Cures for The Cranky
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Friday Mailbag

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Dear Kathy-the-Physical-Therapist (I),

I'm not trying to be difficult.  Really.  I'm not.  I just can't with the quantifying-pain thing.  "From 0 -10, with 0 being no pain at all to 10 being the most pain possible, how much pain are you feeling today?"  I just can't.  Relative to what?  Compared to when?  When I'm walking? Standing? Attempting to run?  After you've put me through my paces?  Or when I first walked in the door?  That's just a stupid question.  In my opinion.  Could we move on to something productive now?  Like getting me moving again?

 

Dear Kathy-the-Physical-Therapist (II),

Okay.  You're on to something.  Definitely.  But please understand.  You've adjusted the way I stand.  You've engaged my "great toe" (this cracks me up so much . . . great toe).  You've got me focusing on raising my arch.  And the four-corners-of-my-foot.  And the not locking my knee.  You've stopped the hyper-extension in my toes.  You're correcting my pronation.  Now you want me to walk?  Are you kidding me?  

 

Dear Kathe-my-Yoga-Instructor,

I came to you discouraged.  Frustrated.  Fatigued.  With no confidence in my ability to stand.  Or balance.  Concentrating overmuch on my "great toe."  Worried about my ankle.  And whether I was supporting it correctly with my arch and my toe grip.  And then . . . you just said . . . you can do this.  And I could.  You were just what I needed!

 

Dear Unknown-as-Yet Drawing Instructor,

I have signed up for your class that begins next week.  Drawing I.  I just want to warn you:  I do my own thing.  Consider yourself advised.

 

Dear Pittsburgh:

Here I come!  Show me what you got.

 

 

 

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claudia

It sounds like yoga is helping you alot more than PT.

Shirley

Your PT sounds like a golf instructor--remember all those details, then just hit the ball.

Vicki

I hope it all comes together soon!! Have fun in PA!

Bonny

Whatever comes from the Kathy v. Kathe tug of war, I hope you and your great toe (cracks me up, too!) are the beneficiaries and can return to pain-free movement without having to over-think every step. Have fun doing your own thing (hopefully with Erin) in Pittsburgh!

Carole

So, the physical therapy is going well, eh? ;-)

Patty

Have a wonderful time in Pittsburgh! (I resisted telling you to have a great time.) ;-)

Manise

Seconding Claudia! Have a wonderful time in PA.

margene

Have a really super time with Erin this weekend!!
Do I engage my great toe? Something to think about and work on, I guess.

Jo

These letters are great fun to read. i am so with you on the one to 10 crapola! Especially after going to the ER with a broken radius cap in my arm. It would go from no pain to excruciating zaps of intense pain with no warning, but they would not take that for an answer. Made me wonder about averaging it and saying five which would be zero information! Anyway, hope you're having a great weekend and walkingmproperly!

Mary

aieee, that top photo! hope the walking is starting to get easier with all the work you're putting into it!

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