Life update: Good health is not something to take for Granted

Well, I saw my doctor on Friday morning. It’s a case of good news/bad news. Good news is there is no apparent physical damage to the tendons and ligaments in the shoulder according to the ultrasound. The bad news is that it means that the pain I am still having in the shoulder and neck is coming from the muscles, and that it will likely be a long road to heal and be pain free.

With that being said, now that I know that using the joint isn’t going to cause more damage, I can start working it and stretching things out again. So, all in all, not great news but I’ll take it.

Also Friday, I went in to the archives of one of my local papers. I’m doing research on the RCMP in the area for a possible column. There is some fascinating history in our area, and reading through the old papers was like walking back in time. In the three or so hours my friend and I spent in the archives, we managed to get through the years of 1911 to 1915. I definitely will be making another trip, or several,  to look through some more of the records.

Otherwise, things have been going pretty good. I’ve opted to take a couple weeks off of my Edmonton support group as I need to let my muscles in my neck and shoulder heal. The group definitely does benefit me, however, at the moment I am weighing the benefit versus driving 2.5 hrs each way, with my shoulder being in pain after about the first 20 minutes.

We hosted bible study at our home on Friday evening. It was a nice gathering of friends, whom my wife and I are very blessed to have in our lives.

Today was our church’s annual general meeting.  No big changes happening in house, although there were a couple of surprises. The first surprise was that some friends of ours are stepping away from some of their duties at the church for personal reasons. I’m definitely sad to see them step back, however I completely understand. The second surprise was I have been officially appointed as the Church A/V tech, which basically means I will be the one keeping that part of the house up and running.  I’ve learned a lot about it so far, and have greatly enjoyed doing it, so I look forward to learning more about the systems and taking on the challenges that lay ahead.

This afternoon was pretty quiet, with my wife at the store, and me gaming, and doing a light workout. I did 20minutes on the treadmill and some stretching afterward to get the blood moving and try to get things limbered up again. According to my workout journal I hadn’t done a workout since the beginning of November, when I was battling some significant depression. It felt good to get moving again, although the first few minutes were uncomfortable, and I had thoughts of “Why am I doing this to myself?” running through my mind. By the time the 20 minutes was up, I was feeling pretty good. Now to just keep it up.

All of these things put together may seem pretty mundane and typical for most people. For me, though, they are an indicator that I am improving more and more all the time. These things put together give me a solid snapshot of my overall mental health, and I have to say that it is significantly improved in the last couple of months. Now if I could just get my body and brain to work on the same page, and deal with these injuries, I’ll be laughing.

Thanks for reading.



One thought on “Life update: Good health is not something to take for Granted

  1. Kevin,
    You don’t really know me but I am friends with your wife when she lived and worked in Banff. We have met, though very brief. I have learnt so much from reading your blog. I am in a relationship where my partner also suffers with mental illness much like yours. I am so glad you share and are on the road to being in a good spot. We have started to achieve the same thing. You have shared thoughts and emotions that have helped me in understanding what he is going through. You have not idea how grateful I am to you for writing this blog. Thank You for sharing and spending the time to help educate me.


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