4 to 5 months ago I slipped stepping off a ladder, spun around, and stuck my arm out to absorb the blow — acute shoulder pain. I lay there thinking, just how bad is this? Well, pretty bad, not so much in the severity of the injury, but in the time it’s taking to heal.* But finally, it’s getting better bit by bit. I’ve gone to an acupuncturist, a traditional Chinese massage guy, a great physical therapy lady, and done light shoulder exercises when I can remember them during these busy times. Trying to avoid surgery.
I’ve found during the course of many injuries over the years, that you get to a point where you’re not making any progress, and you have to push a little into the pain zone with rehabilitation. The trick is to work the injured area enough to get circulation going and repairs started, but not screw things up even more.
So, feeling a bit better, I went surfing last night, and it was a thrill to be back in the water for the first time in four months. I only got one ride, and that was on my knees (more than a bit rusty), but it was a start. Getting into the ocean in any manner whatsoever gets the chi flowing.
*I heard a comedian one day talking about how fast young people heal. He said when you’re 18, you can get fairly badly hurt, then stand in front of the mirror and watch yourself heal.