Shoulder, yoga, and just general life.


Wow, I really don’t update my blog enough.  I guess since Google+ is there I tend to micro-blog there quite a bit.

It’s almost holiday season.  I can’t believe the school year has gone by so quickly.  I wish I could say that it’s been a good year, and mental it has. Physically, not so much. Last year I started having problems with my left shoulder.  It nearly locked up on me.  A round of steroids and things got better.  Summer vacation allowed me to rest from interpreting and I didn’t give it a second thought.  The school year started and I would be working with a different student.  One who was enrolled in advanced classes.  What!?  I really didn’t know what to expect.  After the first couple weeks I was blown away.  The kids in these classes actually understood and I could see the learning happening.  So fun!  With these classes came a higher level of interpreting.  I love it.  There is only one draw back, the teachers talk for the entire 90 minute block. Four classes a day + 90 minutes = Ouchiness.  My shoulder started hurting again. I headed back to the doctor for another round of steroids.  It helped relieve some of the pain but I started experiencing numbness in my bicep and hand.  UGH!

This week I go to an orthopedic specialist to see what can be done.  It’s odd, the pain I feel.  I can only describe it as electricity shooting down from my shoulder to my middle, index finger, and thumb.  Pins and needles I guess would be another way to say it.  Some of my colleagues are sure it’s Carpal Tunnel.  I hope they are wrong as I don’t have any pain in my wrist area.  I guess that’s why we go to doctors, right? I’m a tad nervous all though I’ll be happy if they can stop this feeling in my arm and hand.

One person mentioned that I’m probably getting injured because I need to lose weight.  Yes, I’m overweight.  Yes, it can cause added pressure on my joints, i know this.  Yes, I know I need to lose weight.  But I honestly think it’s the 90 minute blocks of interpreting, four times a day that is causing some kind of repetitive stress injury.  Again, I’ll let the doctor diagnose me and stop Googling things to try to self diagnose.

In an effort to start moving again and help get some flexibility, I took a private yoga lesson.  I feel in love with the process.  I haven’t been able to go back due to my shoulder I decided to find a home practice DVD and do what I could.  After a thorough search of the internet I found  I ordered the DVD, Expanding into Fullness (heh..the name cracks me up, I got your fullness right here).  It sat on the table for a week.  Today, was the first time I used the DVD.  Ahhhhh….I feel good.  I couldn’t do all the poses.  That’s fine.  If my shoulder started to do it’s electrical thing, I rested.  I already feel different, better.  I wonder if that’s normal?

What else, Oh…Jerry is now a Glass Explorer.  I was given an opportunity to invite people to become explorers.  It’s been fun to have him be a Glass celebrity with me when we go out and about.  People don’t approach him though…they beeline to me.  It’s got to be because I’m so cute 🙂

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