Getting Out More

I had another visit with the massage therapist again today. It took a few days of sleeping with heating pads to start to feel better, but I did get better. Then last night I started feeling tight in my back and went back in today to see if it would help.

Let me say that when you are in pain, and when you have muscles giving you problems, it shouldn’t be called a massage. Maybe muscle therapy would be ok. A massage makes you think of a nice relaxing rub down that leaves you feeling cozy and comfy. That is not what my hour sessons are like at all! And, oh my God, it hurt. My pain isn’t in my butt anymore, but across my lower back. She told me that it makes sense that I’m having this problem since I’m having to power through everything with my hips. She said it’s like lifting weights with one arm all day long, it makes you sore. And I’ve been using my back to do simple things since January. So I guess I was due for some problems. I’ve also had lots of comments from other women going through breast reconstruction that have had similar pain.

Hot stone massage is delightful, and I don’t think I’ll ever pass up that opportunity again. But for one hour today all she did was work on my shoulders and my lower back and it was amazingly painful. When I dressed and left the room I felt exhausted. I felt like I had just been beat up. Tonight I’m very sore, she told me I would be, and I can’t wait to lay down with the heating pad again.

I really wanted to get the massage done today because tomorrow I leave to start my journey to San Felipe, Baja. There is a big race there this weekend. I’m going on a personal trip, not related to NORRA. I have a lot of friends that will be racing, or down there to support different teams, so I’m headed down there for a few days of fun. I’m meeting one of my Team Courage teammates, Betsy, and spending the night with her, then we’ll cross the boarder Friday morning. We’ve been invited to a huge clam bake, and we’ve rented a house on the ocean. I am so excited! Last year during the Mexican 1000 I never had a chance to visit the ocean or the Sea of Cortez. I love the ocean and it was sad to be so close and not be able to enjoy it. So I’m thrilled to be going down there again without any schedule at all. I can’t wait! Then I’ll return for a week and a half before going back out to Colorado for a week and a half to be with Jamie during his spring break. I’m sure I’ll enjoy that more than he will, but I’m going to try!

So, the frogs and the coyotes are singing, letting me know it’s time to relax for the night.

Comments

  1. I visit the beach vicariously with you and the desert every time you go. “Painfully amazing” is how I leave every massage, thank you for those words. Michele, if you are ever in doubt of anything, remember you are my real life Hero. If Jaime doesn’t see that in you then our hope and future is lost. He will enjoy it I promise, and look back on it fondly and tell his great grand children what an amazing mother he has. Have fun, for noth of us, tell Besty Hello and all my love to you both, Peace, Kelley Michelle.

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