ROW80 Check-in #01


My first #ROW80 check-in! Woot!

It’s been only 3 days, but it’s been wonderful and exciting so far! I’m very happy and excited about meeting so many fellow writers. I bet I’ll meet even more until the end of the challenge =)

So, where to begin …


Let’s start with EXERCISING

Well, I haven’t been doing any of that, orders from the doctor (that’s why on my goals it says after the doctor okays it).

However, I decided to explain a little about that here to my fellow ROWers (I’ll try to be quick). If you aren’t interested in this topic, feel free to skip to the next one.

Last year, in May, I ruptured two feet ligaments and had to quit ballet. Lots of physical therapy later, the doctor said I had to try and go on, enduring the pain, or would have to go through surgery. But, no ballet for me. I went back to normal life, but exercising was not fun anymore. I wanted to dance ballet. Anyway. A month ago, my ligaments started hurting again, out of nowhere. I didn’t twist my ankle or hit it anywhere. The pain started spreading through my whole foot and my shin—and the numbness started.

It hurt so bad, I went to the ER. They doc there said I had to see a foot specialist. However, he said that, because of the numbness, it was probably related to the spine. He gave me meds and sent me home, where I scheduled an appointment with my doctor, Dr. S., the foot specialist who treated my foot last year. Four days later, I went to his office and he too told me it looked like spine. A spinal disc herniation, to be more precise. He ordered a MRI of the spine first and scheduled a MRI for the leg later, in case it was not the spine, but he was 99% sure it was. Meanwhile, total bed-rest.

Some days later, I did the MRI on my spine. A couple of days later, I got the results. It said I have a Schmorl’s Node on my spine and that could cause, in the future, a disc herniation, but it can’t be whatever is causing the pain and the numbness on my leg. And let me tell you, it’s getting worse. I’m taking some heavy painkillers and still I can barely sleep at night because of the PAIN!

Anyway, now, I have leg MRUI scheduled for next Monday, the pain is killing me (lol) and I’m still resting as much as I can.

So, that’s my reason for not exercising. Yet.

I hope to find out whatever is causing the pain (and the numbness and the inside-out burning sensation), treat it, and go back to exercising.

Since I can’t dance ballet, I’m thinking about trying Yoga or Pilates. Let’s see.


Next topic, BLOGGING and TWITTER

I blogged more than expected. And I have another post coming up tomorrow.

I also commented on many blogs of our ROWers friends. And some other blogs that I usually read/follow.

And Twitter … well, that thing is addicting! Evil being! I’ve been tweeting for a long time, but, damn, I don’t want to turn it off! LOL



I’m reading Matched by Ally Condie.

I’m about 40% in and, let me tell you, so far I’ve been forcing it. I read so many reviews, heard so many people raving about how wonderful this book would be, that I think I was expecting more.

Well, I’m not done yet, so I’m hoping things will heat up ;)


Finally, WRITING 

That department is going well.

Monday and Tuesday I wrote a little over my quota (2k per day).

But today was awesome. Today alone I did four #1k1hr and got down around 4k words. And I plan to do one more tonight lol

This #1k1hr is addicting too and I plan to participate on them whenever I can.


Gosh, I wrote a longer post than I intended to. Sorry, friends!

To finish, I just wanted to let you know I’m very excited and happy to be a part of round 4 of #ROW80. Having loads of fun so far!

I hope  you all are doing great =)



11 Responses to ROW80 Check-in #01

  • Hi Juliana,

    Whoa – exercise is SUCH a great goal to put down! Because hunching over a computer is the antithesis of a healthy body. Sorry to hear you are still injured.

    And congrats on making 4k words already! You are flying! Or ROWING :)


  • Good luck on the MRI. That sucks!

    But your progress so far is awesome! Keep up the good work! *shakes pom poms*

    And yeah, Matched was okay, but I think Condie could have done a lot more with it. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll bother reading the sequel.

    • *waves* Hey Jenn =)
      Oh, don’t tell me that about Matched! I might not finish it … and I never put down a book before the end!

  • Gosh what a struggle with your legs. I pray the new MRI reveals the true problem so you can address it. It sounds like Pilates or Yoga would be excellent alternative exercise programs for you. Hope that works out!

    You really are flying at your word count. NaNoWriMo will be a breeze for you! :)

    Good luck from another Row80 newbie!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your injuries. I think it’s smart to rest (or do low-key exercise like yoga) while you recover.

    I read MATCHED and liked it, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it more as you read on.

    Good job on your word count this week! I’ve had a lot of success with 1k1hr too. :)

  • Sounds like there’s a lot going on in your life… yet you’ve still managed to do so much! Keep it up!

  • Enjoyed your post. Hope the book gets better. With precious little time and a love of reading, I like to be enthralled with my books! Sorry to hear about the health issues, and wishing you painfree days soon.

    Lovely progress. Looking forward to following you through Round 4.

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