What to do while recovering from an injury

I’ve hurt my tailbone, and while it’s feeling a bit better, I’m trying to figure out what to do while recovering from my tailbone injury. Like, really? I’m asking you. Before I go nuts from boredom…

So, one thing I can tell you not to do while recovering from a tailbone injury, is feel the pain easing up to a duller ache and then decide to go walk up a steep hill to the viewing area to see waterfalls out in the Columbia River Gorge. Yeah. That will set you right back to having the sharper pain you had at the beginning. Now I’ve learned my lesson and will not be heading out to the Gorge for a while so I can heal up the rest of the way. Yikes. No fun having a set back like that when you feel like you are on the road to recovery.

Do take it easy for a while. Use a heat pack to ease the pain and rub on some sort of Deep Heat or other pain relief. I currently have a roll on one called Max Freeze.

Take baths with Epsom salts. I sometimes found myself doing this morning and night to get pain relief. I’m back down to having minor achiness in the backside and am now doing light exercise like stretching, yoga, or small walks around the block or store, or just my house. I feel a lot better, but am not wanting to do anything that will set me back during the next couple of months. No uphill walks for me for a while. Or running, jumping for joy, ect… Boo.

Know that this too will pass. And in the meantime I’m trying to get my photography fix in by taking photos of rainbows I’m seeing from my window, the cats, the flowers as I walk around the block. Mr. Squirrel. Yeah. Got a good one of him today. And made my poor cats sit for a photo session. Or tried to. Cats being cats, they do what they please, and eventually wander away from me. Feather toys or no… Le sigh.

I’m kind of glad it’s still cold and rainy out right now. That way I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Ha. But, really, I still like the sunshine better than the rain, so will still be glad when it’s gone. Even if I’m barely able to get outdoors to enjoy it.

 

Rainbow through the trees
Rainbow through the trees

 

Mr. Squirrel eating a peanut
Mr. Squirrel eating a peanut

 

Pink flowers
Pink flowers

 

Sheba - framed
Sheba – framed

 

White magnolia
White magnolia

 

Isis - my ragdoll baby
Isis – Ragdoll cat

 

Women and cats will do as they please...
Women and cats will do as they please… Quote by Robert Heinlein

 

Let it snow – and how to fight the winter blahs

I was pretty excited about the snow the first few days after it snowed. I got out there and walked around, played in it, took photos. Watched others sledding and trying to make snowmen and snowballs out of snow that was too cold to pack properly. Yeah. It was fun.

By day three, it wasn’t so fun anymore. I’m used to it being on it’s way out the door by then. Nope. It was coming to stay for a while. The cold started getting to me, so I didn’t want to go out in play in it. But the sunshine was nice and made me feel happy yet ‘trapped’ indoors.

Then came the warm up. It got gray, cloudy and stormy. Whoo whee, do those gray days ever knock something out of you! I actually hunkered down around mid-day in my blankets on one of the first ones and literally thought I was really about to hibernate away the rest of winter – just like I’d joked about in my last post.

So, how do we get around these winter blahs that hit us when we live in colder climates?

 

Framed!
Framed!

 

 

Go do something outdoors

I felt a lot better on the days I went outside than on the days I was feeling trapped indoors. I realize from reading many articles about it that we don’t actually get much vitamin D from the sun this time of year because we are so far away from it during the winter months, but somehow, just getting outside and getting a bit of fresh air helps you feel less trapped on those sunny but cold days.

 

Snow covered bridge
Snow covered bridge

Soak up some sun rays

On the sunny, cold days, I felt a lot better if I had time to just sit in the sun coming in the windows. Again, I don’t think it’s the vitamin D because of what I just said about not getting much in those winter months from the sun, anyway. Also, apparently, we don’t get vitamin D through glass windows anyway. But I must say, just being able to see the sunshine and feel the warmth really helps me when it’s sunny and cold.

 

Winter at Red Sunset Park
Winter at Red Sunset Park

Take Vitamin D

Since we aren’t getting it through the sun, take a good vitamin D supplement in the winter to help chase away winter blues – especially if it’s gray outside. It’s a winter happy pill.

 

What long arms you have!
What long arms you have!

Get a Sunlamp

I don’t have one of these, but I’ve heard they really help and am really considering getting one. I notice even if it’s a cloudy/sunny day I feel better than on one where we are just socked in all day with gray clouds and rain. Since I live in the Portland Metro area where we are known for our heavy rain, this would be a good investment.

 

Winter sunbeams
Winter sunbeams

 

Seek medical help

Honestly, it’s okay to seek advice from a doctor if you feel like S.A.D. is affecting you too much. They may start with Vitamin D or recommend a sun lamp, or put even put you on an anti-depressant during the winter to help get you through the dark, gloomy days ahead. And that’s okay.

 

Come sit a while...
Come sit a while…

 

Fly south!

And, if all else fails, you can always move south to a warmer and sunnier climate. I realize that’s a bit drastic, but if nothing else is working perhaps getting away from the gloom and doom feelings of winter permanently will do the trick. Or just plan a tropical getaway in the middle of winter, if you can afford to get away.

 

Feed the birds.
Feed the birds.