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Got about five hours chilling on the couch, which is pretty good going.  Then I made the terrible mistake of lying down and pretty much immediately fell asleep.  It's not really a terrible mistake, one of the big side effects of chronic pain is fatigue, but it does make actually having a decent schedule a real struggle.  Now it's 9pm and I'm wide awake.  Hopefully I manage to find some more tired tonight, because I would like more sleeps.

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I seem to be spending tonight really pondering on the guilds, and where I feel like I'm going to go after this challenge is up.  Less than two weeks until the challenge is up, so seems about right for me to be flip flopping around on it.

 

Cause see, the thing is, lifting weights isn't something I'm likely to be able to do.  Pretty much ever.  They don't recommend it for most joint issues at all, and after a discussion with my doctor today who let slip that she's worried I may actually have a connective tissue disorder (it's been 14 years of pain but my joints show no signs of stress or damage, and I show a lot of precursors for EDS), that pretty much puts that out of the picture.  And that's fine, really.  I have to accept the limitations my body physically puts on me and work around them.  Running is out of the picture as well, I can walk at least but the type of impact on my joints running has...well, it's not a fun endeavour. 

 

So the three guilds I've really been whittling it down to are the assassins, the rangers, and the rebels.  I like the vibe pretty much everywhere, for sure.  To begin with I really thought I would be heading to the rangers, since I want to do as much as I possibly can.  But blend of warrior and scout is pretty much the epitome of things I can't actually do.  And bodyweight work is really what I'm going to be working on, but the parkour/aerialist/dancer things are out of my purview, so I'm not sure I fit in with the assassins either.  And the rebels do seem awesome for sure, I just really have this desire to commit to something more specialist than my overall health, which I've always found has given me too much wiggle room to chop and change between things and never see any actual progress.

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1 hour ago, Onorexis said:

I seem to be spending tonight really pondering on the guilds, and where I feel like I'm going to go after this challenge is up.  Less than two weeks until the challenge is up, so seems about right for me to be flip flopping around on it.

 

Cause see, the thing is, lifting weights isn't something I'm likely to be able to do.  Pretty much ever.  They don't recommend it for most joint issues at all, and after a discussion with my doctor today who let slip that she's worried I may actually have a connective tissue disorder (it's been 14 years of pain but my joints show no signs of stress or damage, and I show a lot of precursors for EDS), that pretty much puts that out of the picture.  And that's fine, really.  I have to accept the limitations my body physically puts on me and work around them.  Running is out of the picture as well, I can walk at least but the type of impact on my joints running has...well, it's not a fun endeavour. 

 

So the three guilds I've really been whittling it down to are the assassins, the rangers, and the rebels.  I like the vibe pretty much everywhere, for sure.  To begin with I really thought I would be heading to the rangers, since I want to do as much as I possibly can.  But blend of warrior and scout is pretty much the epitome of things I can't actually do.  And bodyweight work is really what I'm going to be working on, but the parkour/aerialist/dancer things are out of my purview, so I'm not sure I fit in with the assassins either.  And the rebels do seem awesome for sure, I just really have this desire to commit to something more specialist than my overall health, which I've always found has given me too much wiggle room to chop and change between things and never see any actual progress.


About the guilds: You can pick one now and change it later. Or you can pick a main guild and "visit" other guilds for single challenges. You don't have to be expert at the type of training they do, it can definitely be aspirational because the main purpose is to give and receive support. There's nothing wrong with a more generalist guild either, because you can add more specific goals into your challenges. Basically, anything you choose will be fine, and it looks like all three of the guilds you're considering are pretty active with plenty of members, so that's good. 

About the weightlifting and bodyweights: Hmm, I wonder why your doctor would say bodyweight is okay but not weightlifting. In my experience, weightlifting is easier on my joints because I can pick super light weights. Too heavy for pushups? I can do a bench press with tiny dumbbells. Too heavy for pull-ups? I can do lat pull-downs with a 50lb stack. Anyway, I hope you find some sort of resistance training that works for you because building up the muscle around the joints actually protects them. In my early 20s a physio told me I had mild hypermobility in my upper body, and indeed I found that I had to be pretty careful when starting upper body workouts with dumbbells because my joints would move in directions they ought not and I had trouble controlling the weights. But now I've built up some muscle those joints are more stable and I'm less worried about them. Anyway, it seems like it would be worth it for you to get a firm diagnosis and exercise prescriptions from someone who really understands the condition. 

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4 minutes ago, Harriet said:

About the weightlifting and bodyweights: Hmm, I wonder why your doctor would say bodyweight is okay but not weightlifting. In my experience, weightlifting is easier on my joints because I can pick super light weights. 

 

By bodyweight my doctor really means light yoga/pilates, and incorporate swimming for cardio.  I'm doing the diagnosis jumping through hoops currently, but my doc has suspicions on what's going on already, we're just waiting for the specialist to book an appointment so we can get moving with it.  If it's a joint issue such as arthritis, then weights aren't recommended because of grip issues.  Resistance bands are less likely to slip out of my fingers and crush something they shouldn't.

 

If it's a connective tissue disorder, such as EDS, then that's deteriorating tendons and ligaments, and I shouldn't be putting excess strain on them, period, since that leads to more dislocations and damage that can be avoided.  Building strength in the muscles is important, absolutely, but she's wary of me adding excess strain at all until we know what's going on.

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It is worth noting that I've progressed to a situation where it takes ten minutes to walk 300m to my doctors on a good day, and stepping up a curb wrong throws my back out.  So I've gotten myself in pretty rough shape all around.  I can see why she's fussing about overexertion.  

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12 minutes ago, Onorexis said:

 

By bodyweight my doctor really means light yoga/pilates, and incorporate swimming for cardio.  I'm doing the diagnosis jumping through hoops currently, but my doc has suspicions on what's going on already, we're just waiting for the specialist to book an appointment so we can get moving with it.  If it's a joint issue such as arthritis, then weights aren't recommended because of grip issues.  Resistance bands are less likely to slip out of my fingers and crush something they shouldn't.

 

If it's a connective tissue disorder, such as EDS, then that's deteriorating tendons and ligaments, and I shouldn't be putting excess strain on them, period, since that leads to more dislocations and damage that can be avoided.  Building strength in the muscles is important, absolutely, but she's wary of me adding excess strain at all until we know what's going on.


Oh good, it sounds like she's committed to helping you figure out what it is and what you can do. And the swimming sounds very sensible. 

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Harriet is completely right. You can join any guild that seems like it would be fun or supportive for you. I would say also feel free to interpret the guild attributes creatively. I imagine a scout might not just be moving over long physical distances, but also moving through the long journey of life. A warrior would typically strive to build physical strength, but might also build mental or emotional strength. And as Harriet says, strength training can take all different kinds of forms. The Rangers really do embrace doing "everything"....it says Scouts & Warriors on the descriptions, but you can feel free to mix whatever combination you like. ....and we haven't even touched on Druids and Monks. Have you tried visiting the Druids? I actually think that might be quite a good fit. 

 

p.s. Great job getting through your appointments!

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26 minutes ago, Xena said:

Harriet is completely right. You can join any guild that seems like it would be fun or supportive for you. I would say also feel free to interpret the guild attributes creatively. I imagine a scout might not just be moving over long physical distances, but also moving through the long journey of life. A warrior would typically strive to build physical strength, but might also build mental or emotional strength. And as Harriet says, strength training can take all different kinds of forms. The Rangers really do embrace doing "everything"....it says Scouts & Warriors on the descriptions, but you can feel free to mix whatever combination you like. ....and we haven't even touched on Druids and Monks. Have you tried visiting the Druids? I actually think that might be quite a good fit. 

 

p.s. Great job getting through your appointments!

 

Thanks!

 

I did take a look at the druids, but I'll take another look too.  I know I can wander in and out of guilds as much as I please, I just feel like having a home base sort of space is important for me to stay grounded.  Which could be complete and utter hokey and I'm just misinterpreting my brain!  

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Morning morning morning.

 

So this morning started off with almost an hour on hold with unemployment because they didn't process my medical certificate, which resulted in my payment getting suspended.  It's all fixed now, but it's irritating that I needed to spend an hour fixing their mistake.

 

So now the to-do list for today.

 

- Break down empty boxes for recycling.  

- Get bins out for collection tomorrow morning

- Depending on spoons remaining, move spare mattress to spare room

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On 10/8/2019 at 3:57 AM, Onorexis said:

So this morning started off with almost an hour on hold with unemployment because they didn't process my medical certificate, which resulted in my payment getting suspended.  It's all fixed now, but it's irritating that I needed to spend an hour fixing their mistake.

 

Ehhh, bureaucracy and telephone calls are like my least favourite adulting obligation. Hopefully they won't mess anything else up. 

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