When Back Pain Is Not Really Back Pain After All

For the last few weeks I have been suffering with some middle back pain or what I thought was back pain. After making yet another trip to the doctor, I now was told I have a dislocated rib. Fabulous….just what I need. No wonder it hurts every time I take a breath! So as you can imagine, I was told to rest, use ice and heat, and rest some more. I just had to laugh, me rest…can you even imagine? Ice and heat…sure….when I have time maybe. Again…I laughed even harder at this one.

Which meant after receiving this diagnosis mid week, my workouts became nothing. And to make things even more funny, we had already made plans for an trial run of sleeping in our SUV overnight while camping. And lets face it, if the good old doc would have told me that this would have been a bad idea I would of laughed hysterically at this one. So I decided not to tell him our plans….and continue on with this fun adventure. More on this later in the week….

Here is what a week of pain and rest was like for me:

Sunday: 3 mile evening walk and a nine basket game of disc golf

Monday: 3 mile evening walk and an abdominal workout at home

Tuesday: crunches and 30 minutes on the recumbent bike

Wednesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, stretching

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday:rest

On the flip side of things, I did not cook dinner one single night this week. HOORAY!!!! My boys took over the kitchen and wow, can my son cook. We had chili rellenos for the first time ever. YUUMMMM!!!! He did a fabulous job and knows exactly what his mom likes.

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My husband made his specialty of bacon cheesewiches….which was one of his family favorites apparently, when they were growing up. Good…odd…but oh so good.

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And grilled brats and sushi were all on the menu for the rest of the week. It was great to be able to sit back and relax while someone else figured out dinner for once.

Here to hoping next week I feel better and can manage workouts and lifting kids all at the same time.

A Look Back At May And What’s To Come For June

Here is a little recap of the month of May 2015.

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Fishing in the boat for the first time in 2015

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Our first big hike of 2015

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Finally getting my lifestyle back after an injury

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Our first kayaking trip of 2015

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It’s been quite a whirlwind month for us. As for June, it’s even crazier. With a visit to a friends cabin, a weekend garage sale to clear out the growing pile in our basement of things we no longer need/want, kayaking, hopefully standup paddling depending on my ankle, and to the beginning of our training plan for our up coming vacation. Life is looking somewhat overwhelming although, it’s exactly how I like it to be.

Do you fill your summertime calendar with busy, fun activities?

Or are you one to leave the weekends for rest and relaxation?

 

A Quote From My Husband….

After this past weekend my husband stated this to me in these exact words,”I need to go back to work just to rest and recover.” Ahhhhh, a little tiny part of me felt bad for him but a really big part of me was thinking, what in the world is he going to do this coming weekend when we have three days to play outside?

It all started when I decided about 10 a.m. on Saturday morning that I was done with that boot! The sun was shining, it was hot, and I was determined to have some fun. However, I had another type of anchor(my husband) that stuck pretty close by the entire weekend to make sure I did not over do anything and reinjure that ankle.Quickly we did our chores around the house. He cut the lawn and I washed our car and my boot to be able to pack it away for next time.(Did I really just say there would be a next time? Gosh, I hope not!)

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With all our chores done, it was time to have some fun. We started with a two mile walk on a trail.

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It felt so good to have a shoe on again:)

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We saw so much wildlife and so many wild flowers. All the trees we walked past were in full bloom and the scent was amazing.

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After our walk, we headed home for some dinner and then I told him I was not quite done. It was still so beautiful outside that I wanted to savor every second. So he agreed to play a quick game of disc golf with me.

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We then returned home once again and he was done. Nothing I suggested he was willing to do or let me do alone for the matter. So the day was over. However, my mind was already working on Sunday plans.

Sunday brought a little sun and some clouds with the possibility of storms in the afternoon. So we put it in high gear, we needed to get in some fun and exercise before the rain. We wasted no time. He loaded up our boat and I packed the cooler and we headed to the water.

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We returned from fishing/boating to originally take a hike along the Bay of Green Bay. However, after checking the forecast we decided it would be better just to walk in the neighborhood. We left with the mind set that I would try and make the three mile route we normally walk. I amazed myself by actually completing it without any pain in my ankle at all. This was a great sign for me. This is the same walk that use to put me in pain for hours afterwards due to my ankle injury. I was pretty happy to be pain free.

Upon our return home the rain started and continued for awhile. Which also meant our day was cut a little shorter than planned but we still had fun. I missed my jammed packed weekends of adventure and I am so happy to have them back.

This week will be a week full of walking with my kiddos during the day and working on making my ankle stronger with my therapy exercises and workouts. My hope is that I can possibly attempt my standup paddle board this up coming long weekend. Although, regardless of whether this happens or not, we have enough other events planned that I will not be disappointed either way. Let’s just hope that my husbands employer does not have a lot on his to do list come Tuesday……he will be ready to rest and recover for sure after I am done with him for three days!

Do you prefer relaxing weekends or busy fun weekends?

 

 

Ok, So I Am Starting To Go A Little Crazy!

I almost have two weeks into this ankle immobilization and it’s starting to make me a little crazy. Not so much with the actual boot itself, honestly I kinda like wearing it. I am not on guard as much about someone bumping into it with the boot on. That being said, I am tired of sitting…..really tired of sitting. This toes over nose thing is getting to me.

Last weekend, I sat in the truck at a boat launch waiting for my son and husband while they paddled a near by river with their kayaks. Total bummer!

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Then I came home and I sat on a chair talking with my husband as he worked in the garage. After this became boring, I grabbed my kindle and finished a book I had started while sitting on the porch outside. I did get up to make dinner…..thank goodness we need to eat. Then I again, sat on the porch outside to eat my dinner. After dinner it started to get cool outside so I came in and crashed on the couch, leg propped, and watch some television…..another total bummer. I swear I can feel my derriere expanding by the hour from lack of activity. Although so far, I have kept it together and not exploded with frustration…. yet.

As for the good things that have happened recently, there are a few. I hung my first few loads of laundry outside this year. I love fresh hung laundry! We ate our first meals of the year on the front porch again.

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We slept one night without having to turn the furnace back on. Our temps all week have been gorgeous so open windows during the day and fresh air have been the best! Our landscaping is all done, which officially finishes the list of chores to do before we can enjoy summer. However, I don’t think getting into a kayak with this anchor on my foot is a good idea. And I have my first tan line of the summer. Take a guess where…..right where that boot meets my knee. Can you imagine what my legs will look like in another two weeks? One will be nicely tan and the other will be completely white! A fabulous thought that is.

Anyhow, a few hours from now another weekend will be upon us. Obviously, nothing too exciting here is planned but I sure hope you all find something fun to do.

 

A Speed Bump I Was Not Prepared For

I finally feel as if I am back on the right track again…..thankfully. As you all know we have been training for our desert trip coming up here shortly. Everything was going very good until I heard the dreaded POP and immediately it hurt to breathe more than I could have ever imagined.

Let’s back up a bit. Over Christmas break I was pretty excited about all the workouts I would get in without having to tend to my normal work routine, wife routine, mom routine, and so on. Obviously, we had a few family gatherings to attend with the holiday’s and all, but in between all that, I was seriously going to concentrate on exercise. We were at the gym and just finishing up our workout when I extended that last repetition and something popped. The look on my face must have said it all because my husband knew immediately something was wrong. He then replaced all the weights that we had out and we headed to the locker rooms. The pain was almost unbearable but it was my breathing that had me so concerned. Every breath I took was like someone stabbing me. After a few hours, a very gentle back massage, and an emergency phone call to my chiropractor to see if he could fit me in the next morning, I decided to the best thing to do was to just hold still and try not to breathe more than necessary.

The very next morning I met with my chiropractor and he knew immediately what I did. He told me I had a dislocated rib and that is why it hurts to breathe. Well then, I was shocked that this could even happen much less that he suggested that I let him try to put it back where it belongs!!!! Panic was my immediate thought. I can’t breathe without it hurting much less have him press on me without feeling like I may crack in half!!! So I sucked it up, laid on the adjustment table and he did his thing. I thought I was going to pass out, but when he got it to move it was immediate relief. Tragedy averted. I was able to move, breathe and only had soreness in my back for a few more days, but nothing severe. The big question I had was, will this happen again??? He said it could, to take it easy and not over do it……ha….apparently he does not know what we do for fun as a family:) I said ok and left thinking to myself, in a few weeks I am going to be rock scrambling in the Mojave Desert…..I hope that qualifies as taking it easy!

Then, just as the pain from all this was subsiding my husband decided to share his respiratory illness with me. So that made for four really bad days of sinus pain and headaches that ultimately made me best friends with my couch.

Today however I feel completely back on track. I had two great workouts last week and spent this past weekend in the gym both days.

 

Listening To My Body Is Not Always Easy

Happy Friday everyone….it has been a gorgeous sunny week here in Green Bay and we have taken full advantage of every second, which is why I have not blogged since Monday, sorry!

With October upon us I must say it’s getting a little cold for my blood to spend a great deal of time outdoors but I am still savoring the moments without a winter jacket, hat, and scarves. I have broke out my gloves but I don’t mind them as much. I do have to admit, I have been taking it easy on the workouts lately due to some ankle issues that have decided to haunt me. That being said, I have still made it to the gym at least twice a week and we still take a short daily walk every morning. Our evening walk of three miles has been what has suffered the most. If I find myself chasing the kids all day I have been opting out of pushing it further at night with a walk. Although, if my pain level is still tolerable by dinner then we take it slow and easy. I have been wrapping it and icing it as much as possible but that is nearly impossible during working hours. So all in all, I could be doing less to hurt less but for my mental health, I need to exercise to tolerate everything else life throws my way, so I live with the pain.

Anyhow let’s move on. We made our first batch of pumpkin muffins this week and they were all gone in two days. Yes, 12 muffins in two days, gone. Unbelievable! Everyone loved them, obviously.

Our son has started creating his website to promote his photography and it is coming along beautifully. He is loving his photography classes and is turning into quite the busy person between work, school, and photo shoots for family and friends. It’s simply amazing what he finds to capture with his camera. He has mentioned that when he is done with his website I will be allowed to post a link for all my readers, so be watching for this in the near future.

This weekend we have some spectacular weather predicted and I can not wait to get out and soak up some sunshine. There has been talk of maybe taking the fishing boat out one last time before storing it for the winter. We may sneak in a hike depending on how my ankle feels or even possibly a game of disc golf somewhere. Who really knows at this point except that I am sure we will find something to do that is fun in the outdoors.

Have a great weekend everyone;-)