Jul
2016

summer of healing redux

Happy belated 4th of July!

Since my last blog post, things have improved with my ankles, although I wouldn’t say I’m operating at 100%. In fact, thanks to my Vivosmart band I know that I’ve upped my daily steps from 4k to 6k. If I ever hit more than that, it’s from steps earned in the pool. And that’s OK. One day I’ll get to 10k! The last round of physical therapy had me doing leg presses and a lot more balance moves. And I FINALLY gained some calf muscle back!

Another thing that’s helped–besides warmer temps–is the Tiger Tail.

[I don’t have any pics of me with it, but maybe I’ll edit this post to include one].

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In fact, I’m kind of annoyed that my physical therapists never told me about it. I kept saying [remember I’m nearly 3 years into this pain] how difficult it was to use my big foam roller to work my legs, but no one ever suggested it. I can tell already that it’s saving me, both in terms of recovery time after more active days and in money that I’d typically spend on massage or acupuncture appointments. Score!

So overall, I’m in a much more positive place with my recovery. I’m standing more in Zumba, but still have a chair nearby in case I need to take a break from the weight-bearing. But that’s rare. I’m even adding new songs that I would’ve been too scared and weak to do before. Here’s one:

[OK I don’t do that jumping jack move, but it feels AMAZING to be salsa-ing again]!

I’m also teaching mat pilates every Monday, which has been a fun addition to my schedule. Aquacize and Aqua Zumba are still happening too, so I’m keeping busy.

And in 10 days we leave for Australia! Here’s a pic from the last day of our 2014 trip, taken in the Cairns mall:

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I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was slightly worried about the long travel day and not having access to my chiropractor and acupuncturist, but I’m making plans and packing my compression socks and epsom salts. And the Tiger Tail!

Another post to come this weekend about my academic pursuits. Here’s a quick preview:

  • sabbatical application
  • course proposals
  • research agenda [FANDOM FOCUS!]
  • program director woes

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