It was so bad that a flap was getting caught in the actual joint action so when I would either bend or straighten my leg, depending on whether or not the flap from the meniscus was ‘caught’ would mean tremendous pain. Everyone advised surgery was the only way to fix it. Even my chiropractor said these things don’t heal on their own….. however, I was not keen on having surgery. The downtime the possibility that it still might not be normal. I said to myself that centuries ago people must have done the same thing and been able to continue living without surgery, right? So I wrapped tightly during the day, walked a LOT, bought a red light therapy band for daily treatments, and tried to only bend my knee minimally. After about 4 months, I still had pain with the minimal movement, but it was improving. Sleep was even hard. Then after about 8 months, I had full range of motion back. Then after a year, I was back to 100% - I could get on my knees without pain!
All that to say that now I’m committing to my body to get back in shape for my overall health. I’ve reached out to a coach, I’ve made the commitment to myself, and I hope in the coming months I will have motivating updates for others. I’ve had really great excuses/ obstacles keeping me from taking this step for the last several years, but now I don’t. I have zero excuses to neglect my own health now.
So starting August 1, which is Tuesday, going into my 47th rotation around the sun, I’m prioritizing myself again so that I can continue to help others where I’m needed.
I have a plethora of facial masks, spa care essentials, and nail polishes and I’m going to start using them all again!
Here are a few snaps from the last week…