Saturday, April 30, 2011
Yoga and Rock Climbing
Last night I took Erin to a Girl Scout "spa" event for about 100 girls. I was feeling pretty good at first, but being in a large auditorium with all the noise and motion made me start to feel quite off kilter. Having just had vertigo earlier in the week, I wasn't sure where this was going so I quickly took 2 Valium (2 mg each) and things settled down nicely within 30 minutes.
Part of the program involved learning some yoga moves. At first, the moms were just to sit in the back of the room while an older troop led the younger girls. But at the end they asked all the moms to come up on the stage for the final round of poses and stretches. I felt a little panicked as several of the poses involved balancing on one foot. Try as I might, I just couldn't hold the tree pose; kept falling to my bad side. Well, not surprising. Though, I must admit, it made me want to get back into yoga as I did feel pretty good afterward.
Then today Connor attended a birthday party at an indoor rock climbing place. After watching the kids for a bit, I thought, "I can do this!" So up I went, about 3/4 up the wall until my arms turned into spaghetti. I was a little disappointed I didn't get all the way to the top, but it felt great to try something new and completely outside of my comfort zone.
These past two days have made me feel so very thankful for modern medicine. Had I decided to wait out the course of this disease and not taken what some might consider drastic measures, I am certain I would not have been able to attend these events much less participate the way I did. I am so utterly grateful and do not take one day of freedom from vertigo for granted.