Back? Thankful Thursday

Since becoming fully ambulatory, I’ve been back to aqua fitness classes at the YMCA. I can’t manage some of the moves because my left ankle is permanently at a 90-degree angle; things like squatting, standing on tiptoes, pointing toes, and jumping just don’t happen but I do what I can.  And since walking is an exercise I enjoy, I’ve also been glad to have a modified shoe with a rocker-bottom that simulates the bending my ankle cannot accomplish.  My neighbor saw me walking today and was surprised to see that I wasn’t limping. I guess the shoe works!

At aqua fitness yesterday, a few of us asked the instructor about additional ways to strengthen our cores. She then modeled several and we tried them out. Apparently I was too enthusiastic with one of them because by the time I had showered and dressed after the class ended, my back was sending pain messages — the kind of pain messages that increased from the parking lot to my own garage.  Thankfully, I had a current Rx for a muscle relaxer (ankle fusion and leg spasms are a fun mix); a single pill plus two glasses of water and an ice pack later, I was no longer quite so bad off — at least as long as the medication was still working. Bedtime routine included additional fluids (not just water), 1000mg of Tylenol and a Benedryl to help me fall asleep.shut up liver, you're fine

Today was a rest day, but I can carefully bend over to put on socks and shoes so I took a walk through the neighborhood. Tomorrow I plan to gingerly return to the pool, taking care to not strain or pull that back muscle again. Yeowch!
I think I know what maneuver did me the disservice of pulling a muscle, so I’ll be avoiding that one.

4 thoughts on “Back? Thankful Thursday

  1. I’m so happy you are back in the pool and walking again. I am not at all happy you hurt yourself. Hope you are feeling better.

  2. I bet it feels SO GOOD to get active again! That sounds like a welcome kind of pain, you overdid it, but your body is getting back into the swing. And you don’t limp! Sweet!
    I do have a dream of joining a gym with an indoor pool one day…there isn’t one near us, and as long as kids live under my roof time does not allow, but I heard of a really nice one about 20 minutes away. Hopefully it’s still open when G graduates!

  3. Over doing it & being enthusiastic can takes it toll. Glad you took the precautions to heal.
    It is good that you are still willing to jump on the movement band wagon. Way to go Karen!!

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