Doing better

My last post was in the wee hours of Saturday – 1am – before going to bed for the night.

Saturday afternoon we decided to go hiking because the weather was absolutely gorgeous – sunny and in the 70’s fahrenheit. My husband chose Purisima Creek in the hills above Redwood City. These hills overlook the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the valley of the San Francisco Bay Area on the other side.

As it happened, Saturday was also the clearest day I’ve seen in a long time, so the view was extra special spectacular.

I did have pain on and off during the hike, but it never got as bad as the pain less than 24 hours earlier. I thought about taking ibuprofen or half a Tylenol 3 to knock out the pain before it could get worse, but I didn’t want to slow myself down further by getting tired from the meds, so I was stubborn and didn’t take the meds. I’m glad I didn’t.

The only two times I wanted to cry on the hike were not due to pelvic pain but to knee pain! We were on our way back, after we’d been hiking for an hour, and we were walking up hill. The pain and fatigue in my knees (which are arthritic) was almost too much to bear at times. I rested a lot. But we made it safely back to our car before sunset (when the mountain lions come out!).

We made it back into town in time to join our friend for his sushi birthday dinner, and drinks at the local tiki bar afterwards. I even went home after dinner and changed my clothes for the tiki outing. ;)

Quite a long day for someone who was seriously ill just four days before that, with residual pain for days!

I am a warrior woman. I rock the house and bring it down, y0. ;)

Photos of our hike are here:


I even made a video for my endo sistas:

Photos of our friend’s birthday evening are here:


3 Responses to “Doing better”

  1. Jeanne


    I’m glad you liked that video with Aimee Mullins. Amazing talk, wasn’t it?

    That’s awesome that you went on a gorgeous hike! It’s beautiful there! :) I’m glad you’re feeling better than you were. I’m sorry about your knee pain. I’ve had physical therapy for both knees and I know how much knees can hurt!

    Yesterday, we went for a flight in a friend’s 4-seater plane and it was great! I’ve been in a severe fibromyalgia flare-up with the weather changing seasons. So, the fact that we accomplished this journey was amazing considering how difficult it’s been to do little things like walk around the house lately!

    We endo sisters are a tough bunch! ;)


  2. Erika @ Patients Without Borders

    Hi Steph-
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    I look forward to reading some more about your experiences !
    Thanks, Erika

  3. steph

    Erika – thanks for the compliment and the link! I have also linked your blog on the right side of my main website.