truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
This standing split @jadisfeigns taught in lyra today looks so nice! It’s a pity my inversion to get up into it is so fugly. Maybe someday 🤷🏽‍♀️ #lyra #aerialhoop #aerialacrobatics #circusarts #progressionnotperfection
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
tfw you forget that underwire is a bad idea if you’re going to be in your wheelchair for the day 😬
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Hip shelf roll to hip shelf... it’s still not pretty, but at least I’m not mortified of this footage! (which is an upgrade from the last time I shot it) #trapeze #dancetrapeze #aerial #aerialacrobatics #circusarts
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
#trapeze “kisses”. The bruise actually bothers me less than the abrasion that refuses to scab over already, and instead is just slowly oozing interstitial fluid. 😒 #aerialistproblems
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
I have a spinning inversion, finally! #trapezetuesday #trapeze
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
tfw you’ve put on so much muscle from training the phlebotomist goes for a hand not your elbows AND your blood pressure is low enough they end up having to tap a second vein to get all the blood they need without it taking half an hour #aerialistproblems
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
My A9 armature finally came and is *every bit* as posable as they say! :D Now I just need to build my scale apparatuses. #aerial #circusarts
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Look, [instagram.com profile] balticballroombabe, it’s a candlestick on silks! (Okay, you can’t really see it that well here because my angle ended up sucking, but it really is, I swear.) #silks #aerialsilks #aerialtissu #aerial #aerialacrobatics #circusarts
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Trapeze Tuesday worked on some ways into hip shelf. My brain was one hell of a lot more cooperative this week than it was last! #trapeze #dancetrapeze #aerial #aerialacrobatics #circusarts
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
10 months of knee hang conditioning later... I actually felt reasonably comfortable dropping into a single knee hang on my left side (it’s my good side) in a flow thing in class. Which is a first! #progressionnotperfection #lyra #aerialhoop #trapeze #dancetrapeze #aerialacrobatics #aerial #circusarts
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Hey, [instagram.com profile] aerial.otter, it’s an armpit thing I actually like! #lyra #aerialhoop #aerial #aerialacrobatics #circusarts
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I don’t think you can really tell from the photo, but it’s a little swollen as well. Yayyyyy toe hangs. #bruises #aerialistproblems #ow
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Hip key sequence, with varying amounts of failboat. [instagram.com profile] aerial.otter has an entrance into hourglass from here, but I’ve yet to actually manage it myself. I really like the candlestick in the ropes here, though! #trapeze #dancetrapeze #circusarts #circus #aerialacrobatics #aerial
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
I made it to lyra class, as I so rarely do, last night. You can barely see the split, but hey that was technically a no handed transition into hip shelf. #lyra #aerialhoop #hoopofhurt #circus #circusarts #aerial #aerialacrobatics
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
I prioritise aerial because it's, well, pretty excellent for my mental health as well as my physical health, but things I would like to do more often including: swimming, hiking, ice skating, climbing, archery, and yoga.

Some of it is expense, because it all adds up (although, hey, it's very exciting that my aerial studio's gone to offering a $225 monthly unlimited pass for 60 minute classes), and some of it is time/convenience. But honestly it's amazing how much time you can buy if you can pay other people to do stuff for you. If only I were, in fact, independently wealthy and did not need to work and could offload all the household work and just do All The Athletics My Body Will Tolerate...
truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Hey everyone! I’m teaching a musculoskeletal anatomy series over [instagram.com profile] verticalfix in March, Thursday evenings! You don’t need to remember any high school bio, I promise! You just need an interest in anatomy. Sign up online at http://bit.ly/2Gv12RB - if you can’t do the whole series (which I do recommend!) you definitely don’t want to miss the first class, as we’ll be covering all the anatomical terminology you need to know that week. . #anatomy #aerial #aerialsilks #aerialtissu #aerialhammock #aerialsling #trapeze #dancetrapeze #statictrapeze #flyingtrapeze #lyra #aerialhoop #aeriallyra #aerialrope #cordelisse #circus #circusarts #aerial #aerialarts #aerialacrobatics
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Right, so. With actual treatment and changes to my work schedule and workout efforts, my general pain levels have gotten a lot better! It's been great. Yay increased physical and mental functionality.

(It's amazing how goddamn much mental bandwidth pain eats. It's amazing how people, including A FUCKING TERRIFYING LOT of medical professionals, don't get that if you live with pain either you stop doing things altogether, or... pain stops being something that you factor into whether you can do something in and of itself. Like, sure, sometimes the pain is too much, but the fact of ANY pain is... not sufficient to stop you from doing stuff. Because the alternative is to lie in bed and do nothing and still be in pain. This is why I have hell's own time evaluating pain levels usefully. Like, "trouble" with a task? I would assume that means my body physically is unable to complete the task or that it takes a long time. Apparently, uh, most people would consider "it causes me ANY pain" to be trouble with a task. HOWEVER, the thing is, the pain still eats away at your mental bandwidth. It takes a lot of mental effort to screen it out so AS to function, and even more so to do so while still listening for input that says "okay but that's actually probably real damage happening right now" which, uh, is a good idea if you can. So dropping the pain levels, even if it's not to pain-free but just less pain, can buy you back a lot of brain.)

Anyway, with the decreased overall pain levels, I... actually began to register how much my hands, specifically, hurt? I mean, I did actually know my hands were much worse than everything else before that, but like when everything's on fire: it doesn't actually matter that the bedroom fire is a great deal hotter than the rest of the house fire, because the whole house is on fire. It's not until you douse the rest of the fire and the bedroom's still burning that the difference is more than academic.

So, I went to my PCP to ask for a referral to a hand therapist to investigate whether ring splints and/or physical therapy would be useful and got referred to... a hand surgeon, whose offices did x-rays and determined I have nothing wrong in the bones, he poked my hands briefly and declared me not hypermobile because my DIP joints on the fingers aren't especially capable of hyperextension, and told me to strengthen my hands and maybe yeah go buy a paraffin dip since they have historically helped (it's a good way of getting heat into the hands), and was otherwise useless because I did not need surgery.

...I was not impressed, okay. But hey, the x-rays showed no bone damage, so there's that at least. I mean, I would've been surprised if there had been, but it's nice confirmation.

So then I asked the SIL where she'd gone to get fitted for ring splints, called them and made an appointment, went BACK to my PCP to get him to refer me to that place, and went to that place. Except the actual person she went to is apparently no longer with their offices or something? I got routed to a different office entirely, which, okay fine.

The hand therapist there also declared me not hypermobile. In his assessment he checked damned near everything for active range of motion, but he did not check the passive range of motion on the MP joints which is the set of joints I was complaining about. Or, actually, the passive range of motion on hardly anything. His conclusion was tendinitis and/or muscle strain, from overuse. He gave me some gentle stuff to do for strengthening the intrapalmar muscles, did some trigger point work, some ultrasound, made me a temporary splint for the left thumb that hyperextends and gave me some buddy tape velcro for the fingers that have serious passive abduction issues, and my hands did in fact feel quite a bit better. So, okay, fine.

I haven't really done the PT, despite the fact that I agree it's probably a good idea, because I was feeling pretty fucking mixed feelings and I haven't had the energy to slog through my brain being stubborn and pissy and contrary. But I did make a follow-up appointment.

So anyway, I also hit up the silverringsplints.com contact page to get them to cough up people in the area who have a fitting kit and a therapist who can, you know, fit you. Because, apparently, I couldn't possibly just order a fucking fitting kit for myself, I have to have a ~facility number~. And I don't think my private practice as an LMT probably quite qualifies me as suitable therapist and facility. :|

A week and a half later, I did the follow-up appointment, which was heat and trigger point work on the shoulders and ultrasound, and it did also help knock the pain levels down, but also I got the message that both the hand therapist and his tech felt I am a malingering idiot who just needs to give up, you know, everything she does because it's clearly just all the result of overuse, as if even if that were true that would in any way be a practical fucking solution. (I'm an LMT, I do aerial, my primary hobbies are online social media, and knitting.) Also as if I am fucking imagining or over-emphasising the relevance to the nature of my pain of the fact that buddy taping and the oval-8 thermoplastic splints I laid hands on via the magic of Amazon having pretty much dropped my pain levels down from 5-6 to 3-4 which is... a bit high but in line with my background pain levels for the systemic joint pain I live with? This past week, despite frankly excessively overdoing it with work and other stuff, my hands... haven't hurt much! They're sore, but they don't hurt.

PS THIS IS FUCKING CLASSIC FOR HYPERMOBILE BULLSHIT, OKAY. Sorry, I just. What the fuck, I've had multiple rheumatologists agree very readily that I'm hypermobile based on the rest of my body, but we're going to fail to account for WHICH JOINTS I'M SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT BEING HYPERMOBILE if we're just talking about the hands? Because no! My wrists aren't! And my DIP and PIP fingers joints aren't! I have never claimed they are! But my MP joints and my IP thumb joints fucking well are!

ANYWAY.

On top of all that, the hand therapist doesn't have a fucking silver ring splints kit and doesn't seem to know shit about them, really, other than that they exist. I cancelled the follow-up I'd made because on contemplation I am really just... not inclined to keep going and fight with getting him equipped to order me silver ring splints while being vaguely patronised as being a very silly, probably exaggerating her pain little woman. I mean, it's not severe as this shit goes in the medical fields but I'm still not really into that, thanks.

Instead, I'm going to find someone on the fucking list the web-site gave me and call the make sure someone there is in fact familiar with fitting for silver ring splints.

I honestly I would not even bother since, while it's not pretty, the thermoplastic + velcro tape combo is working... but I would like silver because there's passable odds that I could wear at least some of the silver splints while doing massage and that would be incredibly helpful. (If I could at least splint the IP joint on my thumbs while doing massage, that alone would be amazing.)
truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
A small triumph in my ongoing battle with silks! I apparently finally can consistently get into cross-back straddle via Georgia twist and invert from there. #aerialsilks #aerialtissu #circusarts #aerialacrobatics #aerial
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Playing after class with an old sequence of [instagram.com profile] aerial.otter’s and adding on from there. There is stuff I really like in here, even if it’s not perfect! (at some point, *surely*, I will eventually remember that you have to stay high in lazy lion to do that roll BEFORE I’ve dropped down, right...) #trapeze #dancetrapeze #circusarts #aerial #aerialacrobatics
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truelove: An adult human female is upside down, hanging from a harness of aerial silks.  One leg is crossed over the silks over her head and the other is wrapped in a silk and being pulled down behind her back and head in a scorpion position. (Default)
Working on ankle hangs. They’re not too awful, but I have noooo idea how long it’s going to take to feel comfortable enough to go without the strap. 😅 #trapeze #dancetrapeze #aerial #aerialacrobatics #circusarts
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