Coping With Pain During Covid19 Lockdown Day 55

Louise Trewern
17 May 2020

Firstly I am sorry I didn’t do a blog post last week I have been quite busy with admin jobs, I have tried to pace myself and move between walking for my daily exercise, working in the garden and doing my admin. It’s been such lovely weather which I think must be helping us all get through these strange times; I know I wouldn’t have coped so well if we had constant rain since lockdown began.

My knee is improving thankfully, I had a video call with a physiotherapist who gave me some great advice and it’s helped me a lot! I have continued with the physio exercises I was given pre-Covid19 and of course, if we put in the work we reap the benefits, I think sometimes we expect instant results and when we don’t get them, we say ‘Physiotherapy doesn’t work’, I have also made this mistake in the past, now however I know that we have to work for the results. If something doesn’t work then the physiotherapist can make changes to the regime to address this but only if we inform them. Physiotherapy may not be available to us for some time yet and when it is I’m sure it will not be quite the same as it was before Covid19.

I know it’s difficult to find the motivation sometimes to get up and do something when we are in pain but I think we have probably all noticed that when we are busy doing something we enjoy, we don’t notice our pain as much, that is why I try to keep as busy as possible. Whatever gives you joy, knitting, sewing, drawing, colouring or model making, all of these things will help distract your brain from focusing on the pain. One of those things for me has been my #BakingTherapy since lockdown began, and since the last blog post I’ve enjoyed baking ‘Salted Chocolate Caramel Shortbread’ following the National Trust recipe, ‘Peanut Butter Cookies’, ‘Salt & Vinegar Chickpeas’ and Chocolate Mousse made from Aquafaba (chickpea water) ….. I had never heard of it until a Vegan friend told me about it.  My next attempt will be meringues made from Aquafaba.

I have to admit I am really struggling to get back on track with my weight loss regime. I am home a lot so I am baking and I enjoy baking naughty sticky sweet things. I am trying to be kind to myself and therefore I made a deal with myself that if I try to keep as active as possible and eat as healthily as possible then I could reward myself with a slice of something naughty. I think that’s fair under the circumstances. On a serious note, however, so much of what we eat can affect pain and inflammation and so I am trying to make sure I have a varied diet.

The ‘coronacoaster’ is still going up and down and sometimes sadness sneaks up on me, I am extremely lucky in that all of my loved ones are so far untouched by Covid19 but I still miss seeing them and hugging them, we are all so very lucky to have the Internet and the ability to see our friends and family ‘virtually’ but it’s not the same is it, so some days I get very sad briefly. Then I feel guilty for feeling sad because I know so many many people have lost friends and loved ones to this awful virus. These are normal feelings though so we need to acknowledge them but then let them go. The more anxious we get about the situation the worse our pain will be.

Karen and I bought ourselves a table tennis set this week, what a hoot that is and another way to stay active and have a really good belly laugh!! No….no photos of that!! 😂

Now is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or activity, we would never have thought about buying a dartboard or a table tennis set previously but now we are all looking for ways to stay active and entertained at home!

Go on try something new! 😊