I had a bit of cabin fever today. I needed to get out of the house. You see, I’ve been stuck in the house, pretty much, for nearly a week. It all started on Tuesday, October 25th. One of the days of the week that I attend Tai Chi is on Tuesdays. On this particular Tuesday we were doing stance training. Basically, we get into one of our basic stances and hold it for as long as the instructor cares to make us do it. He was in a mood to make us hold the stances for quite a while that day, some as long as 5 minutes, which may not seem long until you have to do it and your muscles and joints are aching and sweat is pouring down your face and you’re wondering why when you’re not even moving!
After the stance training, we had a rousing 35 minutes of Tai Chi Push Hands, our sparring, so to speak. I love it. Please notice that it involves lots of movement! Check out the knees. When I got home, I took a shower, got something to eat. The next day, walked, attended another Tai Chi class. Thursday, I walked. I noticed on Thursday that my left knee, which I have problems with sometime, was feeling a bit tight, but that’s nothing unusual. On very early Friday morning, I awoke to some pain in my knee and I could hardly bend it. It was very swollen and I could hardly put any weight on it. I had pronounced limp. During the day, I treated it with ice and Motrin. It went down just a tiny bit. Saturday, more of the same. I called the doctor on Monday and went to see him. The verdict, nothing really wrong, just seriously inflamed tendons (tendonitis) – continue with ice and anti-inflammatory and check back in a week if it’s not better. A week you say?!
I did get a prescription for some prescription strength Aleve, but after looking at the side effects, heart attack, stroke, liver damage, kidney damage, nausea, upset stomach, etc, I decided to go with an herbal supplement, curcumin. I started taking it and continued with the ice and stayed off of my feet as much as possible. As I work from home, no problem. Nowhere to go. I can limp to my office quite easily.
After nearly a week, I’m pretty good. I still have a slight limp and the tendons are still swollen a bit. Today, I had to get out. I watched the shadows growing long in the backyard and was thinking: What can I do before it gets dark? Where can I go? I grabbed the P-510 and headed for the lake. The sun was about to set, but I figured that I could at least squeeze off a few shots before it got completely dark and the ranger has a chance to chase me out of the park. They have this funny thing about locking up at dark!
It felt so nice to be outside, watching afterglow of the sunset and watching the last incoming waves of boats and wave runners make interesting impressionistic ‘paintings’ on the surface of the water. The evening was nice and cool and thus, the mosquito population has moved on, or at least most of them. Were I to be best by a swarm of mosquitoes, I wouldn’t have had the ability to move to my car quickly. Just because I can walk, now, doesn’t mean that I can walk fast! Thankfully, speed was not needed. It was nice to be out of the house!!!