Monday, 13 June 2011

Ice skating, aches and bruises.

I know I'm probably insane, but I went ice-skating with the family yesterday.

The last time we went, was while I was really sick. I'd stayed in the warmth of the coffee shop, while the others skated, and they came to "visit" me from time to time.

This time, I actually got out on the ice.

I have to confess that I was a "wall hugger" even before the arthritis. Now, I'm even worse. I did slip over one time, and caught the wall to stop myself falling, bruising my arm and hurting my shoulder and wrist joints. (So much better than hitting the ice and hurting my butt and hips, right?)

I also twisted my ankle - not on the ice, but by tripping over on my way to the ice.

My big lesson from the day is that as soon as I start to feel I need a rest, that's when I should stop all together, and go back to the coffee shop for the rest of the day. I should not stop for a ten minute break and then start again. I got home at about 4pm - collapsed on the couch and woke up again at 9am this morning.
I'm still tired, and my ankles, hips, shoulder and wrist are killing me!

I need to find some balance in what I do. I shouldn't have to feel "left out" of everything my family and friends do. On the other hand, I have to learn what my limits are. I also have to be sensible about exercise: with arthritis, a bit of exercise is good, too much is a problem!

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