It was 5 weeks ago when I was just walking during recess and got slammed with this "sickness". It feels like 5 months.
Currently my biggest complaint is my feet.
Generally they don't hurt when I'm not on them. But it's the initial standing/walking that hurts. And sometimes it hurts bad. This morning I got up and they were the best they've been in a long time! I was pretty happy with that. But they seem to hurt more later in the day. When I first got sick, mornings were worse.
This past weekend I got the guts to try the Oriental Energy massage place in my local mall. I got a 30 min foot massage from a middle aged Asian guy that smelled like stale smoke. We didn't communicate well but the massage was good, if not a bit too strong in some areas for my poor sore little feet.
My hands are almost normal when I wake up, but my wrists are still tender and don't like certain movements. For example, I grab my purse in my right hand and try to put it on my right shoulder with the same hand. The wrist has to bend and support the purse quite a bit for that movement. No one thinks twice about doing this, I never did. Now I have to use my opposite hand.
My knees suck. Standing and sitting, going up and down stairs. . . .all tender. But what's worse is that yesterday I was at Michael's and I squatted down to look at something on a shelf without thinking about it. Holy shit! I don't think I've squatted since I got sick. Wowza. Holy effing pain! I shot up like a bullet and almost cried. So I will continued to squat once or twice a day to monitor this. I can only imagine that it got better since all this started, because everything has. Which makes me think a few weeks ago I might have fell over and landed on my ass in the store. Who knows!
Today I'm going to get xrays of my feet. If I have RA, a rhuematologist would monitor joint damage. I don't think I have any at this point, but this could be a baseline xray. And I got to pick which joint to xray. My right foot hasn't been the same since I rolled it over a stair step. So why not just see if anything is going on there.
I was given permission to walk and I hated it. I want to run. I have only walked once. And if I'm worse the next day I have to stop. I was in severe foot pain the same night. So I haven't done it since. But I really overdid it that day. So since the weekend was so hot and humid I decided to wait for better weather and try again. This weekend looks like it will be nice and chilly in the AM. I have a *secret* goal. I want to be running by:
I am signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Dec. This will be my third year in a row. So I have high hopes I can start running my Oct 1. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I don't know if this is a far-fetched goal or not honestly, but it's my secret hope. I need to run again!