Thank heavens for the orthopedic cushion and the blanked I used as a lumbar cushion.
It was nice to forget about my back/piriformis for a while.
Ok, Saturday, Bradley lost to Dallas Baptist 6-1. But BU had one the first 2 in this series and sweeping no. 16 DBU was a tall order. They pulled out the stops with their pitching, getting strong performances from the entire staff.
Sunday: 40 F and breezy; the Chiefs went to 6-3 by way of a walk-off 7-6 win. But what a game. The starter threw fire and struck out 10 in 5 innings; the first reliever didn’t drop off much, striking out one and not allowing any runs.
So after 7 the Chiefs were up 2-0 and then came the top of the 8’th. OMG..the Loons teed off and got 5 runs..and were close to a 6’th when a runner was thrown out at 3’rd trying to leg out a triple..and from where I sat..the Loons had a right to complain. But the umpire was right there.
And so the Chiefs promptly..scored 4 in the bottom of the 8’th to retake the lead!
In the 9’th the Loons tied the game with a solo home run to left..but in the bottom of the 9’th..two outs..one on base due to an infield single and throwing error…what should have been the third out was botched allowing the runner from second to score and win the game 7-6.
I am getting ready to go to a Chiefs game; I saw a good Bradley Baseball game yesterday. That is for my next post. What I will report is that using an orthopedic seat cushion and my Bears stadium blanket as a lumbar cushion helped me forget about my back/piriformis for a while.
The big news (in my saga) is that I returned to swimming on Saturday and decided to try the following routine:
Swim: Sat, Mon, Wed, Friday, lift: Tu, Th, Sunday with short walks (1 mile or so)
Saturday: swimming: 200 free slow, 100 kick drill with fins, 4 x 50 0n 1:10 (55-57 each), 100 kick drill with fins, 200 drill/swim with fins 100 side stroke, 4 x 50 on 1:10 free (56-57 each). Sad but it is a start.
Then I walked 1.25 miles outside; same old story; went great for 0.6-0.8 miles, ok at mile 1, then kind of tough. PT on the grass before the walk, then on my porch when I got home.
Today: long workout broken up by:
28 minutes inside PT (laying stuff)
42 minutes outside with PT (including banded walks) and 5 x 10 pull ups, 5 wide, 6 chin.
Then 56 minutes inside (2:10 total) which included:
bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 150, 10 x 150 (feet on a stool to relieve back pressure)
curls: 3 sets of 10 with 50
high incline back: 3 sets of 10 x 103
deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 being very careful. Next deadlift session will be handle work.
Note: McKenzie afterward didn’t yield that left side leg/butt pain like it did before, and I wore a light belt.
Then some stretching (10 min) and a 16 minute walk (1 mile) to finish it all up.
Note: the walk was not GREAT but…one interesting sign: the pain..was mild and it seemed to migrate upward..I could feel my glutes working. Getting the pain to localize to the back would be a major step forward for me. For some reason: back pain is easier to deal with that deep glute pain.
Note: weight is 205 (Riverplex): too heavy. I really need to be 195 or lighter, but pull ups are going ok. Go figure.
Back: who knows; I don’t know if I am willing to risk back surgery or if I even need it. But I think I am ready to try shots.
Wednesday was kind of rough..and Thursday..started bad when I woke up, the walks went better than expected.
No, not great, but..sort of ok.
Walk to campus was fine too. Then..back home..not so great..did a bit more PT and some stretching, then..ugh..a walk to pick up a student exam was downright awful. That’s happened before; it is almost as if I have a set limit of walks on a day before the butt says “no more” and I have to do the 1/4 mile, stretch, 1/4 mile, stretch, etc.
And it appears that on my left side..glute, FRONT (now) and side..almost feels swollen. The left pelvic area is messed up.
If offered invasive treatments, I’ll accept.
Now about PT: it HAS done some good; I now can stand in one place without being in pain; the glute exercises have helped a great deal.
Yesterday: walking plus PT. I got through the walks; PT was ok..but afterward..walking to the office..discomfort later in the day, and ache upon sitting at the Chiefs game. I took the walks to the limit. But man…the back…tough couple of days.
Today: well, last night..I wonder if that sitting set stuff off. But..then again, the workout went ok; some tingles after deadlifts but ..they didn’t look that bad.
Full PT plus with pull ups: 5 sets of 10, set of 5 wide, set of 5 chins
I was worried that I had regressed…it was probably just the exercise bike.
I am in a quandary: how “hurt” am I? Is this chronic..just something I have to live with? Might it get better like it did so many years ago? Should I not walk at all or swim and walk only a tiny amount? If offered an invasive procedure: take it?
I don’t have pain at rest, but I do balk at walking short distances unless I can stretch first.
Saturday: I did the full PT and then did a few deadlifts downstairs: side was 100 percent painless with the third set: 10 x 144, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all beltless)
Then I walked:
Note the second walk (at the top) was 15:33 for the course that, well, measures longer at different times. Going by Google Maps, it was 1.16 in 15:33 which would mean 13:24 for that walk.
I iced afterward; some IT soreness.
Today: more PT, and two walks plus a third experimental walk:
The last walk, I took slowly and wore my new nylon weight belt; it mattered..a little. In each case, I was ready to stop but..had many moments of “normality.”
I saw all three Bradley Baseball games; there was a 2-0 7 inning loss (errors..not a lot of hitting); a thrilling 5-4 win in 10 innings in the second game and a 20-5 loss in the Sunday game that saw Wright State blast 4 home runs including a grand slam.
It was 20-3 in the 6’th inning.
As far as the 5-4 game; BU seemed to be in control leading 4-3 with 2 out in the top of the 9’th, but then came a solo home run to tie the game. BU walked it off in the 10’th.
The Saturday game: chilly; fans moved to where the sunlight was.
Note: I walked a lap between the double header games and stretched at the top of the bern..eccentric professors…