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Diary of an artist, Saturday, April 6, 2019
Woke up 3:30 am
Actually I should have titled this entry “My massive hip pain is gone”, not “My hip pain is gone” because it’s not 100% gone. I still feel it (the pain) a little bit.
I’d say it’s almost 100% gone (98% would be the number if I had to pick one).
Near the end of last year I decided that I will exercise while I’m reading books or working on my computer, but also when I’m brushing my teeth, shaving, loading and unloading the dishwasher, or even watching my son’s soccer match.
I came up with this idea (probably not very fortunate one — probably as I’m not 100% sure if that’s the source of the recent problem with my hip), that I will do balancing exercises. I figured that when I’m standing still, both my feet flat on the ground my body (my muscles) don’t engage much. I mean, I’m standing and sooner or later I will get tired, but let’s be honest, nobody ever got fitter from just standing on their feet on a flat surface. There’s not much challenge for the body if we stand on our feet on a flat surface.
I wanted to find some life (or exercise) hack. Something I never heard about and which will be helpful and smart, or just smart, or just helpful. That’s what I want to do most of the time. Something I never heard about, something “nobody” else does. Of course, there is no guarantee that I’ll be the only person who is doing it, or the first person who ever did that, or thought about doing it (how could I even find out?, I don’t know what all people over the age of, say, 7 who live on this planet are doing), but that’s not the point. I don’t care if I’ll be the only one or the first one. What I care about is avoiding mindlessly mimicking others, avoiding doing what others do, because that’s what so called “normal” people do. That’s the worst to me.
So I figured that I will do those balancing exercises. What were they? Not very complicated stuff. Standing on just one foot instead of both feet, slightly leaning forward or backward when standing on both feet. Anything which engages your muscles way more than mere standing on both feet. And also, since I mentioned reading and working on my laptop, holding my legs straight and up while sitting in an armchair.
The results were fantastic! I could see how, in a matter of just a few weeks, my six-pack (I have one although I’m not very muscular in general — I never seemed to have any problems maintaining a flat belly, and my legs are quite muscular for someone who doesn’t go to the gym) improved. What also improved was the stability in my right ankle. Because I’m so used to the idea that I have a flat belly I don’t like when, especially after Christmas break, I feel that my belly is not the way it had used to be before I mainly ate for several days in a row. It’s still weird to me that I celebrate it as I’m not a believer — but I treat it as a tradition, another way to bond with those family members who are far away and who believe in God, and to whom not celebrating it would be unthinkable, not as something I do out of some sort of religious obligation. By the way I also don’t have a problem telling people that I’m not a believer, unlike many who utter such nonsensical statements as “I’m not particularly religious”, which they do in order not to hurt the feelings of certain family members, dead or alive.
Problem is, after several more weeks, I started to have a hip pain (especially in my right hip). What was interesting about it was that it appeared suddenly and the pain was almost at once significant. To the point I had trouble walking, standing, sitting, and falling asleep.
After maybe a week and a half of this pain I decided that I need to do something about it before I will not be able to walk at all. I didn’t know what to expect and each day the pain bothered me more.
So I decided first to search the Internet. Prior to that I had tried to called my friend who is a orthopedist and ask him what might be wrong, but he neither answered my call, nor called back, so I took the matters in my own hands. I found some articles on hip pain, its most and less common causes, and its treatment. From those articles I learned that the best form of treatment are exercises. Special exercises which relieve the hip pain. I browsed the Internet a little bit more, found some pdfs and videos and picked a set of exercises recommended by Versus Arthritis, an UK based organization (registered charity, actually, if one can trust Wikipedia, UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting people with arthritis) formed in 2018 following a merger of two other UK registered charities Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK. I chose their set of exercises because they had the best (in my assessment) web site, information, and pdf — it convinced me that they know what they’re talking about and that that’s what I need.
After doing the exercises for three weeks (not every day, 4–5 times a week), and a couple of additional exercises I found on YouTube, from sources which seemed trustworthy, the pain is almost entirely gone. Now I also do exercises for neck pain which Versus Arthritis recommends for there are days when I feel that my neck isn’t well — but it’s not like that hip pain (at least not yet), so I decided that I will do the exercises before there’s a problem and to avoid this periodic discomfort.
Reading (since my last diary entry):
Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays by George Orwell (160 min, on scribd app).
Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography by Joakim Garff (160 min, on scribd app).
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (160 min, on scribd app).
Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):
The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe (100 min, on scribd app).
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
The Island (on HBO Go) Finished it. Great story!
Leaving Neverland Part 1 (on HBO Go) Finished it.
In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution (on HBO Go) Finished it.
The Pacific Home (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Little Gandhi (on HBO Go) Finished it.
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (on HBO Go) Finished it.
In Blue (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Walk the Line (on HBO Go) Finished it.
One Nation Under Stress (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Jordgubbslandet (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Music for this writing session: Jazz Classics (playlist on spotify)