Warning: This may sound complainy, but it’s not. I was just struggling to come up with a topic.
Every since my wrist had that last round of tendonitis and my knees have hurt enough that I went to a presentation on knee pain, I’ve been moving differently. At least, I’m trying to move differently.
I think that a lot of the wrist trouble came from all the lifting at work and, surprisingly, getting 20 cots ready every day. Each cot has a small fitted sheet that has to be put on it, and most of them have fairly tight elastic. 20 times a day I would put three sheet corners on effortlessly and then yank that last one with my left wrist. 20 cots a day, five days a week, for (cough cough) years. Now I push that last corner on. Also, I don’t lift things with my left hand anymore. Old Righty gets to do the work, and if I need two hands, Left Forearm gets to do the job. As a result, my wrist feels pretty dang good.
The knees? Well, I still have some bad habits, but the one good one I’m trying to do is standing up from sitting on the floor differently. I used to just go from down to up, but now there are steps:
Get my feet on the floor (I squat).
Straighten legs as much as possible (I’m still not super flexible) but keep my hands on the floor.
Push off from the floor a little bit.
I may look ridiculous, but it’s easier to get up. Gotta protect that cartilage while I can. I keep hearing Brad’s voice, “Permanent damage! Permanent damage!”