Bear with me here. You’ll have to read slowly because I can’t write very fast.
Let me ‘splain.
No wait. In the words of Inigo Montoya (from the movie, Princess Bride) “There’s too much. Let me sum up.”
I’m in a bit of pain. My wrist aches and my shoulder burns. I could tell you that I fell running to the mailbox or that I tripped over Pup (I’ve done both). Truth is, my injuries are not accidental. Having family over on Easter Sunday was fun. We played bocce ball in the yard. If you’re not familiar, it’s sort of an Italian lawn bowling game. Think heavy, smaller-sized bowling balls sans holes. Anyway, shot-putting them back and forth across the backyard was apparently tough on my rotator cuff.
The wrist thing is all Woody and Jessie’s fault. They enticed me to aim and fire my rootin’ tootin’ arcade shooter in the Toy Story-themed ride at Disneyland. All I can say is that my score was high (for the first half of the ride, anyway) and so was my spirit. A good time was had by all.
Like a lot of weird fibro moments, pain doesn’t happen right away. My shoulder didn’t hurt at all while I played bocce ball; nor did it the day following. My wrist was mildly sore while on the Toy Story ride, but the real intense ache didn’t show up for several days.
Common sense tells us to avoid activities that are sure to cause pain. Duh, Barbie. But sometimes, it’s worth it.
Experience is a great teacher. I know my own body, and know what activities I can do within reasonable limits. My increased pain is temporary – this too shall pass.
A favorite healing concept that I talk about a lot is the act of choosing. I knew there was a risk of increased pain, but I CHOSE to participate anyway. Even if I didn’t participate, that would have been a decision, a choice, too. Nothing wrong with sitting it out.
For me, weighing family fun against short-term pain is a no-brainer. Family fun wins hands (and wrists, and shoulders) down. Are there activities where you feel left out because you can no longer participate? Maybe there’s a compromise? Thinking in terms of the “can’s” instead of the “can’ts” will tip the scales in your favor.
Let me know what you think!