Tenpou/Hakkai

Thunderstorms, Messed-up Knee, and a Good Summer

It's been a very wet summer. Lots of rainstorms, thunderstorms, and a long wet spring that led into a very wet summer. It's actually been humid here! After commenting about condensation on drink glasses in Vermont, it was funny to get home and actually have condensation on our glasses here, which we never get.

The garden likes it, and everything out here on the Front Range is unusually green. The sun's still be out, and it's still been hot, but the tomatoes are a little slower, though the corn and produce has been good around here and the farmers are talking about bumper crops and there's hay everywhere. My allergies have been mostly under control, too, as the nearly daily rains have washed all kinds of stuff out of the air.

I think my favorite thing has been doing backstroke in the neighborhood pool while watching the many-layered sky flow above me. I hadn't known that there were swallows in the neighborhood, or that dragonflies would fly that far. The sparrows zigzag their way through the air, and the commercial jets sail serenely above.


I was also trying, very hard to stay up with my exercise regime, and really enjoyed weightlifting according to The New Rules of Lifting for Women . I really loved how solid the workouts were the first three I did, but my right knee, which has been bothering me since the winter, started really, really bothering me with the dead lifts and stair steps.

So badly that it took me a few days to recover, so I kind of got thrown from that, and then swimming and biking have been aggravating it even more so.

My massage therapist recommended and orthopedic doctor in Boulder, and I went to him last week. He talked with me, asked me what was up, and I told him, he asked me a bunch of questions, did some physical manipulation of both knees, and then at one point, he touched a spot on the right knee and said, "Does that hurt?"

And I winced and tried to pull away as, yes, it did... and it didn't on the left. So there is definitely something wrong with the right knee. So I get to go get another MRI this Friday morning, and we'll get to see what's really going on. Since it has lasted for months and months and hasn't been a problem that developed in the short term, the doc thought it better to see what's actually going on in there before we do anything. I'm half hoping that it's something that can be fixed.

With all the marathon writing I've been doing lately, with the books and stuff, my old hand/arm/upperbody problems have come back. By just moderating enough so that I'm not doing 14-hour and 10-hour or even a whole bunch of eight hour constant writing jags in a row, I'm getting better. In the spring, before Jet got the summer off, I was only writing from about 9 to about 2, and then I'd do some exercise and then play with Jet, do dinner, and Jet homework, and then put him to bed. Only after he was in bed did I write for an hour or two more, and then go to sleep.

For the summer, since I'm snatching what blocks I can, it's been a little crazy when I can, including far too many stints into two in the morning on my part. But it's hard and odd to run back into the brick wall of my physical limitations. I hate having to acknowledge them, but if I don't I'll get disabled. With all the mortality happening around me, I can't help but think about what I haven't done yet, and what I really need to do.

My art show is now finalized for January of 2011, so it's solid now, and I'm still in the process of painting for it. It's funny how my "practice" pieces sometimes turn out better than the final ones, and how I find that it's nearly impossible to recreate something I've long ago given away. *laughs* The breath of the moment...and a few weeks away always makes it so that I've lost my touch with it, so I always need to do a few things that I just hate before I finally get the control I want again.

But better to paint and write more slowly than not to do them at all.
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I hear you on the physical limitations. I'm always irritated when I get bitch-slapped by my limitations. Most of the time when something hurts it's my fault for not putting my wrist brace on or sitting in one position for several hours or sometimes my body decides to just be an asshole about things.

Hopefully the knee thing will be something fixable instead of something that you'll have to live with.
Yes, you have it exactly... *sighs*

I hope so, too, with the knee thing. I'm really hoping that it'll work out that it can be fixed... though if I knew that I could just live with the pain, and wouldn't ruin anything more, I would.
I certainly hope that the knee is fixable.

We're off to Seattle later this week to see an orthopedic surgeon about Carla's issues. Again. She's not happy about that, but better that than suffering with it.
Mmm... sounds like she's been in this boat before. My sympathies!!

And I hope that what she has is fixable as well.
Ugh, yeah. Physical limitations are stupid. I've been feeling them myself lately. Especially since I'm at home and all I've got to do is arting and writing if I want to engage. Been working out to keep my back from bothering me, but hands are something else entirely *sends love and health vibes* I hope your knee is something surmountable.
Yes, the hands are something else entirely... *sighs*

*sends love and health vibes back as well*

Thanks! I hope so too. I'll probably know in a couple of weeks.
I do hope your knee is fixable! I have nerve damage in my left shin and it acts up with the slightest change in weather. >< It's a pain, but not exactly the knee lol So yeah hopefully your problem is fixable!

And good luck with your art! ^_^
^_^ No worries. You get used to it after a while. And I'm my own weather person LOL So, while aggravating sometimes, I manage! X)

Goodness, I hope that knee stops bothering you, and soon. Physical limitations are a pain in the butt, especially when you don't know why they're happening. Have you had problems with your hand/arm/upperbody for a long time then? Hope that gets better soon too.

But whoa, I still can't believe just how much you've written this year. Want to give a little bit of that mojo to me… ? ^_^
*hands over a little ball of Mojo*

There!

Yeah, I had lots of upperbody problems for the last seven years I was working...so yeah, they're just coming back.
Congratulations on the art show! I look forward to seeing pictures of it -- or of your exhibits, rather.

Much sympathy on the strain problems. I hope that the right knee situation is something fixable, and I would urge you to try to take more care of your arm/etc and not do writing jags, but I fear this may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Thanks!! I want to take a picture of everything at the gallery. Should be fun.

Thanks for the hopes, and *giggles* at the last analogy.

Yes. But I will do my best.
*hugs* Sorry to hear about all the physical limitations, yeah better to take it slow then not at all.

Yay for allergies being kept under control. You sound crazy busy. I hope your knee feels better.
*snuggles quietly then lets you get back to work*