my body is screaming at me.

My left knee has been hurting all day. I put my brace on for extra support, but i know i need more than that. I’ve had knee issues for a while, and they stem back to treeplanting over a decade ago. But, after two pregnancies, two births, carrying my kids, breastfeeding them and all that other stuff that mama’s do for their kids, my body is screaming for attention. And it’s LOUD! And yes, my knee pain is connected to breastfeeding, as all your muscles are somehow joined to each other, as are your nerves. I’ve been hunched over for so long, tightening my shoulders, by back, which has now travelled down to my knee. The knee pain is not new and comes and goes. When i get to the Y and yoga regularly it feels better. One of my friends who suffers from knee pain has also recommended this knee compression brace from Amazon to me and I must admit, I’m tempted to give it a try.

[ bear (6.5 months) and i in finland, after we got my finnish citizenship in order. even though i was born there and my mama is a finn, i only held canadian citizenship until 2008. the law was such at the time of my birth, that the child took the father’s citizenship. i was so happy on this afternoon in september 2008 to finally be a finn! now, i can travel with my finnish EU-passport! ]


i went to a highly recommended chiropractor in town, who basically told me that the left side of my body is more messed than my right, but who are we kidding, my whole spine area is a huge ball of messed up mess!
when bear was a baby i carried him in a sling, but was pretty good at switching sides. when lion was a baby, i only carried him on one side. sure, i used the ergo and eventually carried him on my back, but i’ve always been a sling mama, and now that my babies are no longer babies i am really feeling that pain and paying the price of all of that one sided carrying!
my chiro was so kind and reassured me that although my initial scans weren’t great, they weren’t horrific either, and that there is lots of potential to get my body to where it should be. she also sent me for x-rays, as a precaution, especially after my pituitary gland tumour history. her and i will discuss those images on friday.

[ the dudes and i at hillside, 2011 ]


i feel like this year, i have slowly started to harness back some control of my body again. i lost it to my kids years ago and then my tumour, but now i am slowly finding ways to really nurture it again. i was going to the gym regularly in the winter and spring, but completely fell off the wagon in the summer. now, i am ready to get back into that routine as well.

my body is screaming for attention, and finally, i feel like i can give it what it needs.
finally!

how’s your self care?

xo, mama lola
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  1. says

    I wish your aches and pains to be minimal soon. It is great that you stay on top of them with your doctors. Glad you were able to get your citizenship taken care of the way you wanted. Sounds wonderful for you. I had no idea that some countries use the father’s citizenship to determine the children’s. Very interesting.

    I found that Reiki has helped me relax and take out some of the “kinks” and soreness in my daily life. When life was beyond stressful for me (hubby was dying), my sister in law got someone to visit and do this for me once a week. I was skeptical to put it mildly, but whatever it is, the quiet, the warm touch, the positive energy, I would relax and be still and actually get GREAT sleep. Just thought I wouls share that with you…

    • says

      the law in finland regarding citizenship changed the year after i was born. of course!

      i have heard lots of good things about reiki. i have not tried it myself, but certainly would if i had more time. there are just not enough hours on the day for everything. especially self care. one day.

      thanks for stopping by.

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