January 7, 2010

Glad to have a friend like you

I can tell people are praying. Since my last blog post, my mood has improved, I'm actually enjoying Mom Kim. Best of all, I think Jrex told her that I'm feeling down because of the miscarriage. It means she's been giving me space and not talking to me every second that I'm awake. This morning, as soon as Jrex left our room, she came out and chattered to him in Korean as he made the coffee. When Jrex left to walk the dog, she went back in her room and didn't come out again until we both were getting ready to leave. As a non-morning person, that worked very well for me!

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In an unrelated drama, Tuesday was a perfect storm. I've always had a slight "pelvic tilt" with my right leg being a little longer than the left. This has led to a fallen arch on my left foot and lately, a sore left knee if I hike too long or climb too hard. In the past few weeks, it's taken less and less for my knee to ache.

The perfect storm? I haven't been biking since early December. Yesterday I biked to work. I wore high heeled sneakers (very cute). I sat on my balance ball (which puts strain on my knees to hold me in position) and I pushed myself climbing that night. I came home, took some ibuprofen and then had a VERY long night where I couldn't really get comfortable and had waves of pain every time I moved. When I walked to the bathroom in the morning any weight on my left leg was followed by a wave of nausea. Even sitting on the side of the bed with a bent knee made me want to throw up. My home doc did a quick exam and recommended calling my primary doc to get referrals for physical therapy and a podiatrist (for better orthotics).

My creative director is a wonderful man and he told me to stay home and rest the leg. My doctor fit me in. The most comforting thing though was having my climbing partner, Graceful, visit that evening. She's a rehab doc. Her exam was thorough and her explanation of my body mechanics made a lot of sense. There's nothing wrong with any tendons or ligaments (phew!!!). Rather, because of my body's 'assymetry', there's wear and tear on the muscles in my left leg. The places that the muscles attach are the main areas that get sore (my hip and the inside of my knee). It's 'just' muscle fatigue; therefore a good physical therapist should be able to help me compensate for my assymetry and equip my body to handle it better.

I like having friends who know people, or who ARE The Person.

7 comments:

Snickollet said...

Wow, that pain sounds intense. Take care of yourself. I'm glad Graceful was able to give you such good advice. Can she recommend a good PT for you?

Inkling said...

Peeking in for just a second while the grandparents are having fun. Thank you for all around just being an awesome blogger friend. I appreciate you and am praying for you during this visit time. Thanks for praying for me too.

Asianmommy said...

So sorry that you're in pain. Hope you feel better soon!

Mama Nabi said...

I think my sister has some kind of asymmetry going on as well - and I believe yoga has helped out tremendously...

Aimee said...

I'm glad that PT can help you. I think Mama Nabi's suggestion of yoga may be helpful. I'm thinking of enrolling Abbie in a yoga class when she's big enough to help her stretch out. I hope you feel better soon and am happy Mom K is giving you space.

OTR sister said...

Wow, girl, you're messed up.

Michael said...

praying