This year I had a lot of anticipation for my local Arthritis Walk. I wasn’t as involved with the planning committee this year, so I didn’t know all the details of what it would be like. We met up with some friends and since The Helpful Hubby and I didn’t have to volunteer during the event this year, we walked the one mile course. I didn’t want to do the three mile course and have The Boisterous Boy get too cranky.
They had a vendor there with electric bicycles and now that I’ve tried them I really want one! Even on the low power setting it made riding on the grass easy. I can see so many great uses for it for someone with fibromyalgia! I was thinking that I could connect one of those bike trailers onto it to be able to take The Boisterous Boy out for rides without it being too taxing on my body. Along those same lines, it would allow me to ride faster so I could keep up with The Helpful Hubby and his friends and not worry about riding on windy days. I HATE riding in the wind.
The neat thing is that you can still shift the gears to harder gears so you can get a workout. Having the option to speed it up and make it easier would be great if your body starts hurting though. They’re pricey, but not any more than an expensive bike is. Just like high end bikes, you can also rent them by the hour, day or weekend, which would make it nice for a special staycation.
Anyway, back to the details of the day. Later in the evening my back and hip were hurting me fairly badly. It’d started hurting the night before the walk and I forgot to take something for the pain and swelling the night. After eating dinner and putting The Boisterous Boy down for a nap The Helpful Hubby suggested that I take an Epsom salt bath. I immediately thought, “Duh! Why I didn’t I think of that?” I knew why though…it was because I was tired, in pain and still trying to clean up some things around the house. In other words, I wasn’t thinking clearly.
I then took the longest soak I’ve had since giving birth and it felt great! My body felt so much better when I got out. Well, most of my body. My finger joints were killing me all of a sudden. It took me awhile, then I had a laugh when I realized why. While I was soaking, I was holding a huge, 806 page baby book up above the water and my body. Of course my fingers would get sore! Luckily they were feeling better by the next day.
How do you comfortably hold books while in a tub?
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