I have been at this stage before, many times in fact but usually am able to move on and keep pressing. The stage I refer to is having to recover from a relatively short stressor to my back, neck etc and wondering if I am going about it the right way. The stressor was a short trip to New Orleans for 2 days of the Jazz and Heritage Festival (4 days total). We did this 3 years ago with friends and the traveling was not miserable. This year unfortunately it was.
Sitting too long, standing too long and not being able to lie down when my neck starts to warn me of an impending migraine is generally a bad idea. I did get a few moderate headaches but the main issue was near debilitating pain in the low back and upper mid back after the 2nd Festival day. I am nursing some type of tendonitis in my foot I presume from running so I have not been able to run or keep my body loose with exercise so I believe this to be part of the problem. We ate and drank too much as we expected but after a long night’s sleep and a nap my body is trying to tell me that I have to change some things. I was fully expecting to be able to ride, lift or do something active today and I have only been able to lie around. I am not used to it and really have to wait until tomorrow when I go back to work to see what I am going to get.
Rest, more recovery and not stressing about the inevitable weight gain is going to have to be something I am more OK with than I have in the past. . . maybe. My goal for the rest of the day is to not fret or beat myself up over it and make sure I also get sleep tonight so I can be sharp for work tomorrow.
On a brighter note before we left for the trip I did have a patient of mine who was 3 months post hip replacement. He also has pretty significant lower back arthritis and pain and I was worried about how he would be doing. He told me that he was motivated by my story and decided that he was not going to let pain ruin his life. He has a new relationship with it and had a completely different attitude about what it meant for him and about how he would deal with bad days. #littlevictories