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Yoga Knee
I went to my second yoga class last night. I really enjoyed the class; it was hard work but it felt good. I felt more like I understood the concepts the teacher was trying to convey, and I felt better-connected with my body. Some of the poses weren't easy, but I was able to do most of them. I also walked to and from the class (about a mile each way), which was a great warmup for the class. I got home last night feeling tired, but a good kind of tired.

This morning though....wow. My knee woke me up early this morning literally throbbing. It hasn't throbbed like that in a long time. Not exactly my knee -- the bottom of my quad muscle, just above the knee, where the tendon graft came from. With each beat of my heart, I felt pain splashing down my thigh. I spent the last hour or two before my alarm went off half-asleep, trying to ignore it -- I was too tired to fully wake up and go take a painkiller.

Stupid tendon graft. There have been more than a few times when I've wished I'd gone with cadaver tissue instead. Of course it probably would have had its own problems too, but like the old saying goes: the grass is always greener on the cadaver's side of the fence.

After my alarm went off and I finally dragged myself out of bed, I hobbled over to my trusty family-sized bottle of advil. After taking some, I lay down again and elevated my leg for a little while. It felt quite a bit better about a half-hour later, no more throbbing, and only hurting when I actually used the muscle. That's more like it.

On saturday it will be 9-25, six months since my surgery. Happy anniversary to me... I know I'm getting better, but days like this it doesn't seem like I'll ever heal.

Oh well. At least I enjoyed the yoga class, even if my tendon didn't. Hopefully if I keep at it, I'll continue to heal, get progressively stronger, and stop hurting as much.

Current Mood: owwww

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From: stilldocked Date: September 21st, 2004 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
sorry about your knee issues:( hopefully it will all be better...Yoga and Advil together make a great combo ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Maybe I should have tried some advil before/during yoga, I don't know... or perhaps just not worked quite as hard.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 21st, 2004 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
i start my yoga class this thursday. i'm looking forward to it. i imagine friday will be interesting - yoga for the first part of the evening, and then VP for the second. here's hoping i don't totally klutz out!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, have fun -- where are you going? I'm going here:
http://www.spectrumyoga.com/
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 21st, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm doing mine through Henry Ford Community College, with michelle_renee. it was so confusing at first... we signed up online, but i never got confirmation, and my credit card was never charged, so figured i didn't get the class or it was full or something. Michelle called and lo and behold, i'm on the roster, so i'm going. if i wasn't going with her, i'd go somewhere closer to home - HFCC is kinda in the middle for us - she lives in Southgate.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. We'll have to compare notes, once we've done it for a little while.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 21st, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Nice new Icon

Know where I can get a wheel chair for my back icon?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nice new Icon

I don't think there are special wheelchair icons for your back, sorry!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 21st, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nice new Icon

By the way did you make that icon all by yourself?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nice new Icon

Nope, I just stumbled across it when browsing for fun Duke pics. (google image search)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: September 21st, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the icon!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: September 21st, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool icon
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: September 21st, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you go to Namaste? How did you like it? I've been meaning to go for ages, but have never had the time or energy or motivation or something...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know anything about Yoga, and until recently I didn't even know there were different kinds, so I just signed up for what is offered at the RO community center:

Spectrum Yoga. (Check out that pic, isn't that cool? That's my teacher; I should ask her to demonstrate that move.)

I'm enjoying it, and I think it will eventually be good for my knee. And a girl we went to Berkley with, initials LD, is in the class with me!!
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: September 21st, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oink

I'm such a pig. I went to the link and saw the pic, and my first thought was, "Nice cleavage."

So, anyway, if you do learn that move... be sure to get a picture.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 21st, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
(typing the link correctly this time....)

http://www.spectrumyoga.com/
nishar From: nishar Date: September 21st, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Therapy

Just look at the pain as a sign you are doing the needed physical therapy that will make you heal up correctly. It may take up to a year for the pain to go away... if you do the needed therapy. So you afe about half way there!
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2004 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

the extent of yoga...

for me is reaching across the nightstand to slap the alarm clock.

So... seeing that you turned yours off, I assume it had power, were you able to find/fix your electron problem?


MJP
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 22nd, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the extent of yoga...

Nope, "alarm" in the above context meant "cell phone alarm". But that was yesterday morning; today everything is working (so far)!
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