- I can barely make a fist, my hands and wrists are so sore.
- Bruises are more pronounced, especially on my upper quads.
- Elbows hurt to bend and also to straighten.
- Hemorrhoids are gone.
- Deltoids, pectorals, rhomboids, lats all achey. Nothing feels relaxed even when I have relaxed on my matress, laying down. My whole body feels, as climbers say, pumped.
- Ankles and feet sore (from using the rudder pedals)
- Blood blister on my chest has continued to burst every few days and gets bigger each time. Dad (a doctor) says just to keep it from trauma as best I can, and use antibiotic ointment on it if it bursts again. It's a hemangioma.
- Bug bites are more numerous, but I’m getting better at not scratching them until they’re scabs.
- I think I have some poison ivy on my inner thigh, though luckily so far it’s just a rash and doesn’t itch.
- Petechiae in lots of places. Maybe from smacking flies and mosquitos?
- I use sun screen, a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and fingerless gloves. Despite that, I have a pretty intense raccoon face and a tan line across my knuckles where my gloves end.
- But again, I’m happy and feel super strong mentally. I feel completely on top of my game.
Health Check Week 2
Hey there! I'm a handful of days behind you. Hahaha- what is with these upper thighs bruises? They're intense! I have some arthritis in my hands so I feel you on the pain. Hand stretches are helping a TON. Also make sure to loosen your grip on the paddle. Sometimes I wave hi with my up hand each stroke stretching out my fingers and letting the paddle rest on the bridge between finger and thumb to remind me not to grip right, really seems to help keep over stiffness at bay. Cheers!
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Alyssum Pohl is paddling the Mississippi River and documenting water quality and plastic waste along the way.