Camino de Santiago - Day 19

April 30, 2016

This morning, I awoke in a different way.  Instead of bounding out of bed as usual, first I looked at my left ankle (still swollen, but less.)  I sent it a blessing and I gave thanks for whatever today would bring.  Then I gently began to move it in small circles this way and that way.  It moved quite easily - no pain.  I sat on the edge of my bed and place my feet on the floor.  I carefully applied first 25, then 50, then 75, then 100% of weight on it as I stood on both legs.  Ahhhhh, feels ok.  I stood for a minute with my eyes closed and shifted the weight of my body to see where it felt spacious and where I felt tension.  There is still a definite "hot spot" there... ok - now I am aware of it, now to take a step and support that tender spot.  I plant the sole of my foot using the entire foundation - no pain, it supports me, I carefully take a few more steps.  As long as I move slowly and with attention, I can walk - a little.  I make my way downstairs with the help of the bannister for the first time in days.  Daniel, the owner has a smile on his face as he see's me enter the dining room (he has been bringing my food to me.)  Terrie has just arrived and we hug - happy to be reunited and looking forward to a day of rest.  Later, we will make a plan for tomorrow.  For now, I will sit on the balcony and let the sun restore me...


 later in the day...


I spent the majority of the day listening to Thomas Hanna, sitting in the sun on the deck and visiting with Terrie.  We have made a plan.  Tomorrow we will train to Astorga.  We will then have 10 days of walking approximately 20 km per day.  We have reserved all of our lodging through to Santiago.  I will walk what I can - perhaps 1 or 2 km... and then take a bus to our final daily destination.  Each day will be different.  Dr. feels there is a bone fragment that has chipped off and is floating around.  I am hoping it will float to a nice resting place and I can continue my walk :-).


Little by little, this lesson of releasing my "plan" for my camino pilgrimage is settling into the cells of my body.  




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