In my quest for life-long learning this week, I’ve decided, through trial and error, that I’m not getting any younger. I know this because of an injured hip.
I’ve always been active. I love the feeling after exercise; it’s like I’m clean on the inside. Blood is racing through my body. Exercise is the best medicine, I often quote, but how much is too much? When young, I was a swimmer and taught swimming at the Y, managed Champlin Pool here in town and taught water exercise. I taught classes all over town and even at home pools. In the evenings after supper in good weather, the kids and I would walk, or I would jog in an effort to keep my weight down. I still walk my dog in good weather and exercise at the Y. I’ve had two (eekkk!) back surgeries, but still I work out. I know better than to sit down in a rocking chair now that I’ve retired.
Then I hurt my hip back in the fall just by squatting (not leaning over) and picking up a small thing off the floor. My hip has been yelling at me ever since. Some nights after coming in from my core strength class at the Y, I had shooting pains all the way to my ankle and knew it was a nerve being pinched. I finally got tired of the pain and went to the doctor. An x-ray was performed. No, it is not broken, cracked, or anything serious (unless you count the excruciating pain). He said I had calcium deposits from an old injury and to take this medicine, massage the area and pretend it didn’t hurt. Sigh. I didn’t hope for something serious, but somehow this didn’t seem like anything worth going to the doctor over. But the anti-inflammatory I’m now taking orally seems to be helping. I massage the area that hurts. I think it is getting better.
I think next week instead of core strength, I’ll just use the treadmill and weights at the Y and give the hip time to rest. The moves in the class are making it worse and it needs time to heal. But still I will move. Not moving is the worst thing I could do.
So, what have you learned this week? Do you listen to your body and try to help it? Tell me what you think.