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

 

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The Promise of the Rainbow

I get really excited this time of year when the weather is constantly changing back and forth from rain to shine because that means it’s rainbow weather! One minute it’s raining, the next minute the sun is out, and I’ll go running to the windows to see if there’s a rainbow outside. Easter Sunday I saw not one, but two, or technically three rainbows. First a double rainbow which disappeared, the clouds came out and the rain started again – then a beautiful brilliant single rainbow. And it got me thinking about the promise of the rainbow. God promised it would never rain for 40 days and 40 nights and flooding the whole earth like that again. So I started telling Him that, you know, it’s been raining in my life for longer than 40 days and 40 nights. I’m not talking actual rain which, believe me, we’ve had a lot of here in the Pacific Northwest as well. I’m talking metaphorically. So I told God I was holding on to the promise of the rainbow in my life – not about the real rain, but about all the bad stuff that is happening. My husband and I split up, my job is a sinking ship and I’m going down with it. Things are not good. And yet here I am on my blog trying to sound positive and upbeat, when really, maybe I’m just trying to encourage myself along through a tough time.  So this week, I’ve been holding on to the promise of the rainbow, and I’m starting to see little whispers of hope coming into my life…

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope. ~ Maya Angelou

 

Rainbow at Seaside, Oregon
Rainbow at Seaside, Oregon

 

Lake Manapouri, The Kepler Track, NZ
Lake Manapouri, The Kepler Track, NZ

 

Yakima, Oregon
Yakima, Oregon

 

Doubles, Badgingarra, Western Australia
Doubles, Badgingarra, Western Australia

 

Some days, you need to remember the promise of the rainbow. The storms won't last forever, and the sun will come out again. Just keep moving forward.
Some days, you need to remember the promise of the rainbow. The storms won’t last forever, and the sun will come out again. Just keep moving forward.

 

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