The Body Electric / El Cuerpo Eléctrico

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I WAS OUT OF BED at 7:30 this morning (and not to take pictures of the sunrise). I had an early appointment with my new physical therapist at the offices of my podiatrist.

After one hour with Susana, and for the first time in three years, I had no pain at all from my sciatica. She told me it would be back today or tomorrow, but we should be able to get rid of the problem with a few more treatments. She used a machine that looked liked something out of “Alien,” with multiple flexible arms that were suctioned to my body in various places. I don’t know what it’s called (I plan to ask next time), but I’m sure one of my more informed readers will be able to identify it. Susana knew exactly where and when I would feel pain and was able to show me where the problem originates. Then she performed electrical stimulation therapy. That was fascinating and, more importantly, effective.

Another interesting thing she mentioned is I’m going to have to relearn doing things without anticipating pain. And she’s right, I realized on my walk home I’ve become very cautious (except for when I have a brain fart and jump off a wall). For example, I noticed how gingerly I stepped off the first curb. I forced myself to relax and I walked happily home. I have every confidence that Susana is going to make me better and I look forward to going back same time next week.

Here are a couple of photos of Saturday’s sunrise reflected in our glass curtain followed by shots from this morning. And, if you’ll now excuse me, I’m headed for a walk on the beach to enjoy the cooler air, refreshing breeze, and pep in my step.

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ESTABA FUERA DE LA CAMA a las 7:30 esta mañana (y no para tomar fotos del amanecer). Tuve una cita temprana con mi nueva fisioterapeuta en las oficinas de mi podólogo.

Después de una hora con Susana, y por primera vez en tres años, mi ciática no me dio ningún dolor. Me dijo que volvería hoy o mañana, pero que deberíamos poder solucionar el problema con algunos tratamientos más. Ella usó una máquina que parecía algo sacado de “Alien”, con múltiples brazos flexibles que fueron succionados a mi cuerpo en varios lugares. No sé cómo se llama (planeo preguntar la próxima vez), pero estoy seguro de que uno de mis lectores más informados podrá identificarlo. Susana sabía exactamente dónde y cuándo sentiría dolor y fue capaz de mostrarme dónde se origina el problema. Luego realizó una terapia de estimulación eléctrica. Fue fascinante y, lo que es más importante, eficaz.

Otra cosa interesante que mencionó es que tendré que volver a aprender a hacer cosas sin anticipar el dolor. Y ella tiene razón, me di cuenta en mi camino a casa que me había vuelto muy cauteloso (excepto cuando tengo un pedo cerebral y salto de una pared). Por ejemplo, noté con qué cautela bajé del primer bordillo. Me obligué a relajarme y caminé feliz a casa. Tengo confianza en que Susana me va a mejorar y espero volver a la misma hora la próxima semana.

Aquí hay unas fotos del amanecer del sábado reflejado en nuestra cortina de vidrio, seguidas de fotos de esta mañana. Y, si me disculpan, me dirijo a dar un paseo por la playa para disfrutar del aire más fresco, la brisa refrescante, y el ánimo en mi paso.

A surprisingly large and comfortable facility once you’re inside.
Una instalación sorprendentemente grande y cómoda una vez que estás dentro.
Alien.
• The previous patient. A little too much electricity.
• El paciente anterior. Demasiada electricidad.
• The physiotherapy center is located on Plaza de la Hispanidad, which has three fountains dedicated to the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
• El centro de fisioterapia está ubicado en la Plaza de la Hispanidad, que cuenta con tres fuentes dedicadas a la Niña, la Pinta y la Santa María.
• Wisteria with the Niña fountain in the background.
• Glicina con la fuente de la Niña al fondo.
• Walking through the empty fairgrounds. Memorial to bullfighter Alfonso Galen who was born in Córdoba but lived in Fuengirola from the age of 6. I’m not sure about the chair. Maybe he didn’t like to walk much.
• Caminando por el recinto ferial vacío. Monumento al torero Alfonso Galeno que nació en Córdoba pero vivió en Fuengirola desde los 6 años. No estoy seguro de la silla. Quizás no le gustaba caminar mucho.
• One of several flower kiosks within 10 minutes of home.
• Uno de los varios quioscos de flores a 10 minutos de casa.
• Our train station. I turned toward the beach at the next corner and was almost home.
• Nuestra estación de tren. Giré hacia la playa en la siguiente esquina y estaba casi en casa.

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Caminando Feliz.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

31 thoughts on “The Body Electric / El Cuerpo Eléctrico”

    1. Deedles:
      I’ve always loved Steve and Eydie, too. My aunt hung out with him as a teenager. Oh, I feel so good I think I’ll go looking for walls today! (To sit on.)

    1. Bob:
      I can’t find the thing online. Will ask what it’s called when I’m there next week, so I can read up on how it works.

    1. David:
      Yeah, seeing that guy made me a little nervous but the only thing I lost was pain! No relaxed strolls for me.

  1. Well I fell in love with the photo of the Plaza de la Hispanidad, with the three fountains !!!! And by all means, stay on her good side if that’s what happened to the previous patient. I second Deedles…. I love Steve And Edie too!!! Great song.

    And Bob say suctioned off parts of the body like it’s a bad thing. I have many talents in the suction department.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Well, damn, had I known how well this suction works, I would have just called you instead. The plaza is charming. I’ve never been able to get a shot that really does it justice. When the wisteria is all in bloom, it’s amazing. I have always loved Steve and Eydie. Glad they’re not a guilty pleasure.

      1. Scoot, anybody who can sang is no guilty pleasure! Yes I said SANG! Steve and Eydie are great together and apart.

      2. Deedles:
        I agree, great together or apart. But I had no idea until recently what a career she had on her own AND also in Spanish! And turns out I was wrong, her family origins are Sicily, Turkey, and Lebanon.

    1. wickedhamster:
      The elevated train is done beautifully here. I would LOVE to fly in a zeppelin. I always thought I’d love to go in a hot air balloon, but then there’s an accident written up in the paper and I think… maybe not. Thanks for the zeppelin link.

    1. Wilma:
      The railing is filthy and the glass is spotted from the dust spit on by that recent 30-second rain. I don’t know why it all looks so good in the photos.

  2. Good to hear that you have a great physio! Happy trails to you!
    Maybe one day our Wisteria will look like that one!

    1. Jim:
      I’ll be sure to get photos of the plaza when all the wisteria are in the glory. It’s amazing… and the fragrance is exquisite.

  3. It was driving me nuts (not hard to do these days) why there was a chair and a hat on the monument to Alfonso Galan. After much, much searching I found this (initially in Spanish, which I will provide): Within the fairground of the Malaga locality of Fuengirola are four small roundabouts with two monuments made of corten steel that represent objects typically associated with this festival, namely: a chair with a Cordoba hat (in the one named Plaza Alfonso Galán), three combs used in the traditional hairstyle of the flamenco (Curro Claros), a stirrup (Antonio José Galán) and a Spanish guitar (Miguel Márquez). In case of doubt, the roundabouts are named after local bullfighters. We do not know the author of these sculptures.

    Dentro del recinto ferial de la localidad malagueña de Fuengirola se encuentran cuatro pequeñas rotondas con dos monumentos de acero cortenes que representan objetos típicamente asociados a este festival, a saber: una silla con sombrero cordobesa (en la llamada Plaza Alfonso Galán), tres peines utilizados en el tradicional peinado del flamenco (Curro Claros), un estribo (Antonio José Galán) y una guitarra española (Miguel Márquez). En caso de duda, las rotondas llevan el nombre de los toreros locales. No conocemos al autor de estas esculturas.

    Whew. Glad I got that figured out.

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      I knew I had found that info years ago. Couldn’t find it this time around. Thanks!

  4. It was driving me nuts what the significance of the chair and the hat was. Found it, finally: Dentro del recinto ferial de la localidad malagueña de Fuengirola se encuentran cuatro pequeñas rotondas con dos monumentos de acero cortenes que representan objetos típicamente asociados a este festival, a saber: una silla con sombrero cordobesa (en la llamada Plaza Alfonso Galán), tres peines utilizados en el tradicional peinado del flamenco (Curro Claros), un estribo (Antonio José Galán) y una guitarra española (Miguel Márquez). En caso de duda, las rotondas llevan el nombre de los toreros locales. No conocemos al autor de estas esculturas.

    Within the fairgrounds of the Malaga town of Fuengirola there are four small roundabouts with two cutout steel monuments that represent objects typically associated with this festival, namely: a chair with a Cordobesa hat (in the so-called Plaza Alfonso Galán), three combs used in the traditional flamenco hairstyle (Curro Claros), a stirrup (Antonio José Galán) and a Spanish guitar (Miguel Márquez). In case of doubt, the roundabouts are named after the local bullfighters. We don’t know the author of these sculptures.

  5. Happy to hear you are feeling better and will get better. I love those flower kiosk and I miss them, we do not have that tradition in Canada and flowers are so expensive.

    1. larrymuffin:
      I love the flower kiosks, too. Málaga’s main drag has row upon row. They used to be charming and beautiful. Now they’re brand new, contemporary (with less charm), but still beautiful when the flowers are out. And flowers are NOT expensive here.

  6. Wow, please let me know what that machine is called. Having some chronic pain issues of my own.
    That sunrise is stunning!

  7. wonder if your therapist will give you a TENS unit (portable, electro stimulant). my spouse has one.
    spines are interesting things; they keep us upright.

    1. anne marie:
      My mother had one after her back surgery. I’m clearly not at that level and am still feeling great.

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