Sunday, August 25, 2013

Almost spring


I was finally feeling much better over the weekend. I did a little gardening in the spring-like weather on Sunday. Today I did my first dancing for well over a week. I made it to half an hour and had to stop, dizzy and exhausted. Oh well, I'll have to build back up to it. I am way behind my husband on the Crew Challenge of Dance Central 2.

I am so looking forward to spring. I am sick of the cold and rain and general dreariness. We've had a couple of nice days now, where it was pleasant to be outdoors (still in a jumper, though). I miss being able to go for a walk, it has generally been too miserable to spend any time outside. But soon! Already, it is still light for most of my driving-the-kids-around after school instead of the early darkness of mid-winter.

I tore my shoulder tendon nearly three years ago, and because I had lots of ongoing shoulder problems anyway I didn't realise what the problem was - I kept using it for months and trying to keep it moving instead of resting it - until I finally had an ultrasound. It took quite a while to heal and then I was left with a very stiff shoulder. I haven't been able to do up my own bra for all that time, three years!, which is particularly annoying after exercise when I have no one to help me. Well, I still can't, but I've made a lot of progress recently. For a long time I couldn't get my hand behind my back at all, now I can at least touch my thumb to the small of my back. Not so far from the bra hooks. I don't know if I'll ever have full mobility back - I only have about 90% in the right shoulder after problems 13 years ago - but honestly I will be so happy when I can do up my own bra again. I do have one front-fastening one, but it is an unsupportive post-mastectomy thing (I haven't had a mastectomy) that was the only one I could find. Anyway, I am trying to get some mobility back in the shoulder and it seems to be working.

Feeling ready to come out of hibernation.


  1. Oh, Spring in Canberra is lovely! At least, as I remember it. All the bulb flowers bursting forth everywhere, daffodils & irises and my personal favourites, tulips. :)
    How have the winds been? I seem to remember some ferocious winds in August. Lazy winds that wouldn't go around you, they'd try to go straight through you!
    As I'm still reading my way through your archive, I remember your posts about your shoulder. I can't believe all this time you haven't had full mobility back! I'm so pleased to read that your flexibility is coming back! Hopefully some more Dance Central 2 will help loosen it up.

    Glad to know you're feeling better overall too.

  2. Thanks Sunny! We already have daffodils and jonquils in the garden, and today I walked past my neighbour's tree covered in little pink blossoms and it smelled delicious. Some of the winds have been bad, straight from the snow-covered mountains, but still days are lovely. Although I don't enjoy mid-winter or mid-summer, in many ways it is lovely to be in a place which really shows the change of seasons; bulbs in spring and leaves in autumn and bare winter. Sydney, where I grew up, is much more temperate.