By this afternoon, the headache had me firmly in its grip, so I hit the couch.
I had company.
I always have company.
Do I bless the day this boy came into my life???
You bet I do.
Let's hear it for dog rescues. You think you are rescuing the dog, but the truth is somewhat different.
He sure knows how to get comfortable. And that's a fact.
I will be calling to schedule my MRI first thing tomorrow morning. This is just plain ridiculous.
After a little rest, I pushed myself out the door. I figured a little fresh air wouldn't hurt me, and my head will ache either way, prone or upright.
So let's do it.
I am happy if I can inspire you all to get moving, if you need to.
I figure if I can walk 20 miles a week, at age 64, then there is a good chance that when I hit the BIG SEVEN-O, I will still be making some effort.
My inspiration is watching my mother, who has never, ever tried to keep moving. She gardened, but anything that smacked of aerobic activity was pretty much a no go for her. Unfortunately, there is arthritis on both sides of my family tree.
She walks like Groucho Marx, most of the time.
When I chide her to please straighten up, she gives me that look that you see sometimes on an old person's face, you know the one. Eyebrows raised, eyes glassy, the look that says, "Are you speaking English?"
But then she actually does straighten right up. She CAN do it. She just doesn't want to be bothered.
And because she is so sedentary, now she can barely walk any distance at all without a lot of pain.
I gave up long ago ranting about how arthritis pain gets BETTER with activity. She doesn't believe me.
The important thing is, for me, that I believe it. I know it's true. The more I move, the better it feels.
So I fully intend to keep on doing it.
The November light is different, but it was incredibly warm, and a lovely day to walk.
Roy is my walking partner, like Eddie was, and there will be others. There will always be a walking dog in my life.
I will rescue them.
And they will rescue me.
We will walk along the Hudson River, and watch the sunlight fade.
And it will be an incredible trade off.