No surprise, but I did not buy a multithousand dollar statement handbag as a gift to myself upon getting promoted. I bought this quite beautiful Harveys bag instead. All Harveys products are made in the USA out of seatbelts! I think it's very me, very much my personal style. It's a roomy satchel that's not too big and hangs nicely from my shoulder. Regularly priced $278, but it is on sale now at Zappos for $195. There's a smaller one, too. The quality is excellent, and I love the silver nickel hardware instead of gold. Cause we all know silver rocks.
Thank you for the kind words when I announced I had blogger's block. I typically reply to comments, but I have been so busy at work and sick on top of it and left the comments on idle. I'm proud to say it was my second full week on the job, and I was barely breathing, but I pulled it off anyway.
As Ann Richards said in her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, "If you give us a chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."
In my case, it would be backwards and in Easy Spirits. Not as glam, but I had to make special accommodations for my lingering sports injury. The Easy Spirits look like flight attendant shoes. I like them, but I hope to be back in sassier shoes soon. And that leads me to my get off the stage comments, which will feature an update on my bad knees.
Here is the executive summary. I used to be a competitive racewalker. In May 2010 I went to a racewalking clinic and hurt my knees badly. Ongoing pain and swelling has dramatically curtailed my exercise, even my ability to move around or sleep without pain. Months of physical therapy helped some, but nothing made it go away completely. Even the physical therapist gave up -- he said I needed to adjust my expectations.
Two MRIs show my knees are 100 percent normal -- not even any signs of arthritis. Yay! The doctor finally said the only thing left to do is an exploratory arthroscopy. I was within a week of having the surgery, when I was talking to a young woman at work who played Lacrosse in college and has had multiple surgeries on her knees and still has problems. She said you don't want to get them cut on unless you've exhausted all your other options.
I went to a sports injury rehab clinic, and the first thing he said is that pain lies. It's not usually where you think it is, and it usually starts at the top and moves down. He said the biggest problem I had was my back, which was referring pain to my knees. My back never hurt! He gave me back stretches, and 60 percent of my pain was gone in two days. The knee pain didn't completely go away, and he is using a variety of sports rehab techniques such as ART to break up the scar tissue in my knees and dry needling to loosen up the muscle knots in my quads.
I'm the best I've been since I first hurt them and am exercising 30 minutes a day with no pain. Slowly building up to more but not doing anything dumb. I hate to play the gender-age card, but some of the so-called professionals I consulted with wrote me off because I'm a middle-aged woman, and hey, isn't knee pain normal for you gals? I kept telling them it was an injury not a gradual decline, but they couldn't accept me as an athlete. Just a gray-haired lady with bum knees.
My point today is about listening to your body and never giving up. That saved me with cancer, and it looks like it's going to return me to a more active life without knee pain and without surgery.