A Month of Challenges
September began well with a cruise to Avalon and Isthmus Harbors, Catalina Island. After Labor Day, I returned to a lot of desk work with deadlines I couldn't ignore. Although I was using my new chair with better ergonomic design, it didn't take me long for my disc problems to resurface. By September 9th, the only way I could attend Carolisa Pomerantz's birthday gathering was with the aid of a cane. It was quite the sight. Her 98 year old mother had to rely on a walker while I was hobbling along myself.
Soon I was treated by an osteopath, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, and a physical therapist. My chiropractor, Dr. Betty Ehrlich, who appeared in the anti aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," shook me with a revelation. In the three years since I had seen her last, my weight had increased by 6.80 lbs, bringing my body mass index up to 28.4. But more significantly the weight of the fat I was carrying had increased by 17.2 lbs. I blame that change on the decrease of hard, physical exercise I've been doing since my back injury.
I found myself at a crossroads, so I began engaging in daily physical therapy to relieve pain and restore my strength. I gradually resumed walking without a cane and weaned myself off a daily pain pill. I resumed bike riding. Despite the pain, I got in a few swims. By the end of the month, I bought a smart scale that tracks my weight and body fat digitally. Very importantly I drew sustenance from the support of Carolisa Pomerantz whose optimism and physical dedication in the face of her own issues are inspirational. I'm not ready to quit yet.
Photo of Paul Suchecki by Carolisa Pomerantz.
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