What a pain! I managed to again aggravate my back into spasm by doing a few too many push-ups. It is tough to watch my strength lessen, I overdid the push-ups, the back spasm came back to a lesser degree, my sleep has deteriorated more, and the premenopausal Pandora’s Box is open again. Damn.
Today Colson had his first PT session (for his legs) in a few months. He is looking fantastic according to his therapist. She worked with him and then went to work on my back, prescribed some exercises (brilliant and immediately effective as always) and told me to just give it is a rest. My pectoral muscle is warring with my rhomboid muscle and push-ups and pull-ups are the last things I need. It is time to be quiet, and when I do restart, I should be very slow so that I don’t restart the pain cycle.
I was at my super cool gynecologist today after Colson’s PT appointment, and she recommended a premenopausal sleep aide for me: Kavinase Ultra PM. She agreed with the PT (they know each other) regarding the need to just cool it with the resistance work. All I need is some decent sleep to stuff the premenopausal genie back into the bottle, and I don’t want it to take a long time and cost a bunch of money this time, so here is hoping that this stuff gets me on the right track. Darn back spasm! One last thing about this appointment. The nurse measured my height, and I am 3/4 inches taller than I have ever measured - thanks to my awesome PT's "anti-hump" exercises. Yay!
Fortunately I had a meeting with my Oriental medicine doc, my Weston Price Foundation chapter co-leader, and two small farmers right after that appointment so I was able to pick my doc's brain on this new sleep aide. He said to give it a try and see if it gets me on the right track…and I need to cool it.
Regarding the farmer meeting, it looks like another small farmer is about to further refine the sustainability of his farm. It is awesome to be part of such a great group of people, taking it one farm at a time. Take that, Monsanto! (Don't get me started on that - my museum battle continues, centered around what is natural science and how biotechnology is in fact an extenstion of it.)