10 June 2021

A Summery Lunch Down By the River



New Haven River, June 2021

After the doctor appointment for injection(s) in my sore knee, as a treat to myself...I bought a light lunch, took out the lawn chair from the back seat, and sat by the New Haven River in Bristol, Vermont for lunch. 

The injections did not hurt at all except for a tiny pinch when the first needle went in for the lanocaine. I felt no imediate change. Later, a bit of weirdness in my knee, and hours later confirmation the lanocaine wore off is all I noticed. On day two, there's no stabbing pains when I first stand up, and I am walking better, but the discomfort, stiffness and sometimes pain is still there. The steroid shot can take days to a few weeks to show relief.  




Before I left my lunch location, I dipped my toes in the water. To my surprise, the water was not freezing cold in the shallow by the shore pool of water. The water runs faster in the center through some boulders and various rocks. 

Bugs were not a bother. I did see, however, a rather teradactyl looking black flying insect that was a concern at the water's edge. It like swooping around and landing on a dry stone. 

I needed the break and time with Nature. Chronic pain is new to me. Aches I know well. But chronic pain is a completely different stituation to adjust to. My heart goes out to everyone that suffers with such a condition. I am grateful for medical science.




I learned a straw bent in half makes a neat chop stick. Keeping a plastic utensil in the car is an on going challenge. 

I walked barefoot back to the car after the toe dipping. The feeling was strange thinking years have gone by since I walked away from water barefoot or felt wet sand in my sandals. The experience was almost as memory inducing as a scent that brings back thoughts of days gone by. 

If you can, then this summer consider trying a toe dip, and a bare foot short walk. Or for a reality check along with those wonderful memories, you could spread wet sand in your sandals. I'm sure that enhance the memories for me. 


The quiet pool where I dipped my toes in the water.



26 comments:

  1. I remember the odd time when I did that in a lake. In April.

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    1. William,
      Being around water, enjoying Nature is therapeutic. April must have been quite a bit of chilly waters.

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    1. Kathy,
      Nature moments go beyond a breath of fresh air.

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  3. This is lovely. I'm sorry for the pain, but glad you are finding some relief with the shot. Water in nature is so healing - it's a "thin" place for me, where the veil between this world and eternity is very thin.

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    1. Lorrie,
      Water in Nature feels like it clears out mental cobwebs.
      Day 3, I notice less pain.

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  4. What a beautiful peaceful place to stop and have a light lunch. I can see why you wanted to visit the river. I bet it felt so good dipping your feet in the water. Haven't done that in a long time myself. I'm glad the shot worked for your knee pain. My Mom had arthritis, and at times she would get the shot, and she would feel better for a long time after. I'm sorry you have chronic pain now, that must be hard to deal with day to day. And I'm so glad you took a break and spent time in nature. That does us all a world of good. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri,
      It is good to read your mother's shot lasted a long time. It gives me hope. The parking at the river is amazing how close cars can park bumper to bumper in the high hot months of summer. Key is get there early. This time of year there isn't a lot of traffic during the week.

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  5. This sounds like absolute heaven. Well, not the shot and its after effects but certainly the restorative treat you gave yourself. How wonderful to be close to nature and yes, dip those toes in the fresh water. I hope the shot effects continue to hold in and you're over the soreness part soon.

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    1. Jeanie,
      The sound of the rushing water, and it does move fast, is sootthing. The river's acoustics vary along the shore with boulders, rocks, trees, and such to bounce off.
      Thank you. Day 3 the knee injection feels to be coming along well. First standing up, no stabbing pain is wonderful. Have a pleasant weekend.

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  6. The river scene is so pretty - and nice that there weren't hordes of people around to spoil it. Really hoping the shot will help your pain to dissipate.

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    1. Maryanne,
      The sound of moving water, where it is suppose to be moving, is soothing.
      Day 3 there is noticeable improvement. I can regularly stand after sitting without stabbing pain or intense stiffness. I look forward to all of the discomfort and pain gone.

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  7. Hola me encanta a ver encontrado tu blog me parece muy interesante me encantan las fotos. Saludos

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    1. NaNy,
      Bienvenidos. Gracias. Hacer fotos es muy divertido.
      You escribo de Google translation.

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  8. Your outing sounds wonderful. Dipping your toe in nature is so good for the spirit! Beach time here and the inevitable stream which crosses the beach provide an excellent opportunity to do the same.

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    1. Marie,
      Beach time is fantasctic. I hope you have a good bit of fun, and the waves are soothing to you.

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  9. What a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the relaxation and appreciation of nature. Hope your knee is on the mend and the pain lessens soon!

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    1. Jenclair,
      Beautiful places to relax is the perfect image to think about.
      Day 3 there is less pain. Thank you.

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  10. I hope your pain will subside and you will feel better soon. It's always nice to walk barefoot in summer.

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    1. Loree,
      Feeling better, and looking forward to wsrm sand. Have a Happy Week

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  11. How wonderful to discover or rediscover what gives you delight ~ Lovely nature photos ~ Xo

    Live in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Beautiful pictures of the creek. I'm hoping more pain relief is being experienced by now even. I think your blog is beautiful and fresh. Kind of makes me want to play around with mine. ;^)

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    1. Becki,
      A fresh look big or small, can make summer feel cheerful.
      Thank you.
      Knee pain feels leveled out as far as the relief will go. I suspect a higher dose injection may be in the future.

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  13. I have been blog-absent, so I'm catching up on you! Love your thoughts on so many things, and your adventure in the gorgeous clouds...

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