“Hey Christina – You’ve been quiet of late, is YAHOO! burying you alive?”
Over a year ago, I hurt my back. I don’t know if it was something I pulled, or if it was easy to pull something because of the crazy hours I was working on the new Yahoo! search, but I went down like a ton of bricks. Pain killers, unable to move, ice, heat, physical therapy and so on. The thing is, I never really got better. I spent thanksgiving flat on my back with my grandfather, his heating pad and his scotch to help me through it. I spent several other holiday days flat on my back as well.
I never knew what would set it off. One day I went for a bike ride, the next day I was staring at the ceiling all day. Went to the grocery store one day for ice, spent the floor with ice on my back the next. Sleep wrong, get out of the car wrong, work at the computer a few hours too long… and I’m back on the floor. I’ve been living my life on a funny edge for a long time, never knowing what would have me back on the floor.
Well, I may be slow to get an idea through my head, but I’m not hopeless. I started doing the stretches (finally) my physical therapist taught me every single night. it seemed to help. I noticed they were rather like yoga stretches. So I added a couple more stretches from a yoga book, and that went well. I could sit longer, walk better… so I started adding a few more yoga moves. If anything felt uncomfortable, I didn’t do it. Later, as I grew stronger, I tried the harder positions once more and found I could do them.
In the last month I’ve been doing yoga twice a day, both for one to one and a half hours each time. This is a huge amount of my waking time; time I usually spent writing on the blog, or for B&A or reading… but you know, I can’t really regret it.
I can touch my toes. My downward dog is just beautiful. I enjoy saluting the sun. I kayaked last weekend. I rode my bike to work and back (16 miles) for the first time since the injury, and I felt great.
I feel in my body. And my body feels like a good place to be again. And everyday it’s a bit better.
So excuse me if I am not blogging much these days. I’m under repair.