Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 10.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 684 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 1166 feet

This is kind of an assessment hike to see how my SI joint is doing, since the stabbing pain came back two days ago. 😦  I guess the cortisone shot just wasn’t very effective, or perhaps my SI joint is really that bad?  I didn’t want to go far out, or even far from the car, so that I could make it back despite possible pain.

There’s no doubt that this is the beginning of what might be a longer term health issue, and to be truthful I’m scared.  My orthopedist didn’t seem overly concerned but then he doesn’t know the cortisone wore off in less than three weeks.  Also, my xray was clear for arthritis.  I made the mistake of looking online (which doctors advise against doing) and it seems there are many chronic SI joint sufferers that never appear to find a solution for this indescribable pain.  Many of these people have clear xrays and MRIs and the source of the pain is a complete mystery.  I tore my meniscus many years ago, and was able to hike despite the dagger like pains going up and down my leg (surgery resolved this issue), but this pain goes way beyond that.  I have to stay positive but am finding it a challenge right now.  A life without hiking would be unbearable and unacceptable, to me.  This isn’t the first issue, nor will it be the last, but it feels insurmountable right now.  Enough said.

It was very windy and cloudy during today’s hike, but the mood fit how I felt.  I can feel the pain getting more severe but found stretching helped for another one plus miles.  Toward the end of the hike the pain got sharper but thankfully the joint help up enough to get back to the car.

I’m glad I went out for a short hike and will need to modify future hikes until physical therapy helps me heal.  I’m also thinking of going to a D.O at Rebound as they can manipulate the joint and perhaps accelerate the healing.  What’s interesting is that it feels like if my SI joint popped then it would feel okay again.  I’ve tried to pop it but it just won’t.  I recall getting a sharp pain in the SI joint temporarily, in the past (5-7 years ago), and it popped while walking, and then never re-occured until recently.  Go figure the human body?

Salmon Creek Greenway Hike

Hike Distance: 5.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 5.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 482 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 482 feet

First hike of the new year and already we’re off to a sad start.   We should have been leaving for vacation tomorrow morning but my wife’s father is in very poor health and she needs to visit him; possibly for the last time. 😦  Life is so fragile and short, and we must concentrate on the little daily things that bring us joy.

It was very cold and the mood was surreal, with heavy fog at the beginning of the hike.  I made this hike short due to my SI back issue getting worse.  In fact, after the hike my back was in such pain that it felt as if the cortisone shot had completely worn off.  Thankfully, I see the physical therapist, for the first time, next Monday.  It will probably take some time to get my back stabilized and the hiking back to normal (whatever normal is).

So as I was saying, I spent much time taking pictures, since the mood was fantastic.  I even saw some river otters playing in one of the ponds, but my smartphone hasn’t the ability to zoom close enough for a good picture.  It was very crowded but there were still some areas less frequented by people.  It was also amazing to see that all the dogs were on a leash, and was a pleasant surprise!

Happy New Year to everyone and wishing you all a great year!