with back and knee pain, we are not talking skinny here, we are talking healthy. If a person has a good deal of extra weight pulling and putting pressure on these areas it only stands to reason that relieving that pressure will help with the pain/discomfort. I attempted to get a client to understand this last week; she had no idea we have the same pain doctor and she told me “he never said anything to me about losing weight”. I know this is not true he mentioned weight loss to me even though he told me that’s not something I needed to worry about but to keep it in mind.

We have to take some responsibility for ourselves and our health (including our mental health) we can’t solely rely on what is prescribed to us. I think that also includes who we decide to share things with; I don’t like negativity, that’s the main reason I got off FB and some other things. It has an impact on both our physical and mental health. If I ever hope to get back to running, then I’m sticking with people who are going to support that. I’ve had just a little bit of pain discomfort since I got the injections. I’m hoping it’s just my body adjusting and some stretching will help. I may have overdone it a little yesterday, we’ll see.

Keep it positive…Peace..

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Injection Day

Today I had my first round of injections in my L4 L5 in the left lower lumbar area. Everything went well, in fact, it was quick and fairly painless. My friend Susan was my “driver” because I’m not allowed to drive for 12 hours after the procedure. I’m thankful to her for taking the time from work to do that for me. I said in my last post since doing physical therapy I have felt much better, but my physical therapist recommended I keep this appointment. So now I have to keep ice on the injection site which is a little sore but nothing major. The numbness has worn off a little my leg feels like I do when I go to the dentist, numb. I understand why they don’t won’t you drive when you have this procedure done. But I should be back to my normal routine tomorrow…YAY! My second injection is scheduled in two weeks but if I’m doing okay without any pain I can cancel if I don’t need it. I couldn’t take any pictures…no phones allowed 📵

There was no need for Susan to stay with me when I got home; I could get around just fine as long as I keep icing like I was instructed. Since I got home I ordered a pizza (I know, not the healthiest but cooking was out of the question) and I’ve been napping. I didn’t sleep well last night thinking about how today was going to go. It’s all good here moving forward, now time to get a new ice pack.

Have a good one~~

A Good Report! ✔

I had a session with Mindy, my physical therapist, today and she was very pleased with my progress. So much so I don’t have to go back until I start doing long runs or if I start having problems; that is fabulous news! She said I will probably need her again when I get up to about 8 miles or so. Now it’s not like I can go full throttle or anything she recommends me starting out with the couch to 5k program, and even if I feel like I can do more…TAKE IT SLOW. I still have, what I will call discomfort, but it is nothing like the pain I was feeling when I first started going to physical therapy. I also have to continue to strengthen or I will be back where I started. My injections are scheduled in two weeks, she recommends I keep the appointment because it can only help, so I will. But I feel so much better than I did a few months ago, someone even commented to me the other day, they could tell I was walking better. I know I am, I’m really excited to be able to get back out on the pavement even if is walking for 30-second intervals. It was some of the best news I’ve had in the last few weeks and I needed it!

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Determination

I was having dinner last evening with a friend and colleague who retired from the field a year ago; so we meet for lunch, dinner or a movie to stay in touch. We both have had a tasking week so met for some Tai food. Una is getting over a bad summer cold she was telling me about knitting a sweater for her granddaughter which she was very proud of when she was finished. She then saw a pattern for a shawl and she thought she would begin on that project. However, this proved to be a little more difficult than the sweater, and for her knitting was a relaxing fun thing to do. Doing this shawl wasn’t fun for her even when she got assistance she found herself more frustrated and decided not to do this pattern. It was at this point in her story she stopped, looked at me said, “I have to give you this compliment, you are one of the most determined people I know; you start something and you will plow through to get it done, it’s one of your biggest strengths I just want you to know that”.

Interesting how we are given messages just when we need them. It’s been kind of a tough two weeks. I found out last week I’m getting better with my physical therapy which was good news, however, I know I still a lot have a lot of work to do. I have to stay vigilant in order to meet the goal of getting back to running and the May 2018 Half-Marathon. I’ve also had some frustrations with working on my dissertation…ugh! I’ve had to revamp it, change it and I’ve wanted to just throw it out the window.  So when Una said this to me, first I said thank you, because it was nice of her to say.  Then I started thinking throughout my life I guess this was true. When I was a freshman in college, I went to my academic advisor for assistance, instead of offering me help, she told me “I don’t think you will graduate from college”. I will never forget that one! Needless to say, I did and without her help. There have been situations like that, hard times that it would have been easy to throw in the towel and many times I came close but didn’t.

When I started running and training for my first 5k, there moments I didn’t think I would make it I even wrote a post about it Remembering the “Why”—Week 5  I also called a friend of mine during that time, who said to me “Tammi have you ever set a goal you didn’t meet?” Again, I thought about and the answer was “no”. So I pushed through and finished my first 5k. The same held true for my first half-marathon. It funny how we can forget when we are in the middle of a difficult or frustrating time, that we may not make it; then someone comes along and reminds us of the challenges we’ve gotten through or why we are working towards a certain goal, like my friend Una did last night. And it always just when we need it…funny how God works.

This one of the main reason I push my clients as hard as I do; I know their potential and many of them have never had anyone in their corner to tell them they can achieve their goals and dreams. It can be a battle sometimes but excuses won’t get them there.f

Don’t Stop Believin’ and keep on pushin’ 👊

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Slow Progress….but Progress

Hi, all…I haven’t posted for awhile but I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve been doing my physical therapy the last several weeks, had my most recent session today. My physical therapist, Mindy told me today I was getting better she could tell I was improving! YAY! Great news! I still have good ways to go but hearing that I’m now making progress was fabulous. She said my alignment and mobility is better, my strength is improving too. Although I still some work to do she was excited by my progress, so was I. I’m not in nearly as much pain as I was it’s mostly uncomfortable and my heating pad helps with that, I can stand for longer periods time without pain. I thought I was getting better before today’s appointment but there’s nothing like confirmation from the professional.

I was supposed to have my injections this week but my doctor had an accident while cycling, he’s an ultra athlete, he was hurt pretty good so the injections had to be rescheduled for next month. So it’s physical therapy exclusively until then, although she did say I could do some walking, working my way up to 30-second intervals. She said I would be starting with the couch to 5k program. I was like I have to start at the beginning again?! Mindy said not exactly just doing the 30-second intervals to work my way back, “take it slow” she said 😆 I have some glute work to do; if I want to get back to running I have to strengthen the good ole bottom! I tell you I was weak all over! So now I have exercises added for that area. I was thinking the other day about possibly getting a Total Gym. It looks like a good way to get the strength training I need without going to an overcrowded gym waiting for a machine or trainers who don’t seem all that invested. That’s been my experience at my local Planet Fitness. Does anyone have one or ever used the Total Gym?

Other than my physical therapy I’ve been busy working on my dissertation that has been more of a daunting task than a thought it was going to be, taking care of things for my grandmother, who had a short stint in the hospital but she’s home now and doing well. Her new lift/recliner chair is being delivered tomorrow she’s looking forward to that. I also decided with the encouragement of my friend Barbara to register for the Greenbrier Half-Marathon next year on May 12, 2018. That gives me both something to work toward and look forward to doing. My name on my bib will be ComeBckKid. I had registered for this years half-marathon but due to all of this stuff, I was unable to participate. So it would be fitting to get back out there with this race.

I’m going to go on a short walk sometime this weekend and see how it goes. 🏃🏾‍♀️

 

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Two Year Running Anniversary

Today is the Firecracker 5k here in Charleston (WV) two years ago that was my very first 5k; my first official race. It’s been two years since I started the sport of running. As most of you who have been reading this blog know, the last time I ran was December 17, 2016, which was the Jingle Bell 5k. Its been a long day today my grandmother was in the ER all night (she’s fine) but during the long wait, I remembered the Firecracker 5k was today. I thought that was my very first race; here is the post about that day (Race Day). It was a rainy day and I was one of those people that swore I would never run “in the elements” but not only was our last practice run in the rain but race day itself was in the rain. Never say never right. There are two things that stand out the most to me about that day, well, three, the first is being really nervous the day of the race. I had no idea how I would do, it was raining, and I didn’t want to finish last. The second thing I remember is during the turn around the rain stopped, the sun came out and the way it parted the sky it seemed like it was a sign that I could finish that race. I had about a mile and a half to go and I kept telling myself if I can get to the end of this block I’ll be okay, that was my mantra for the rest of that race. The third thing I remember about the race is just as I crossed the finish line I had no idea they would call my name as I crossed, that was cool, but the moment I crossed I remember a feeling that was almost indescribable. I couldn’t stop smiling, I was also impressed with my time 48 minutes, in the rain!

I felt so high, in that moment, I knew I was going to be okay. You see I started the running program for several reasons one of which was to regain my self-confidence. I had been through a difficult experience and doing this running program was part of helping me work through it. I learned through the program it wasn’t about just the running it was more than that; it was about who I was as a person. I think that is why I miss it so much now. I get/got a lot from running. It was after that race I decided to start working on my doctorate degree, another goal 😊, Of course, a year after this 5k I thought I would see if could complete a half-marathon. Never in my life would I think I could do 13.1miles; this became a big challenge with an injury. But I did it and that milestone became one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.

On my two year running anniversary I have “a long way to go” as my physical therapist said to me before I can be back out there again (hopefully next spring) I wish you all great running, great races, and never give up on your goals. 😊

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Sitting Is Bad For You…Pass It On

I’ve been going to physical therapy a few weeks now my last session was yesterday. My physical therapist is pretty cool, Mindy is my regular one she was on vacation yesterday so I was with someone else yesterday, another woman, and I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember her name.  Both women are fabulous and strong or my body is truly weak 🤣They do several things to test the strength in my legs and my back. It looks like my hip and my pelvis are also not cooperating either. My pelvis was uneven but after a few adjustments and exercises, it was a little evener. I have found out the key is my core. It all lies in the core. Pulling in with my bellybutton can correct a myriad of things, including posture. When I asked why my hips and pelvis were not in their proper placement she said well when we sit whether it is in our cars or for me at a desk all day we sometimes tend to lean either right or left. In the car on the console or either direction of the computer on our desk. Apparently, even though a 5k was the most okay for me to run, longer distances my body may not have been totally ready handle, in part due to the fact that I sit for a living.

I have always said people who work in fast food restaurants, waitress, nurses, etc, are in good shape and now I really know they are probably better prepared to run long distances than I  am because their bodies are in constant motion; all they would need to is learn form, pacing, etc. However, I now have to learn how to walk properly, that will help strengthen my core and correct my posture. It’s the basic stuff we hear it all the time. Pull in your belly button and when I started doing it before I left PT yesterday, initially I felt like I was stiff as if I was holding my breath it was uncomfortable.  Until I relaxed a little, it was better and I could tell my posture was better too. I know now this is also how I should have been running.  I have to consciously practice doing this, not crossing my legs, to keep my alignment correct so I don’t curve my spine any further, (yep found that out too), but with a couple of adjustments she was able to make improvements there as well. Just as an added something to all of this I started riding the stationary bike for 20 minutes to help strengthen my left leg as well.

When I finished my session yesterday she told me I have a lot of work to do to get better actually what she said was, “you have a long way to go”. I have mixed feelings about that statement. One that I got to this point in the first place but on the other hand I’m on the road to recovery, quite the mixed bag. My injections are scheduled for July 18th and she said that will help a lot.

The moral of the story if you sit get up and walk a few times a day it’s much better for you than sitting all day…

Have a good one..and keep on movin’ 😊