• Sridhar Rajendran

Day 15 — Discharged from home

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

I took control of my own health

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My health improved a tiny bit each day on account of taking care of my body and mind. I was happy with the little joys — sit for an hour at a stretch, touch my toes and lift a backpack. My wrists and neck healed slowly and continued to trouble me once a while but it was bearable. Since my back was healing and I had some mental bandwidth, my teeth decided to register its presence. Long story short, a bunch of fillings and root canal done twice on two teeth because the first time wasn’t fun enough. And my first dentist was stupid.

In the last week of December 2017, I decided to welcome the new year by leaving behind the old agonies and pains. Barring a few chinks, I was almost ready to be discharged from home; both physically and mentally. I started to spend a few minutes each day wading back into UX. Brushing up my fundamentals and remembering where the hell I had saved all my previous works. Luckily my OCD in organising files on my Mac paid off.

In the second week of January 2018, I came back to Bangalore and lived on my own for a week or so. The first few days were quite difficult. I was surrounded by people, fed on time and all my needs were taken care of for 4 months. And now I had to throw the garbage out and clean the stinky garbage bins. Not fun!

I started getting back into my old routine slowly, adding one new activity at a time. When I got too excited and exerted myself a bit more, my back was prompt in reminding me. The last thing I needed was another relapse. I no longer ignored any ‘oil check’ alarms. I dropped everything, lied down for a couple of minutes and was fine. I must really thank all the wonderful physiotherapists and chiropractors on Youtube. My favourite is Dr. Gary Crowley. On several occasions when I was close to a relapse, his instructions helped me to quickly adjust my posture and relieve the pain.

In fact, I had better progress with the videos than some of the doctors I met in real life! One thing I understood — everyone’s body is different. What works for one person might not work for another, even if they are your twin and have the exact same issue. No matter how talented a doctor is, nobody knows your body as much as you will. You spend 24 hours with it, as opposed to a few minutes by a doctor. I was able to avoid pain most of the times by merely paying attention to my posture and the way the body responded to exercises.

A big change I did in my lifestyle was modifying or changing an exercise when the results started to plateau. Earlier I stuck to the same routine — partly I was a lazy and partly scared to try anything new. Even now I don’t recommend being reckless, but there is a fine line in doing small controlled experiments. Isn’t that what life is all about?