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A Step In The Right Direction March 26, 2023

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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I tend to steer clear of controversial topics here on SLTW.  Most of the time, anyway.

In point of fact, even a charitable observer might point out that I have steered clear of any and all topics here on SLTW.  Since January, anyway.

Point taken.

Anyway, I hope that what I say here will not anger my readers unduly, but I feel it must be said:

Getting Old . . . isn’t always a step in the right direction.

Yesterday, I was prepping salad fixings in the kitchen when I noticed that the back of my left heel was complaining vociferously each time I shifted positions.

The pain had materialized out of the blue with no warning shot fired.

It was as if my body had commanded:

Let there be pain.

And there was pain, and it was NOT good.

I scanned my activities of the previous day to see if I had over-used or abused my Achilles Tendon in any way, shape, or form and saw nothing that would explain the pain.

At first.

I had engaged in normal ADL’s all day ~ rising ablutions, a light break fast, brain games, paying bills, checking e-mails, fresh fruit for lunch, biking to the clubhouse to play Bridge, shelving books in the communal library . . .

Something niggled at the edges of my admittedly aged memory.

Had I over-stretched my reach when reshelving books on the top shelves?


Could I have stretched my Achilles Tendon to the breaking point?


Ach!  What to do with an aching Achilles Tendon?

To stretch, or not to stretch, that was my next question.

Instead of racing to the Bat Cave for answers, I hobbled from the kitchen to my office to confer with that sage giver of advice . . .


Google advised me that IF it was torn or ruptured, I was going to be side-lined for some time.

I decided to take it easy for the rest of the weekend to see if there was any improvement before contacting an approved medical provider for assistance.

In short, I listened to my body.

And . . . when I arose this morning, it felt somewhat better.  I’ll continue not to overstretch my reach for a few more days, but it appears that I may already be on the road to recovery.

Aah . . . a step in the right direction!

Have any of you noticed as you traveled again and again around the sun that unexplained injuries arise with increasing frequency?

Or that even normal ADL’s conspire to produce lumps, bumps, bruises, contusions, sprains, pains?

Or that conversations with fellow agers tend to gravitate to current health ailments more often than when in our 20’s and 30’s?

If you are still in your 20’s and 30’s, feel free to share something hip and happening with us Golden Oldies.  We like to live vicariously!