So, when my right elbow started to hurt at the retreat in Garrison I kind of ignored it.
Then, when I was hiking and crying and cursing over my knee at the Frost Valley retreat I realized I really, REALLY needed to do something about the pain my whole body was in.
Over the years I have done physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercised through the pain, A. R. T., meditation, many, many does of Motrin - pretty much the full gamut of how to fix stuff.
Last Monday I knew the time had come to act. I called my orthopedist to schedule an appointment. When they asked me what was wrong I said a litany of things and that the doctor could decide just what to do with me. When I got to the office I laughed when I saw my sticker - it said "extended office visit."
The long and the short of it is that I have tennis elbow, again, but this time in my right elbow. Please note I do NOT play tennis. I had an x-ray of my elbow and my right knee to make sure nothing was broken. I have an MRI scheduled for next Monday on my knee. Because you know, the meniscus really freaking hurts. In a totally surprising move I got a cortisone shot in my Achilles. The upside is the pain may go away in a couple of more days. The down side is it makes it a tad more susceptible to rupturing. In which case, I will have the surgery, clear out the scar tissue and be all better. I need a brace for my arm - the store was all out. I should have a brace for my Achilles. I will be on that later. I am taking anti inflammatory meds so the swelling goes down.
I am going back to very little gluten and lots of food that are better for me.
ACT if you have ongoing pain. If it was one of our kids we'd be on it in a heart beat. We are useless if we're in pain, so, get on it.
I am landlocked for the next week until we see what the MRI says. Then, I can elliptical, swim, ride a bike and walk. My pretend running of 5k's is a thing of the past; I am not devastated by this. I can do yoga. I may still fight about any and every bird pose, but I will keep trying.
IN ADDITION, I am thisclose to my first retreat. I am looking at Martin Luther King weekend. By that time we will have had the cherubs home from school for a while and WE will need time for US. It could be THE perfect gift you ask for. Details to follow.
When it's time, get moving.
After you've reflected and meditated, waited, prayed, and reaffirmed, act. Act on your instincts. Act without delay. Send the letter. Make the call. Pack the box. Issue the invitation. Get on the plane. Act already! ct with your own best interests at heart. Act in accordance with your most closely held values. Act mindfully. Act on behalf of the very young or the very old or the very needy. Now and then, act half your age. Act out in your own living room, act up in public. Strut around and act as though you own the joint. Act like the woman you've always wanted to be - and don't act surprised when suddenly you are!