Thursday Open Thread

April 19, 2012

It’s Thursday, y’all!

And my cup is half full as opposed to half empty today. Thanks for all the sympathy and advice regarding my injury. I have been resting and taking Advil and I have an appointment with my family care doc on April 30. But I also visited a massage therapist who specializes in trigger point therapy and wow! I am feeling so much better, physically and emotionally.

I described the nagging, nonspecific pain I was feeling in my upper hip area, and she said, “I think I know what that is.” The suspect: a strained quadratus lumborum. It gets injured, she said, when you “bend over like this and pick up something heavy.” So she goes on to demonstrate EXACTLY how I pick up my 35-pound toddler day after day. When I mentioned that the pain started during our vacation, she said a suitcase could just as easily have been the culprit. Alrighty then.

So I get on the table and she explains that she can get to the muscle if I lie on my side. She pinpoints a spot on my back, just under my rib cage and BAM! There it is. It hurts, but I also feel instant relief, if that makes any sense. She focused on that muscle for most of the massage, along with my quads, glutes and hamstrings. “It won’t be pleasant,” she warned. And it wasn’t. But I felt better. The following day that specific muscle was sore but it no longer hurt every time I took a step. I will see her again in a week. Who knows if this relief is all in my head, but I’ll take it!

In the news: a Brigham Young study found that that kids whose parents are footing the entire college bill, including tuition, books, housing and recreation money, were most likely to be partying and possibly floundering.

In other news, the sky tends to be blue. Srsly? This makes perfect sense to me. While I hope to be able to subsidize the majority of my kids’ education, I think it’s healthy and realistic to expect them to kick in a little – at least to cover their own recreation and some textbooks, for pete’s sake. What say you?

What’s on your mind? Chat away!