What my hands say about me

December 17, 2015

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These are my hands.

For the most part they have done a great job for me over the years.

These hands of mine have completed 16 years of schooling. They have been blistered by summers of gripping rowing oars and seasons of battling with field hockey sticks.

These hands have caught and thrown a thousand ultimate frisbees, won many National championships and have even hoisted a world championship trophy.

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These hands of mine have held two babies, bathed them, swaddled them, comforted them, tied shoelaces, cooked meals, baked cookies, played basketball, thrown snowballs, ridden bikes, built forts, disassembled lego creations, and dressed them both for 9 years now.

My kids need these hands of mine.

When I look at my hands now I see how the years have taken their toll. A few fingers are permanently bent, there are scars and bitten fingernails. And my skin! So like an elephants most days!

But over the years these hands keep working for me. They grip like vices onto the handlebars of my mountain bike day after day and keep me happily in the sport I have so grown to love.

Until recently.

This past summer my hands began to fail me. After a few days in a row of riding I could barely handle the pain. Sometimes I could barely peel my hands off my handle bars. The next morning I’d wake up with my hands balled into claws.

I couldn’t work out at the gym. I couldn’t open jars. I couldn’t hold onto my kids and throw them into the air.

This was devastating.

I saw my trainer and Physio. They did active release techniques and other therapies. But still the pain. There was talk of early onset arthritis in fact.

Was I going to have abandon the sport that has given me so much joy of late? Would my day to day life be forever different? Or would I be able to manage my pain in combination with physical therapy and get back to doing all the things I love?

Hands! Don’t fail me now!

I decided that desperate times called for something to help manage the pain, so I was so happy to have discovered Aleve®.

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Aleve® is different than other pain relievers I have tried in the past (and I have tried many!). I can take just one Aleve® tablet and count on up to 12 hours of pain relief. Yes 12 hours! I can even take Aleve at night as well to help with my joint stiffness each morning.

So, these hands of mine have been so much better of late thanks to Aleve® and physical therapy and I am happily back on the saddle and doing all the things I love with the people I love. So go check out Aleve® on Facebook and share what you could do with 12 hours of pain relief as well!

And of course, I still count on Aleve® to help me on the days after this happens too 😉

“Disclosure: I am part of the Bayer Influencer Campaign and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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8 Comments

  • Reply Louise Chapman December 17, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Oh, painful to watch that fall 🙂 Love your active lifestyle and that you’ve found something to manage the pain!

    • Reply Christine December 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Oh the scars on my knees from that fall…perfectly pedal shaped!

  • Reply Maureen December 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Wow!! Your hands have taken a lot of abuse!! My husband has a bottle of Aleve in his golf bag! When his “golfers’ elbow kicks up he knows he will still be able to get his round finished!

    • Reply Christine December 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Lol! I think I have Aleve stashed in just about every vehicle I own, plus the bike bag, snowboarding coat etc. 🙂

  • Reply Holly December 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

    That’s a lot of stories for only two pairs of hands. Glad you are still out there shredding – even if it’s with an aleve under your belt.

    • Reply Christine December 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thanks sista! Hopefully many more years to come!

  • Reply Heather @ New House New Home December 18, 2015 at 4:23 am

    There’s an Aleve stash at my house too – arthritis, back pain, just plain old age makes it a necessity to have Aleve. I start every day with a tablet and it helps keep me moving.

    • Reply Christine December 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thank god for OTC pain relievers non? 🙂

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