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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End of the Oregon Trail

I was on my way somewhere a couple of weeks ago and drove right by the parking lot for the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. I always see it from the freeway, and fully intend to stop by and explore some day, but then never do. So, I swung into the parking lot of an antique store nearby and decided to get out for a quick explore of the place. I didn’t go inside the center because, like I said, I was on my way somewhere else, but did a quick tour of the grounds outside.

To be standing there, at the place where the trail ended, you can’t help but wonder how good that must have felt to finally be at the end of a long journey. They still had yet to establish their homesteads and get settled, but now knowing that the hard journey was over.

Sometimes in life we are on a long journey – I seem to be on one myself – not sure where the trail ends, trudging along waiting for the end to be in sight. Knowing there’s a lot of work to get myself settled back down again, but also knowing one day I’ll get to the end of my journey, and what a relief it will be.

My mom is on her own journey right now. She just had a scheduled surgery at the hospital this week, after a couple of months of being in pain and discomfort. Her journey to get the surgery is done and over. Now starts the recovery process, with the knowledge that at the end of it, she will finally feel better. How wonderful to know that if you can just get past the next couple of months of recovery, at the end you’ll feel so much better than when you went in!

Here’s to a speedy recovery for my mom, and an end in sight to long journey’s any of us are going through right now!

 

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

 

Little log cabin
Little log cabin

 

Random bike rack test bike
Random bike rack test bike

 

Standing proud
Standing proud

 

Up to the sky
Up to the sky

 

End of the Oregon Trail
End of the Oregon Trail

 

 

 

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