What I WANT to be doing; not what I am
I am not athletic. I played no sports in high school (Unless you count marching band and you SHOULD because it could be pretty intense.) I was/am bad a pretty every sport. I could kind of play tennis (I still can't serve) and when we did aerobics I got into it. But for everything else I was hopeless.
I was always a walker, but I
didn't become a serious walker until 2011. During the warm months I try to put
in 3-5 miles (or more) a day. During the colder/darker months, I do walk
aerobics inside. Or a use a portable exercise bike pedals.
I have never in my 50+ years
had a real sports injury. There was one time almost 10 years ago when I
was in a hurry and tried to run home and ended up pulling something that put me
in pain and had me going to the doctor, but that was it. Not to jinx it,
but I haven't had a (confirmed) broken bone. (I may have broken my little
toe on my right foot in college, but I never saw a medical professional.)
I've never worn a brace or had to ice anything.
That has changed and I'm a
total wussy mess (over nothing).
It may have started last
week. I noticed that my left leg/knee felt a little weak after
exercising. I did limp a little bit after exercising two days last week,
but it went away. And to be honest, I didn't do the walk/aerobics bit
that much last week. (Maybe the last day was Thursday.) On Saturday I was
on my feet a lot (working in my local thrift shop, walking around the civic
center in the rain for the holiday fair) and on Sunday I did some walking as
well, but all seemed good. Monday morning, I got up and did about 40
minutes of walk aerobics and my left leg/knee didn't feel right and started
hurting. And thus began the fun.
I have no idea exactly what's
wrong, but on Monday I R(ested) I(ced) C (ompressed) E(levated). Putting
weight on my left leg was a killer. I used a cane. I pretty much
had to stay sitting in front of a computer all day with my leg on a pillow on
top of a small garbage can. I dreaded having to go to the bathroom.
(Which isn't very far away). I confess, when I had to go downstairs, I
considered sitting on my behind and sliding down as well as crawling back
up. I really couldn't do much of anything and it drove me CRAZY.
I may not be athletic, but I am
active. When I work from home I am up and down all the time. I
can't just sit there. I move around. And not doing that drove me
nuts. Trying to do anything hurt like a...well you can figure out the
Today (Tuesday) it seems a
little better, which tells me I'm going the right thing and need to continue to
do so. But I'm NOT a patient person. (I'm also good a good patient
according to my husband.) I have things I want/need to do and I can't do
them. And I have no idea how long this is going to last...which is
probably what bugs me the most. I'm a planner. I'm an organizer.
I'm a doer. I'm up and down the stairs in the house all the time.
This is NOT working for me. I want this fixed NOW. (Yes, I know
that's not going to happen.)
So as I sit here miserable, if
anyone has any advice, I'm all ears. I'm willing to try just about
anything to get me up and about, so have at it!