Project Athena - Day 350 (Selfie Care)

A Nature Walk

Today's Self Care: A Nature Walk

A walk in nature is, for me, the most healing activity I know. The rain let up for a short while today and the sun made a rare appearance here in Northern Colorado. Luckily, I was already out on the trail, determined to connect with the earth today. I think I walked about 2 miles with all the little diversions i took to look at the fast flowing Poudre River which is running out of its banks in places. Can I just say again, even though I have said it many times over the course of this blog, "we have a beautiful Mother" (planet).

Trekking on a Trail by the River   Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 93.2mm • F/11 • 1/500s • ISO 640

Trekking on a Trail by the River
Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 93.2mm • F/11 • 1/500s • ISO 640

Project Athena - Day 349 (Selfie Care)

Recovery Foods!

Today's Self Care: Whole foods with healthy nutrients for speedy healing.

Did you know that injury recovery follows a highly organized and predictable pattern? This is something I have recently learned from my physical therapists who continue to encourage me when I am wanting things to move heal quicker. In both soft tissue and bone recovery, inflammation is the first step in the process of clearing away damaged cells.  After that, recovery is all about building up new, functionally equivalent connective tissue and/or bone.

Nutrition plays a huge role in how quickly these healing processes can take place! Foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, zinc, and protein all aid in the bodies recovery from both chronic and acute injuries. The last few days I have had a wide variety of yummy, yet wholesome foods and I have to confess, I can feel a difference in my body.

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 93.2mm • F/9 • 1/180s • ISO 3200

Project Athena - Day 348 (Selfie-Care)

A Walk in the Garden

Today's self care: A walk, by myself, in one of the most beautiful gardens I know, the Denver Botanical Gardens. I walked at a leisurely pace, I sat and rested when I needed to, I photographed when inspired, I even stretched for awhile in the Japanese Garden. The fresh scent of lilacs hung in the air at every twist and turn in the paths. It was like bathing in a fragrant, warm flower bath. The overcast, cool weather was perfect for shooting although it must have discouraged some folks from coming out because it seemed like I was the only one there today.

Denver Botanical Gardens

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 43.9mm • F/22 • .4s • ISO 640

Project Athena - Day 347 (Selfie Care)

Sometimes Action. Sometimes Pills.

I never thought I would see the day when I would take more than 1 pill a month. Now I have 15 pills I take everyday of the week. Granted, most are nutraceutical versus pharmaceutical, but it's still hard for me to swallow these precious gems some days. I have to remind myself  that I love the way they support my body, especially right now!

The Golden Pills    Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 135mm • F/11 • 1/20s • ISO 400

The Golden Pills

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 135mm • F/11 • 1/20s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 346 (Selfie-Care)

The Purrfect Day for a Nap

A half of a muscle relaxant today and it was lights out for me. I curled up under a quilt my Granny made and slept for almost 3 hours. What a purrfect day for a nap! It was cold, windy, and raining outside. My workload was light. And my body reminded me that rest is vital in the healing process. I think I even out slept the cats today. The picture of course in a reenactment but that really is me under the covers and Mr Yourt P-Togurt checking on me.

Yogi Checking on Me While Napping
Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 26.6mm • F/9 • 2s • ISO 400

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Every Experience Changes Us

Inspired by a recent post from Jasmine Iwaskiewicz, I took an inventory of what this back injury has brought and how I am changed.

I Am Changed After Experiencing:
10 days flat on my back
3 Journey processes
2 physical therapists
504 butt stretches
31 inversion treatments
2,641 tears
6 salt baths
8 pain pills
4 muscle relaxants
30 doses of THC/CBD tincture
16 therapeutic walks
24 hours of heat packs
26 hours of ice packs
1 electrical muscle stimulation treatment
11 chiropractor treatments
1 tube of Deep Blue
504 hamstring streches
84 at home physical therapy sessions
2 days of deep despair
3 major setbacks
45 days of gratitude for healing
504 quad stretches
1 Zeke bench press
1/2 Yogi bench press
3 Push Therapy sessions
152 "Rate you pain" answers
1 pedicure
Tender hugs and kisses from my boys
Financial gifts of love and support
Coffee with a friend
Sincere compassion and encouragement
A week long visit from my son
Genuine humility
Waves of shame, fear, unworthiness
Absolute dependency
Frustration beyond words
1452 grunts and moans
67 belly laughs
Calling on all angels and beings for help healing
Determination I didn't know was here
Self preservation strategies at their best and worst
Opening my entire being to ask for and receive help

At Home PT
Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 23.3mm • F/6.4 • 1.8s • ISO 400

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It's been ten steps forward and a few back each week as the healing process with my back continues. I almost didn't post today because I was feeling so depressed about the recent set-back. But alas, some part of me, whom I call Lara, insisted I do something to ease the pain and muscle tension. I chose a hot bath, which she lovingly prepared for me with with my favorite essential oils and some sea salt. Thank you honey.

The pain began to ease almost immediately. Then the inspiration for this weeks theme showed up. So, knowing it will be a week of self-care, here is the first shot. The pedicure was a Mother's Day gift to me from my Mom. I had never had one before last week. OMG!!! I loved it!

Candlelit Bath
Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 25.4mm • F/4 • 1/20s • ISO 3200