But despite all the pain and the crying and frustration, I did manage to keep things moving here at home - I NEED to continue to try to get life back in some sort of order. It makes me feel better over all. So I exercised on my new elliptical - twice yesterday for 5 and 6 minutes. Today I did a whopping 10 minutes at once. My heart rate was 132 at the 3 minute mark - so much better than 160 - so I did the extra time. It felt good despite the pain all over my skin. It also helps that I subscribed to Rhapsody and downloaded a bunch of my favorite "rocking it out" tunes. The music helps keep my mind somewhere else besides the pain. I continue with my 24/7 ice packs around my neck. They are my life saver! Couldn't have made it this far through TSW without them!
So here are just a few pics - not much different from other pics, but like I said - I am keeping this real and this is where I am right now at 4.5 months:
Face is red, raw, and painful
Left ear has been weeping for 3 days now
The top half of my thumb is all red and excoriated
Left arm red, swollen, painful, and tight feeling
Right arm feeling the same as the left - really tore it up bad
Red all over chest neck and face