Hi friends! How’s your day going so far?
It’s been a busy one over here, and I had my last hand therapy appointment this morning.
After Thumbgate, I had a lot of nerve sensitivity, numbness and weakness. I would pick things up and drop them, and anytime something touched the spot where I cut the nerve, it felt like an electric shock going through my body. It is now remarkably better, and I am so thankful to my awesome occupational therapist. She did a lot of interesting techniques to help my hand: I had to turn knobs with resistance (opening jars used to be nearly impossible), moved my hand around in bowls of rice and beads, squished clay, squeezed a sponge under water, had tiny warm corn husk particles blown at my hand (which hurt so much at first and now feels like nothing), plus ultrasound therapy and massage to break up the scar tissue. In the picture above, I was holding a toy with tiny objects hidden inside and had to shake it around to find the objects. Apparently there’s a candy cane in there but no one has been able to find it. I’m convinced it doesn’t exist. (Also, I kind of liked that toy. Thinking of ordering one for Liv… so I can play with it haha.)
The numbness is still there, and could improve or stay the same, but my strength has improved dramatically. I highly recommend physical or occupational therapy if you’re dealing with an acute or chronic injury. It took a few appointments with other doctors for me to get a referral, but was so, so worth it.
I was really stoked when I could hold a giant heavy smoothie in my left hand yesterday. It will be a happy day when I can hold weights again without having to cup my thumb underneath.
(Haven’t been in the sun much, but that’s a little intense, phone.)
After my appointment, I needed to grab a couple supplies for dinner, so I stopped by Whole Foods.
(We switched the dogs’ food to The Honest Kitchen a couple of months ago, and alternate between that and the I and Love and You brand. They LOVE it, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in their coats. As far as the protein powder goes, I’m trying to get most of my protein from food, but I’m not drinking Shakeology right now. I’ll do a post about it on the Family page, but in a nutshell, I didn’t feel comfortable drinking megadoses of the herbs and superfoods right now. Instead, I’m occasionally using Vega and Daily Burn Fuel-6.)
Since we don’t live very close to one anymore, I don’t make it to WF nearly as often.
My wallet is thankful, but man, I missed that hot bar!
Made up for lost time:
(Where else can you get eggs, breakfast potatoes, salad, hummus, dolmas and plantains?!)
This was in the ladies’ room, and while destroying property with a Sharpie is never the answer, the “shapeshift!” part was kind of funny.
Tonight I have BODYPUMP practice for the 93 launch this weekend and then teaching right after. It will be nice to have a yoga/active recovery day tomorrow.
Hope you have a great night! Don’t forget to check in with your workout here.
Something to do: this plank burner! It’s only 5 minutes. Let me know how it goes!