I’m not good at sitting.
I can sort of handle it in the office. When I’m busy. But I still require at 30 minutes of walking at lunch. When I work from home I have to get up and poi or hoop for a minute every hour. Unfortunately, this last week both my back and leg have had me spending lots of time of the couch – not cool.
Last weekend Kyle and went to an indoor trampoline park called Sky Zone. It’s pretty much as awesome as it sounds – trampoline covered floors and walls, a foam pit to jump into, basketball nets, etc. I had been wanted to check out a place like this since before I broke my leg. And despite us going on a Saturday while the place was full and kids having birthday parties, it was awesome. I didn’t dunk a basket. I didn’t do an flips, but I got my fill of trampolines and loved every (exhausting) second of it.
But as we walked out, my leg felt funny. Not like, “F*ck it’s broken,” just kinda funny. I forgot the next day (typical) and took a 3ish mile hike with Kyle and Rascal and it felt a little funnier. So I laid off the activity (by which I mean, I worked on foot hooping because it’s non weight bearing). I was still worried as the week started so I called my ortho office. And because they rock they called me back 45 minutes later and the doc said some tendons had probably rubbed against the plate wrong as I was probably fine.
As I’m continuing this “not moving” thing, nervously hoping my leg discomfort goes the f*ck away, my back starts up. Um, what? What started as a “Wow, I slept weird” pain turned in a “Sit on the bed with the heating pad and don’t twist at all” pain.
I’m becoming a veteran of random pains and potential injuries.
And simultaneously getting (a little) better at “not overdoing it.”
The trick, of course, is keeping myself occupied and comfortable. Easier said that done. But for once I was able to go into “resting” with a game plan (unlike when I was on crutches and pretty much panicked when they said, “Crutches now!”).
How to “Take it Easy” when you really don’t wanna:
One: Take a moment to worry and work out the worst case scenario. It doesn’t work for everyone, but I know I feel better after giving myself a moment to freak out. Once it’s out of my system, I tell myself I CAN handle the worst case scenario. And move on.
Two: Get Cozy. This time around this included propping myself up with lots of pillows with my heating pad and borrowed TENS machine nearby. It also meant being patient in prepping meals for myself. The process took a little longer, but was absolutely wort it. French pressed coffee and ground cherry coffee cake:
Three: Get Amused. Make mental list of of things you can still do! Believe or not, there are a lot. I can blog! I can organize recipes (that’s not a weird thing to enjoy, right? :P), I can catch up on all the Boardwalk Empire I can handle.
Four: If you can, stretch! This is something I absolutely did not do when I was on crutches and I really regret it. I became so disconnected my body and just stiff overall. Since my back started hurting I’ve been keeping it simple with bow pose, child’s pose, very slow forward bends, and lots of cat/cow. I’ve also been “foam rolling” with a tennis ball.
On the hole my back is much better, though still not where it should be. And my leg is still making me hella nervous (but it always does – crutches are a real fear, folks). Hopefully I won’t be sticking to this plan much longer. But if I have to, I’ll be alright. And knowing that makes all the difference.