(I’ve been playing a fair amount of Coltrane and Miles lately so let’s start with this photo)
I’ve been bitching about carpal tunnel and the trouble with my hands for many posts now. I had a doctor appointment yesterday and got these plantar nasty warts scraped off my left foot. I mentioned the problem with my hands and so the PA put me through a series of stretches and bends with my hands and flanges. Diagnoses: tendonitis
Well, that was a shock. But in a way it was a relief because that is far more treatable. Plenty of ice, compression gloves while driving bus or sleeping at night, a little ibuprofen, and stretching before playing guitar. So while I won’t be playing like Jimmy Page in a matter of days I will be playing with less pain very soon. And that makes me so relieved.
Today I had the oil changed and A/C recharged on the Mercury Land Yacht. The repair shop is at the other end of this small town. I dropped it off this morning and walked home. It was about a mile and one of the wart spots hurt a mite by the time I was down. My ankle was a little strained as well. At noon the shop called, the Land Yacht was once again sea-worthy. So I walked back down because I am of stubborn Scandinavian stock. The ankle actually did better and some of the pain from the wart surgery had lessened. Plus I got to burn some calories in the 90% humidity (a rarity in these parts).
I felt sweaty but there was a part of me that felt recharged. This was unthinkable for me last year. I didn’t have the endurance or the balance. I still am a little shaky when it comes to running but at least there’s a little more stamina in this old body. Now I just have to keep at it. The same with my guitar playing. The same with my writing. The same with my life.
Have a good weekend.