Like so many writers and fellow forty-somethings, my body is feeling the effects of its age and profession. I’ve been in and out of physical therapy for my back over the 6 months, and currently have bonus “tennis elbow”, though it should really be called Lucy Elbow, as I believe I incurred this particular flareup while going through the copyedits for THE LUCY VARIATIONS and not on the courts. Because I haven’t been on the courts. I’ve been re-reading Justine Larbalestier‘s blogs on her experiences with RSI and feel chastened. She was a good and dedicated patient, and majorly cut back on her computer and devices time while she recovered. I know that I must do the same.
This means a delay in the next episode of This Creative Life, as the making of the podcast is a trackpad/mouse-intensive process. However, I hope that while I’m at the Glen Workshop, I’ll get the chance to record a bunch of awesome guests and get some episode material in the can to come back with great conversations for you to enjoy.
I’m also working to limit my typing time by returning emails with phone calls, when possible, and not returning emails, period, if it’s not necessary (or keeping them very brief). Sorry! I find the short spurts of twitter reasonably friendly to my bod, and I have returned to the world of Tumblr which makes shorter-form blogging and sharing easier (and requires fewer keystrokes). I’m around and working and reachable and doing all that is necessary, but not as instantly or frequently as I’m used to, and I must cut way, way back on non-crucial emailing. I’m thinking a couple of hours a couple of times a week should be enough to keep up with correspondence and biz. I also will not be writing very many longer blog posts for awhile (which I’ve already been not doing, but now I’ll be intentionally not-doing!), and am limiting texting and device fun and games.
The good news is that I’m very lucky to have insurance, thanks to my husband’s job, and to live within 3 miles of some of the greatest health care around at the University of Utah. I also have a smart and skilled doctor, and he has helped me find a good CrossFit trainer to work with me on my core and functional strength as I do PT for my back. I’ve been diagnosed as “weak and unstable” (if they only knew) which means strength is the key for me rather than stretching and flexibility training according to PT doc (apparently I am somewhat “hypermobile”). Which makes sense, because my back really got worse when I put strength training at the bottom of my priority list when life got chaotic. Anyway, all of this doesn’t come cheap, but I finally had a talk with myself about the value of taking care of my body so that I’m not crippled by 50. No one wants that! As another benefit, strength training is incredible for my diabetes management and insulin sensitivity. Quality of life means a lot to me, and now I must put my money and my actions where my mouth is.
Friends, let’s be good to ourselves now so that we don’t feel like crap in the future. And with health care legislation all up in the air either way, it’s always smart to remember that you are your number one health care provider.
See you soon!