In my opinion, I am somewhere between 60-70% recovered. Most of the time, due to my "I can do everything" mentality, I consider myself to be 100%, only to have that proven otherwise with a painful stab to the shoulder. I'm trying to take it easy. I'm trying not to do too much.
Over the past four weeks, I have some huge successes and some total failures. Here's where I stand as of today:
- I have returned to training. Since 5/22, I have run 39.38 miles and biked 183.76 miles. I feel like I am slowly getting back to where I want to be.
- I ran a 5K, in a sling, and finished 6th in my age group. I am bada**.
- I can do a lot for myself. Four weeks ago, I couldn't change my shirt. Now I can do my own hair.
- I finally dropped the five pounds I have been holding onto FOREVER. Apparently, pain and trauma kill your appetite.
- I have proven to my kids that things don't always go as planned and when they don't, you have to find a way to bounce back.
- I have accepted help, which is HUGE for me.
- I am still not even close to pain free. Most everything causes some level of discomfort (FYI: Running is not painful if I stabilize my arm). The worst things are driving, changing diapers, folding laundry, cutting up food and fixing the girls' hair. However, I am fortunate to have an extremely high tolerance for pain.
- Getting dressed is still a challenge. If the material is not stretchy enough, I get stuck in my clothes. It is much easier to get dressed than it is to get undressed.
- I can not do 90% of the ab exercises in Ab Ripper X. Obviously, this isn't important, but it made me withdrawal from the Posse's ab challenge.
- I can not lift my arm above my head. And you don't realize how often you lift your arm over your head, until you can't.
- I can not put pressure on my shoulder. I have to sleep on my back with my arm propped up.
- I can not support weight on my arm (think standing up, push ups, etc.)