Oreo, our cat, must not have been ready to return home because when I attempted to transport her from the RV to the truck yesterday, she wriggled so much in my arms that I strained my left shoulder again. I managed to contain her despite the pain in my shoulder, which had obviously been moved in a direction it's not ready yet to go. Severe pain continued through the night so I decided to visit the doctor this morning. Sure enough, another small tear. This is a lesson that's requiring more concentration than I had imagined it would. The biggest difference is that this time the doctor recommended massage instead of more therapy and suggested a local masseur with years of experience with adhesive capsulitis, which is the fancy name for a condition commonly called "frozen shoulder." Connective tissue is supposed to be adhesive, but just not with so much enthusiasm for the job. As AMAG says, "everything is an asset until it becomes a liability."
It's good to be home again after having been away about three weeks. Having been on their own during my absence, my husband and our cat have decided that we should pack up and go camping. Our home is surrounded by oak and juniper trees, but they are of a variety that do not grow very tall. I find after exposure to forests of fir trees (in Oregon and Washington) that I really miss the majestic vertical lines and am happy to go where they are here in New Mexico. After five myokinesiology treatments, I feel like a new woman! Almost no pain and much more strength in my shoulder and arm. I'm looking forward to camping and hiking around the small town of Glenwood, a short drive north for a day or two, then we'll go back toward Silver City to the Burro Mountain Homestead. The homestead is a parklike RV campground nestled among tall pines. Just the ticket! Our cat loves to chase lizards and small ground squirrels and we enjoy exploring backcountry trails. It's easy to forget to relax in the midst of so much activity that encompasses all of our lives. AMAG continually reminds us to "...rest, relax, and breathe. Allow yourself to move through life with ease." I guess I had forgotten that recently.