Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Woman Who Knows "Moderation" Wouldn't Have This Stash

So, if you had injured yourself about 6 weeks ago, had undergone physical therapy for the past month, and your therapist told you that getting stronger through exercise would really help your progress, what would you do?  Start slowly?  Remember that your injury might still be healing and act accordingly?  Or go hog-wild with a week of Pilates, walking, hill-climbing on the treadmill, weight-lifting and the elliptical trainer?  Anyone want to take a guess which was my approach?

The spine doctor was concerned about the other hip turning, but thinks that I probably overdid (me?) and that the treadmill was too much impact for my hips at this stage, so I have been given permission to 1. swim, 2. weight lift with only low weights and large numbers of repetition, 3. do beginning Pilates.  NOTHING else.  And have earned myself 4 more weeks of physical therapy for my misbehavior.

The funny thing is, I did know I would be relatively dangerous to myself when I started feeling good and could start trying to regain some sort of "normal" activity level, but I guess a lot of things about my life are explained when I say I thought I was taking it easy.  I was walking on the treadmill--not running--just like the doctor said, but I guess the part that we failed to clarify is that setting the silly thing on an incline at a pretty fast clip no longer counts as "no impact" in the physical therapy world.  Whoops. 

Frustrated AND impatient is probably when I am at my most idiotic, so I took myself to the pool this afternoon and spent an hour swimming and walking laps in the water to rebuild strength with no possible way of causing further injury to myself (I think).  While I'm not sure he actually had that much exercise in mind, I don't think he would disapprove, and now I feel like I have exactly one month to get these turning hips to permanently stay where they're supposed to while I have a therapist to get me back into alignment if I need it. And if I'm feeling under pressure, how likely am I to be able to do anything in moderation?  When have I been able to manage it when I'm NOT under pressure???  I may have to increase that pool time to two hours...................

I Have Discovered A New Category of Knitting

Meet "the sulks" knitting:
Yesterday--after waking up two mornings in a row with painful back spasms, which hasn't happened in at least a month or more--I had my last physical therapy appointment, only to discover that the other hip had turned slightly, and was causing the same problems on the other side of my back.  I see the spine specialist today, but how the other side has gotten turned is anyone's guess, because the physical therapy exercises have worked both sides equally, and I've grown so strong that some of the exercises have had to be made more difficult.  I came home depressed, to say the least, and curled up with my self pity and knitting.

The yarn is Knit Picks Decadence, which was discontinued quite a while ago, and as the balls were leftover from a sweater I made, I hadn't bothered to add them to Ravelry, but since I still have quite a bit left now
I have added it.   I think I can get a second hat out of this, so perhaps it won't be in stash long.  Of course, I obviously think that about all yarn--otherwise I wouldn't have so very much of it.

Speaking of yarn that probably wasn't in the stash, I started this scarf yesterday
with a partial ball of yarn that I don't think was on my stash.  This colorway--one of my favorites ever--was discontinued a few years ago, so I scooped up a frightful amount of it on Ravelry, but I don't think this little 3/4 of a hank had made it on there.  For my own sanity--since this seems to be such an ongoing pattern this year--I have decided to embrace my stash this year rather than be so overwhelmed by it.  I have options, I have some great yarn.  I may even find MORE options as the year goes on, and I will enjoy knitting every darn ball of it.  I will even try to focus more on the wonderful finished objects I end up with than the yardage I use up, though I can't give up tracking it......:)