Fibro Feelings – Memorial Day Hiking
I am extremely excited about the highlight of my week. I went hiking for the first time since my fall that caused my bursitis and re-sprained my ankle, last year! I went a little slower than I would have liked to, but I guess that just left me more time to enjoy the nature. I went three miles over 500 ft of elevation gain with The Helpful Hubby. It took me almost four hours, but I made it, using my hiking poles.
The hike was along a river and we saw lots of wildflowers and a few birds. We went later in the afternoon, just as most people were leaving the area. This made the hike even more peaceful. There was one part of the trail that we didn’t get to do because I was worried that might be pushing my luck. Now I kind of wish I’d gone ahead and done it. We stopped for some late dinner on the way home, showered and laid on the couch for the rest of the night. Of course, I was sore all over and my leg/hip was hurting, but it was manageable and worth it.
I had my calf compression sleeves on while hiking, but still ended up pretty swollen. I actually gained three pounds of swelling (I weighed myself before and after hiking), but had lost two pounds of it by the next morning. I’m always amazed by how much wearing the calf compression sleeves overnight helps decrease swelling. I iced my bursitis the next morning and felt pretty good the rest of the day. What I felt most is fatigue, but that is from three nights of bad insomnia more so than the hiking.
The other thing that amazes me with how well I’ve felt afterward is the fact that I spent a lot of the end of the week dusting and vacuuming, more than I’ve been doing lately. Since The Helpful Hubby had an extra long weekend I also felt more comfortable asking for his help with a few things around the house. This means even more of my to-do list has gotten checked off. I feel like this weekend was really refreshing and just what I needed!
What’d you do this Memorial Day Weekend?