|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.|