Thursday, 24 March 2011

Tunnels and Light

So I went to see my specialist at the hospital the other week (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis).  Medication increased, the usual stuff about keping healthy and a shot of steroid.  Boy did that hurt! Worth it though becuase I know I will get a good couple of months relatively pain-free as a result.

And thank heavens for that, because I have been going to Zumba classes for the last few weeks, trying to regain some level of fitness.  I used to compete in ballroom and latin dancing and I love latin music, so I figured that this would be a great way to get some exercise in without it feeling like exercise. 

My first class was murder!

It was an hour of frenetic shimmying, mambo-ing, wriggling and lots of other things ending in -ing.  I gave in to the music, shook and shimmied my way through, then discovered that I could barely walk home. the next day was even worse. And the one after that. I walked like a zombie for about four days! It's a lot easier now, mostly because I am now going to a class at a proper dance school that has a properly sprung floor and the pace of the class is right for me.

My only problem now is that whilst I think I look good grooving about, the lady in the mirror bears absolutely no relation to the image of me I have in my head!  Ah well, at some point this year I hope this will change!

The pinched nerves turned out to be the ones running through the carpal tunnel in both wrists. My specialist expects that the increase in medication will take the swellings down.  I must say though that a week on from the steroid injection, I can hold a needle with less discomfort.  Still only able to embroider in short bursts but it's progress.

In any case, as I watch events in Japan unfold, I find that I can't moan about anything really.  I have family, a home, safe food and water. These are the things that are really important.