Yet again – or still- I am coping with injury and the changes that injury brings. In my case, it’s been going on so long that I’ve moved beyond the desire to push the boundaries and slipped into the ennui that all too often signals giving up.
I have been told that I may not do any exercise or movement that brings my surgically repaired arm over my head. There is an impingement point in the cartilage that must scar over -and cartilage is very slow to “heal”. So until at least June I still have somewhat limited movement.
Although, when I think about it, very little is really restricted from me because of this directive.
On top of that, I pulled my groin in December and that injury is very slow to heal. It may be June before it completely stops aching. Until that happens, I’ve lost about 20 degrees of motion in my left leg. Unable to bring it fully up toward my chest or fully wide to put on and tie a shoe.
I’m feeling the fatigue of constant injury and I’m not sure how to address this. I could
- “soldier on” -doing limited upper body and lower body work as the pain allows.
- stop completely until I feel completely healed, then begin over again.
- I could simply quit.
I don’t have the energy at the moment to fight this. How have you dealt with long-term injury? How do you get into your head and convince yourself to push through? What about when you can’t push hard enough to feel or see any reward in trying?