The cold shoulder

“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.”               ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Lessons in life

Injuries suck and as you get older they take longer to heal. This past week I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, ” a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint,” as quoted from the Mayo Clinic site.  This all started just before my last triathlon. My left shoulder had been bothering me in September and during  the swim at the Malibu International Triathon I felt as if I was pulling with one arm.

I had X-rays and was diagnosed with bicep tendinitis, impingement and scapula asymmetry. I went to PT and had chiropractic visits and it seemed the shoulder was getting better. Then all of a sudden, or so it seemed, I couldn’t raise my shoulder, put on a jacket, take off my sports bra. The pain is so bad at night that if I am able to get 3 hours of sleep, I consider myself lucky. After 6 weeks, I got an MRI which was incredibly painful as there is so much inflammation in the shoulder and the MRI showed a “possible slight tear” but when looking at my range of motion the doctor was pretty clear on  frozen shoulder. However, he  was quite firm in saying that I don’t need surgery (which was good news!).

So while I am going to miss some parts of my workout routines (swimming, trapeze, wall ball, Olympic lifting) there are so many other things I CAN do. I can still run, jump rope, hike, row, bike/spin, do yoga (with no shoulders involved), and the big lessons  that I am learning are…

Have PATIENCE, self LOVE and embrace the suck.

I’ll be back even stronger; both emotionally and physically! A huge thank you to Charlie Mason for his great camera work and editing!

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.” ~Shakti Gawain