Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday

Had a beautiful weekend! Weather was great! Went for an easy ride on Sunday around the Springer. Decided to buy my son a full-suspension bike for his birthday...I think I have a problem...My name is Michelle and I'm a bike-aholic...I have more bikes than people in my house. I also have a reputation around my office...I hear my co-workers wispering behind my back...they call me "the bike freak". I have had 4 different co-workers this week come to me and ask me bike questions and opinions. One guy even wants me to check out 3 old bikes that have been rusting around his house to see if he can get any $ from them. I guess I fake it pretty good, :). Either that or Bike Guy has hyponotized me somehow, I have spent mass $$ there over the last year.

Has anyone see the bike thing on the TV show "American Inventor"??? What do you think of that??? I only saw a glimps of it when the kid 1st tried out. An attachment so someone can sit on the bars and help with pedaling?? I don't know...

I gained a few pounds, acting the slug while recovering. I gotta get it off but I don't do the hunger thing very well....life also isn't the same without a white chocolate mocha in the morning...and beer/cocktail in the evening. Sacrifice sucks, it hurts to be beautiful (ha!)

Shoulder update: Doing good, still can't put the arm behind me twist it out or pull with it as those movements hurt a bit but at least the shoulder is feeling connected again...except when I cough. That causes it to feel like it slips, which hurts. Weird, huh? I had my last check up with the DR and hope to be finished with physical therapy in about 2 weeks. I'm now working with hand weights instead of rubberbands, which is nice because it requires more stabilization overall than the rubberbands. The physical therapist told me today it can be up to a year before I don't "notice" the shoulder anymore. A YEAR???? Sheesh. I think I was a bit mis-informed. Anyway, I woke up this morning with NO PAIN at all. The shoulder FELT NORMAL. Then I got out of bed and it made it's-self aware but not painful. It's also weird that the right shoulder is stronger than the left one now, but weaker at the same time. I can only lift a max of 12 pounds with my right arm but I can do more reps with the rubberbands and weights, with out shaking, than I can with the right. So I am starting to work out both shoulders, I don't want to turn into a Popeye on the right side and Olive Oyl on the left.

Oh, I also FINALLY get my desk and chair at work ergonomically set up tomorrow!!! I had an ergo eval at work after surgery and learned a lot. I haven't sat back in my chair while typing (documenting everything I do is 90% of the job) in 6 years...6 YEARS! My the keyboard tray and the actual desk top are too low for my knees to fit under. I tried lowering my chair which caused my legs to splay allover and had to lift up my arms to type which caused carple tunnel type issues. So I raised my chair up so my arms wouldn't hurt, then I can't get my legs under the keyboard, so I sit on the front edge of my chair, knees against the keyboard tray and lean forward over the keyboard so I can reach it. It isn't a very friendly position and probably aggeravated my shoulder over the years. The ero people PROMISE they can fix it without having to raise my desk,which will probably never happen because it's a modular thing and the have to hire actual work crews to do it. I will finally be able to sit back...ahhh.

3 comments:

George said...

That's awesome your shoulder is doing better.

My wife is a nurse and she does a lot of desk work-she had an ergo eval a few months ago and they totally redid her workspace.

That and the discovery that one of her legs is a good inch shorter then the other (they fitted her with a lift in one shoe) has made her back feel much better.

Don't feel bad about spending money at the LBS....I had them total up what I've spent at my LBS over the past 10 years and it was into 5 figures......

Michelle said...

5 figures!!! Ok, you got me beat for now but I still have 9 more years to catch up with you!! I feel sooo much better...anyone have any spare $$? I feel the need to shop for bike parts....

steve said...

My bike expenditure for the past couple of years is well into 4 figures - but it's still cheaper than owning a car and paying for gas!

I do a lot of typing at work, and the way I handled it was to set the arms on the chair to where they just support my elbows, put the (ergonomic Microsoft Natural) keyboard on my lap, and then I can type with a lot less strain on my shoulders and forearms. This method was approved of by a consultant I went to see about carpal tunnel (which was caused by typing up to 18 hours a day in the dot bomb era). I also use wrist braces, which helps a lot, but I don't know if there's an equivalent for shoulders.

I had a fairly bad knee injury when I came off my bike early last year on a patch of ice and burst the synovial membrane. I still get occasional twinges now, and on long rides (anything over 60km or so) I still need to wear an athletic support. Most of the time it's fine, though. Perhaps that's what the specialist meant by it taking up to a year? Good to hear it's feeling better, though!