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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Once again...

I have proof that I am not made to be sporty!!! I like the german saying "sport ist mord" (sport is murder).

Anyways, let's roll back 2 weeks from today. After a lot of excuses my friend AM convinced me to go with her to the pool to take a class called Aqua Jogging. I used the following excuses:

  • I do not have a swimsuit
  • I do not have time to do the necessary deforestation works on my legs
  • the Dr forbade me to go swimming as the last 3 times I had a mid ear infection every time I went (this was 3 years ago)
  • But it is at 5.30 and the will give me only 10 minutes between getting home and leaving again (actually it is at 6.30, but she knows me so she knew that if she told me I'd really wouldn't go)
  • I might have my monthly you-know-what coming up in the next 3 weeks
  • I can't wear my lenses in the pool... I'm blind as a bat without them
These are just the ones I remember. Well, no such luck... I ran out of excuses and I went... although with a lot of complaining. The class was 45 minutes and before I knew what hit me it was over and I'd enjoyed myself enormously.

The next day though I was crippled with muscle pain. Not in my legs or belly as I expected. We did a few mean exercises that involve belly muscles. But my arms... It was so bad that on the morning after I could NOT type or knit or do anything, but let my arms hang alongside my body and as soon as I moved them I was in agony. A good thing I do not work on Wednesdays.
By the afternoon I had a numb feeling in them, the same as if you fall asleep on your arm and then it has this weird feeling once the blood comes back in it. Then I would have tingling all the way down to my fingers.

On Thursday it felt a bit better, although I was still sore. So last week Tuesday rolls around and I go back. I really liked it. I let the teacher know about my agony and she tells me to let the arm/shoulder exercises out or do them in a lowkey version.

On that first Thursday, I had a couple of hours at the office where I felt lightheaded. Not really dizzy or nauseous, but just lightheaded. It happened again last week Thursday. And then again on Sunday... suddenly in the afternoon. I also had a headache like a tension headache. My neck and shoulders felt stiff. I went to my dad's for dinner as usual and told him about it and so we checked my bloodpressure. It was 132 over 90... which for me is HIGH... I normally am barely alive with a BP of about 90 over 60. So my dad thinks its bloodpressure or an ear infection (but I said no, because there's no pain). It was still with me yesterday, but as it was a holiday here, I didn't go to the dr. This morning it was still there. The neck/shoulders and headache got worse. I had come to the conclusion it couldn't be my BP as I normally feel really really sick to the stomach when I have a BP problem (normally it drops even lower than it already is) and I couldn't stop eating hahaha. Another thing that was weird was that when I walked I felt fine. Sitting still, knitting or writing would make me feel lightheaded.

This morning I walk to the Dr. and in his office I tell about the weird spells, the pain in my neck/shoulders, the light headache, the BP thing, the not feeling nauseous and so on. I get to sit on the bed... he does a couple of tests with the forkthing holding it on different spots on my head. Then he gets behind me and TRIES to pinch my shoulder muscles (you know... the ones going from your neck to your shoulders) and they're like concrete... and I scream in pain...

He asks me if I have started doing some sports... he's a sports dr along with a generalist. I look at him and say "euh yes" and explain the aqua jogging. He says it explained it all... my muscles are still tense and sore from those exercises... and as I unconciously try to not move naturally as it hurts I got sooooooo tense that I get a headache because of it and the lightheadedness is also due to those muscles being soooo tense. He pressed one little spot at the base of my neck and I could feel the muscles tense up all the way from my hips to the top of my scalp.
He told me to keep going to the pool and keep doing the aqua jogging. He says, those muscles need to get used to being used for something else than knitting, typing and writing. He even said I could try and go both times this week or next week (on wednesdays at lunchtime there's another class). I just need to build up those shoulder exercises slowly.

So for once he's not telling me to stop (I've had to give up biking because of my broken/traumatized ankle), swimming because of my earinfections, brisk walking because of the tendonitis in my knee... Guess me's not made for sport hahaha.

And now, as a reward because you read the whole shebang... a gorgeous picture. I took this on Sept. 6th, 2004. It was the last vacation that I took with my parents. One month later my mom died. The picture was taken at Bergen-op-Zee in Holland at the beach. The sailing boats were getting ready for the last regatta of the season and that "tropical" boat, just came racing along :) I can still hear the drum of the person at the front. And they were going FAST hahahaha.




Cheers Eva

I have proof that I am not made to be sporty!!! I like the german saying "sport ist mord" (sport is murder).

Anyways, let's roll back 2 weeks from today. After a lot of excuses my friend AM convinced me to go with her to the pool to take a class called Aqua Jogging. I used the following excuses:

  • I do not have a swimsuit
  • I do not have time to do the necessary deforestation works on my legs
  • the Dr forbade me to go swimming as the last 3 times I had a mid ear infection every time I went (this was 3 years ago)
  • But it is at 5.30 and the will give me only 10 minutes between getting home and leaving again (actually it is at 6.30, but she knows me so she knew that if she told me I'd really wouldn't go)
  • I might have my monthly you-know-what coming up in the next 3 weeks
  • I can't wear my lenses in the pool... I'm blind as a bat without them
These are just the ones I remember. Well, no such luck... I ran out of excuses and I went... although with a lot of complaining. The class was 45 minutes and before I knew what hit me it was over and I'd enjoyed myself enormously.

The next day though I was crippled with muscle pain. Not in my legs or belly as I expected. We did a few mean exercises that involve belly muscles. But my arms... It was so bad that on the morning after I could NOT type or knit or do anything, but let my arms hang alongside my body and as soon as I moved them I was in agony. A good thing I do not work on Wednesdays.
By the afternoon I had a numb feeling in them, the same as if you fall asleep on your arm and then it has this weird feeling once the blood comes back in it. Then I would have tingling all the way down to my fingers.

On Thursday it felt a bit better, although I was still sore. So last week Tuesday rolls around and I go back. I really liked it. I let the teacher know about my agony and she tells me to let the arm/shoulder exercises out or do them in a lowkey version.

On that first Thursday, I had a couple of hours at the office where I felt lightheaded. Not really dizzy or nauseous, but just lightheaded. It happened again last week Thursday. And then again on Sunday... suddenly in the afternoon. I also had a headache like a tension headache. My neck and shoulders felt stiff. I went to my dad's for dinner as usual and told him about it and so we checked my bloodpressure. It was 132 over 90... which for me is HIGH... I normally am barely alive with a BP of about 90 over 60. So my dad thinks its bloodpressure or an ear infection (but I said no, because there's no pain). It was still with me yesterday, but as it was a holiday here, I didn't go to the dr. This morning it was still there. The neck/shoulders and headache got worse. I had come to the conclusion it couldn't be my BP as I normally feel really really sick to the stomach when I have a BP problem (normally it drops even lower than it already is) and I couldn't stop eating hahaha. Another thing that was weird was that when I walked I felt fine. Sitting still, knitting or writing would make me feel lightheaded.

This morning I walk to the Dr. and in his office I tell about the weird spells, the pain in my neck/shoulders, the light headache, the BP thing, the not feeling nauseous and so on. I get to sit on the bed... he does a couple of tests with the forkthing holding it on different spots on my head. Then he gets behind me and TRIES to pinch my shoulder muscles (you know... the ones going from your neck to your shoulders) and they're like concrete... and I scream in pain...

He asks me if I have started doing some sports... he's a sports dr along with a generalist. I look at him and say "euh yes" and explain the aqua jogging. He says it explained it all... my muscles are still tense and sore from those exercises... and as I unconciously try to not move naturally as it hurts I got sooooooo tense that I get a headache because of it and the lightheadedness is also due to those muscles being soooo tense. He pressed one little spot at the base of my neck and I could feel the muscles tense up all the way from my hips to the top of my scalp.
He told me to keep going to the pool and keep doing the aqua jogging. He says, those muscles need to get used to being used for something else than knitting, typing and writing. He even said I could try and go both times this week or next week (on wednesdays at lunchtime there's another class). I just need to build up those shoulder exercises slowly.

So for once he's not telling me to stop (I've had to give up biking because of my broken/traumatized ankle), swimming because of my earinfections, brisk walking because of the tendonitis in my knee... Guess me's not made for sport hahaha.

And now, as a reward because you read the whole shebang... a gorgeous picture. I took this on Sept. 6th, 2004. It was the last vacation that I took with my parents. One month later my mom died. The picture was taken at Bergen-op-Zee in Holland at the beach. The sailing boats were getting ready for the last regatta of the season and that "tropical" boat, just came racing along :)

2 Comments:

  • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Lani said…

    Sorry to hear about your sore muscles, but I'm glad to hear that you enjoy the aqua jogging! Eventually your muscles will get used to it.. .

     
  • At Wednesday, June 07, 2006 5:13:00 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    That's weird - your post is posted twice?!

    Hang in there! The body FIGHTS to stay inert. You will prevail! Some massage might help a lot - it did me when I was starting to exercise more.

     

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