At The Park

10-14-15

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post…today seemed like an odd day.  I felt better than yesterday, but it wasn’t up there with my best days.  As I’m writing this post past 9 PM (before bed), I can report that today my symptoms were at their mildest after dinner.

That’s atypical.  In general, if I’m gonna feel a little worse some time during the day, then I usually feel a little more “bulgy” toward the end of the day.

Here’s what I did physically today…

I took my almost-14 month old boy to the park.  I held his hand going up the stairs, and we went down the slides together (and repeated it several times).  I kept him from getting into the path of other kids on moving swings, and I kept him from touching little babies in their car seats and strollers.  I followed him down a leaf-covered slope as he chased after doggies, and I hauled him over my shoulder while climbing back uphill.  And more…naturally!

Unfortunately, playing at the park (as I described above) sets my pelvic organs up for failure.  I simply cannot maintain proper Whole Woman posture all the time while being a hands-on mom.  Hands-on means frequent bending to his level and frequent handling!

I don’t ever want to sit on the sidelines because of my prolapse symptoms.  I’m trying to find that peaceful, “happy place” where I’m able to take the best care of my boy while simultaneously taking the best care of myself.

After we left the park, I drove to the grocery store, we shopped with a cart, we returned home, had dinner, and prepared for the bedtime routine.  And somehow, I felt better as the evening progressed.  I was pleasantly surprised.

A day in the life with prolapse is like a box of chocolate:  You never know what you’re gonna get!

I am healed.

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Running After a Toddler

09-11-15

Well…I’m not “running,” running.  But I’m getting closer!

I’ve noticed that I have many different ways of measuring my progress.  Lately, I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible with my 1 year old for what I call “outdoor roaming.”  That means letting him walk around and explore our yard for about an hour (which inevitably leads to him crossing the street toward neighbors’ plants and animals).

Note that my baby recently turned one, but he’s been walking quite well since 10 months, and he’s now breaking out into little sprints.  Just 2 days ago, he literally took OFF down the sidewalk, which surprised me.  (At that moment, I realized that I might soon need to get a kid leash for some instances.)

Not that long ago, I really didn’t feel “the greatest” when I’d go outside with him.  Since he wants to put everything in his mouth still, the cruising outside requires me to stay hypervigilant and ready to react in an instant.  The outing requires me to constantly bend down, pull his hand away from his mouth, and say “yucky” over and over again.

If you deal with prolapse, bending down for things isn’t good.  Yesterday was a particularly good day, and I noticed then that the bending was a LOT more comfortable.  I also noticed the ease at which I’m moving faster, in order to keep up with my little explorer.  We do live on a sort of busy street!

The best technique for bending/reaching down is flexing my knees and hips and making sure I stick my butt WAY out as I reach down.  That stabilizes all those pelvic organs.

It gives me peace to know that– while I do modify my activities– I am very capable of keeping up with my active toddler!

I am healed.