Regular readers of my blog may remember a post about my Reebok rebounder (trampoline) which I used daily in Kenya. When I left the valley, I sold it to Johan. During one of my first trips to Mwanza, I visited the local sports shop to replace my rebounder.The proprietor was insistent that the one on display (the only brand he stocked) was every bit as good as Reebok. I was desperate to start exercising again and bought it. Ironically, I wasn't able to start my regime as I'd become so involved in helping the company guest house staff to run the establishment.
In mid-April, I decided to make the time to get back into the
I stopped using the rebounder but it was almost too late. I woke up the next morning and for the first time in my life, experienced excruciating back pain. As the week progressed, I struggled through the day, limping around the house with a bent back! My friend Amanda came over for tea one morning and as she knew about my ailment, she'd brought a strip of over-the-counter muscle relaxants. She also showed me a couple of Pilates exercises which she suggested I do twice a day. Her theory (which I believe was correct) was that I'd pinched a nerve and with these "moves" I'd gently stretch the spine to release this. She also said I should rest my back often during the day else I'd not be going overseas at the end of this month! As she took her leave, she looked down at the rebounder and said: "Jo, how come you didn't see this was a kiddie's trampoline? The smiley faces are a dead give-away!" Eek, how was that for adding insult to injury, LOL!
Over the next ten days I did my gentle stretching exercises twice a day, watched umpteen reality shows on telly with a hot-water-bottle at my back and took the pills when the pain was unbearable.
I'm happy to say that today (two weeks after I first experienced the back-ache) I finally feel as though I've turned the corner, praise God. My back still gets tired and then the muscles become tense. When this happens, I down tools, sit on the settee with my hottie at my back and flick on the telly!
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, while I was in Dar last week (yes, I made the flight feeling quite strained!) I bought a good rebounder in Game. Trojan is a well-known brand name in South Africa and I'll be able to use this rebounder once I am fully recovered.
And the kiddie's trampoline? Well, I gave it to my house lady for her children to use under adult supervision.
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