My desire to support my friend, the yoga instructor, created an injury for me. I went to her class yesterday and was having a difficult time getting through it. She teaches at a much slower pace than I am accustomed to. I force myself to stay not wanting to hurt her feelings. Mistake #1. I didn't get much out of the class outside of a tweak to my sacrum that I felt the remainder of the day. I tried to rest and stay off of it before heading into work. I arrive at work and immediately feel the injury. I had not thrown it out of place but it definitely was tweaked. I take a few alleve and hope for the best. I tense up every time someone walks by me and I get irritated at my co-workers lack of personal space. Seriously, I was tense and hyper aware of my surroundings. My ability to bend from my waist was the issue. So refilling a water was challenging.
I couldn't wait to get home, take a bath and use a heating pad. By the time I got home from work, I no longer was interested in a bath. I wanted to go to bed. And, I scrapped the heating pad and opted for ice. It's always ice for the first 24 hours and then add heat. I slept, fitfully, and woke to find that I had improved a little. I do not enjoy taking pain medication to mask pain. I would rather confront it, head on, and work to a solution. I took 3 alleve yesterday and felt bad about it. So, I stretched to strengthen my sacrum, swore I would start doing sit ups to strengthen my core (the opposite of back pain) and went on-line. I didn't want to have to go to a chiropractor for this. I knew that I had not completely thrown it out. Plus, I don't know of any chiropractors in Santa Fe. Sure, I could call Melody and ask her who she could refer. I am certain that she could help me in that regard.
I was not at that point yet. I stretched. I used arnica cream, my heating pad, ice. I consulted the internet to see if there were any additional stretches that I was unfamiliar with. Of course, there are. I found a series of three videos that would address sacrum pain and how to stretch. Mid second video my back pops slowly into place and I feel relief. Eureka! I feel so much better.
I know that I must be soft with my movements tonight and continue to stretch and baby my sacrum. It is not a quick recovery. It's all about strengthening. I will return to yoga tomorrow. In Albuquerque...there is not a class here on Saturdays that inspires me. I have the day off and can make the most of it. Heading to ABQ will enable me a chance to dine with little Jenn and check out the local flavor there. It is something that I have not been motivated to do until now. I believe there are more yoga options in ABQ and some great dining options. I could thrift store shop, too. I want to make the most out of being here.
I might have a friend in town tomorrow night. Still waiting to hear back from Troy. If, he does in fact, drive down to Santa Fe, I hope to make dinner. I love my casita and hope to enjoy it. My kitchen could be larger but it is homey. I intend to make use of the space and entertain. I was never able to do that in Phoenix and it is something that I enjoy. I have beautiful wine glasses and knives from my time with Brian. I gave my platters away which in hindsight was silly. I should have lent them to Lindsay or Sara.
I am thankful for the injuries of the past to give me insight into how to heal myself. I feel pretty great this afternoon. And, I will trust my instincts. I knew that I would sustain an injury from being bored in yoga. I hate that I am right....