- Left hip bursitis is worse still. Lots of pain.
- I stopped taking ibuprofen and started taking turmeric and vitamin B complex in the twin cities, and have noticed a HUGE difference in how much less my hand, wrist and elbow joints hurt in the morning. They're relaxed enough that I wake up and don't feel like they were run over by a truck. It makes waking up much easier. The inflammation has gone down enough that I can manipulate my hands with ease, and can pop my joints to relieve tension again.
- A hornet stung my neck in Winona--sore neck for a few days.
- Trigger finger in both middle fingers still.
- Right and now left forearm skin on thumb side has lost feeling
- Synovial cyst on the base phalange of my right 3rd finger from overuse of the joint.
- Sun poisoning--I've had it 3 more times in the past couple weeks (small heat blisters).
- Calves and glutes ache from rudder pedal-using.
- Blisters on my feet from rubbing against the kayak.
- I feel strong in my muscles. But sometimes I get charley horses so bad that I have to stop and wince and massage my arms or legs for a little while.
- Had a sore throat and was dizzy for a couple days.
- Diet: LOVING having a stove. I don't always use it, but it's been great when I want warm food or tea. Especially wonderful while I was sick.
- Mentally: starting to have anxiety dreams. Still enjoying the river, but now having to meditate to calm myself sometimes. I chose "Paddle On" as my mantra for a reason!
Health Check Week 6 & 7
8/18/2015 03:35:51 am
What are you having anxiety about? From reading this far it seems like everything that had you upset mostly traced back to money (finding a job after this, losing expensive equipment that had to be replaced, etc..)
8/18/2015 11:21:42 pm
I had some wacky dreams after awhile. My mind was constantly thinking about what's next, constantly making choices, usually fatigued. Understandable that it keeps doing that at night also. good idea with the meditation. PS. put a bit of neoprene/foam under your heels, if you find some double sided tape, tape it down on the bottom of the boat. Bursitis: make sure you are sitting as upright as possible. If you are reaching too much for your pedals (they are set too far away), that will tend to irritate the hip among other things. Finally, if you aren't in heavy winds try doing without the rudder for a bit. Might also give your hip a break.
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Alyssum Pohl is paddling the Mississippi River and documenting water quality and plastic waste along the way.