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Still

Women’s Class on Saturday, and class on Monday. Shoulder did much better: can’t do pushups, even against the wall still, but fewer grips that I had to let go, less time aching afterwards. And back up to 3 straight rounds rolling. (I am slightly amused when people seem to have this “Oh, you’ve been out, I can totally beat you now” attitude, which quickly becomes “why can’t I beat you now?!” You know why you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Cuz that dog’s done seen all those tricks.)

Women’s Class was Janet’s triangle, which is always super tight. Monday was Robert’s baseball chokes, which come from everywhere and are tight. And one super sneaky seems-like-a-bad-idea counter-to-a-counter version from side control, where you seem to give them your back — but you’re choking them before they can do anything (and any movement just chokes ‘em more).

But then the rest of this week and the start of next have all the funky scheduling conflicts again — home football game tomorrow night, out of town to visit my goddaughters, dinner with friends. Some consistency would probably be good for me at this point.

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All the things and stuff

Meh, so many nights not getting to class. It’s either tweaking the shoulder doing something stupid, feeling sick, working late, or going to see houses. (My brother is buying his own house and moving out, so my house is too big.) And sometimes it’s the lack of social interaction points remaining: I’m an introvert, but so long as I have social interaction points to spend, I can do things just fine. I used to have plenty to get through a week, only needing to hole up on weekends. But my new job has a ton more people and a ton more interaction required, and I burn through points quickly. Sometimes I’m done with people on Monday or Tuesday… So reasons and things and stuff.

Shoulder is still not 100%. Sometimes I ask it to do things and it says “Nope!” I still manage to tweak it regularly. Not as bad each time, but enough that I don’t want to do much for a while. Argh. And trying to come back from yet another injury is frustrating.

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Saturday, Sept 27

I’m still getting to class a few times a week. If I were a normal person doing normal things, I’d probably be completely back. But I’m not, so still not quite. Shoulder will do fine for a few rounds or specific sparring, and then will be done. (Or sometimes I try to do too much, and it gets a little tweaky. sigh.) And a lot of times, whatever we drill in some way messes with it, so I haven’t even gotten to do much of that. We worked on holding side control in the Women’s Class today: just putting my arm under their head and trying to hold like that, yeesh. Ow. (And then there was escaping side control, which needs your arms, so I used my arms, and… yeah.) But during the day, when it’s not getting worked, it’s completely fine and I use it normally. It will get there, it will.

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Light Activity

It’s real! Neck and shoulder still do lots of popping and clicking, though the doctor said that was alright as long as it doesn’t hurt. (It doesn’t.) Range is a lot better, too — only thing left that hurts is crossing the midline, which the doctor said is expected. Shoulder still feels “off” somehow, but not nearly as bad as it was even a week ago. Leaps and bounds, and bounds and leaps better.

Saturday

Women’s Class. Partial warmup. I got to teach armbar from guard (with my own details) and then the Shaving Day choke (from the Hillary Williams’ seminar) off a bump sweep. So evil!

And I got to roll again for the first time since the injury! Only once, but it’s more than I’d been able to do. I tried tucking my arm inside my belt, which is what I’ve always done for arm injuries, but noticed that it didn’t work so well with the shoulder because at times I needed to move the shoulder around and couldn’t. Afterwards Tim mentioned that he had talked to a physical therapist when he hurt his shoulder last, and the guy had recommended rolling with it untucked and just not use it.

Monday

Hey, more training! Partial warmup. And some drilling! Though I was constrained to only drilling on the one good side (and still going slow at times because of the shoulder as some motions which seem wholly unconnected to the shoulder would still manage to tweak it), and, when my partner was drilling, had to modify my position and anticipate their movements to keep that shoulder out of the way. But it worked, mostly. Aaand I rolled again, though only once.

Second class, though, I watched the drilling, as it was a choke and therefore involved a lot of arms, and I couldn’t work out a way to do it without involving the shoulder. (Also didn’t think I could handle having it done to me.) Then left when the next round of rolling started, so I wouldn’t be tempted.

Tuesday

Who is this lady who’s training so much?! Rolling to warmup. I snagged Janet first because I knew that we would be on the same page regarding a warmup roll (her elbow is tweaked, too), and we definitely were. (Though I had some aggro moments because I’m so out of practice. But the shoulder would usually remind me shortly.) Then with the black belt from Florida, who has had multiple injuries himself, and then with Danielle.

Didn’t drill, though, as it was another choke and I again couldn’t figure a way to make it work. Left again when they started rolling again.

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Returning! (again)

Saw the doc yesterday morning. He said it’s healing nicely, so I’m cleared to return to “light activity.” (Though he gave me The Look, which said that he knows my idea of “light” is not what he means. *innocent face*) Also, no physical therapy required, but he did tell me to start doing light weights and working on range of motion.

Class last night. Rolling to warm up. I sat, just to be safe. Although, Jen was hurt, too, so we contemplated doing a roll together just to move, but then decided that we probably should both be smart and sit, even though that made us miserable.

Drilling was defense against stack pass. Also worked actually doing the pass. Jen couldn’t be stacked and I couldn’t have the defense done to me, so the two of us worked with one of the newer ladies so she could stack on me and defend against Jen.

Then rolling to finish up, and Jen and I both headed for the exit for the same reason — not wanting to get caught up in “Well, maybe just one” and then injuring things further.

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