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Hip, hip, hooray.

Hip, hip, hooray.

Sometimes during yoga practice I feel like my teacher has designed the whole class just for me. Today was all hips. “Hip, hip, hooray,” she said, explaining that the start of the school year gave us all a chance to think about what self-doubt we’re carrying and let it flow out of our bodies. That … Continue reading

Best Monday in … maybe ever!

Best Monday in … maybe ever!

Today was the best Monday I’ve had in I don’t know how long. Nothing exceptionally wonderful or even remarkable happened by “normal” standards. But for me, it was amazing. We got up early to take Einstein the Prius (our family car) to the doctor (Toyota dealership). En route my husband dropped me off at the … Continue reading

Guest Post: My glass ballerina: one year later

Guest Post: My glass ballerina: one year later

Editor’s note: In recognition of one year since surgery to correct my diastasis symphysis pubis, I asked a dear friend and my husband to write reflections for this space. This post was written by that friend, who has guest blogged for me before. Read her previous posts: August 2012 and September 2012. My glass ballerina: one … Continue reading

From walker user to move-in pro in one year

From walker user to move-in pro in one year

Until about 10 p.m. today I felt like She-Ra (Thanks to Internationalhero.co.uk for the image). Do you remember her? The Princess of Power who was He-Man’s female counterpart? Anyway, when I was a kid, she was a badass who could do anything with a terrifically catchy theme song. And today, for 13 hours, I felt … Continue reading

Timing is EVERYTHING

This week my family has proved the adage that timing is everything. The day after my final physical therapy appointment the tables turned. Fewer than 24 hours after my final appointment I became the “healthy” one and my husband became the one with a mobility challenge. I sustained a separated pelvis during childbirth in January … Continue reading

Still breathing

I had another Guess what! moment today. I held a plank for a minute on each side. I hadn’t made it that far at home, but Amy said “I bet you can do a minute” and she was right. She talked to me the whole time so I couldn’t hold my breath. That’s a great … Continue reading

Seven minutes, 45 seconds

Today’s physical therapy was awesome. I started stretching by myself while Amy took care of something and when she came back to the room she said “Look at you, showing off.” She has this way of making me realize how far I’ve come. It’s good for me. Not like how someone you don’t really know … Continue reading

A deck of cards

A deck of cards

Sometimes my husband is a genius. I’m stressed, which makes him stressed, which makes us not have any fun together and get more stressed. Tonight, he had an idea that brought us both back to the present. We played Rummy. Just to 500 and just for fun. But it was something completely different from the … Continue reading

The levy is broken

When I was barely 16, our town flooded. The Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, North Dakota was the second time in my life that something that happened to me caused me to go into survival mode. It seems the experience of separating my pelvis during childbirth (officially, the condition is known as diastasis symphysis pubis) and … Continue reading

On the move

On the move

I did a lot of walking around campus today. I had an appointment, then lunch, then three more appointments, all over campus back-to-back. When I set off on this string of appointments at 9:45 a.m., I was a bit nervous about how things would go, if I would have the stamina to make it from … Continue reading