Time Off

I took some time off from doing a lot of things recently. I took some time off from painting. I took some time off from working. I took some time off from blogging. I took some time off from biking.

I haven’t posted since May for a lot of reasons; most of them bad ones. Moving is hard & I made a lot of excuses about how I was spending my time and what was important to me. The lead up to our move was pretty packed, I went to NH for my sister’s college graduation and then turned right around and left for Seattle 36 hours later. I didn’t write about it because as soon as I got back I was hit with some bad news, I needed major surgery and I needed it ASAP.

I last rode my bike on June 12, the day before my surgery. I miss riding so much but I’ve been warned not to climb back into the saddle too soon after and derail my recovery. I’m hoping to try out riding this weekend if possible.

I’ve been dealing with pain for a long time and it came to a head in March when I was in so much pain I couldn’t wear pants & I had to take time off work because of it. After 10 years of being told the pain was all in my head I found a specialist who was able to diagnose me in less than 2 minutes. I can’t believe that’s all it took. I have a condition called provoked vestibular vulvodynia, which is thought to be relatively common but severely under diagnosed.

I started on a course of non-invasive treatment but at my follow up appointment there was no denying that the pain wasn’t letting up. My doctor recommended surgery as my case is moderate-severe & patients with this level of nerve damage don’t typically recover without intervention. Needless to say I was upset at the news and worried that it wouldn’t alleviate my pain.

I’m 8 weeks out now and I can sit with my legs crossed and not be in pain for the first time in years! I can wear pants comfortably! The sutures came out 2 weeks ago & it looks like I’m healing well so far, but total recovery time is expected to be about 4 months.

We’ll see how this weekend goes and if there is no pain from riding I hope to work on increasing my range & getting to explore most of my neighborhood!

As for the painting goes, I plan to dedicate an hour a day next week to painting scenes from our trip & hopefully will be able to work on some plein air pieces once I can bike again.

Work, well, I do not miss work.

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