Oh, @An54, you are, of course, quite right that one clear choice (some might say obvious) would be to stop doing much of anything and really try to recover more slowly without forcing the issue as I do. For me, however, so much of who I am is, regrettably, wrapped up in staying semi-active. I am not running marathons or doing hours of exercise--just 30 minutes at the gym, a weekly Pilates class and 15 minutes of PT exercises, all of these on alternating days. I really get depressed when I can't do something physical most days, and maintaining my mental sanity is a real goal for me in addition to physical recovery. I really and truly do try not to overdo things, with limited success at times, but I can't imagine a life of hanging out without some form of physical exertion but I will try to be more aware and to slow down a bit. I know, I know--just because I CAN do something doesn't mean I should. But still... That's so sweet of you to say that I could try writing. I suppose I could, but I have a bit of an inferiority complex about writing. My mother, she was a writer--both prose and poetry (she even wrote one book, which I ashamedly have never read as it's non-fiction and on a topic I have no interest in at all--club work and organization!) and I feel my few attempts at writing are so pathetic. I find writing on this forum to be easy and fun--I am a complete stream of conscious writer--but writing "for real" seems unattainable. And, of course, what the heck would I write about? I actually changed majors in college from English to History because the thought of writing a thesis, which I would have needed to do to graduate with an English degree, seemed profoundly unattainable. Still, so kind of you to think about my situation and make suggestions. @mojo, I understand that PT can be bad for lots of folks, but I truly have benefited from it. They've never pushed me into doing things I can't do, and I always feel that they want to work with me to improve my situation. I think some different exercises might actually benefit me, and if they hurt or made things worse I would, of course, not do them. Remember, they kicked me out of PT a month or so ago! Okay, it's Monday morning and I'm off to mail tax documents (gulp...) to our tax preparer, buy ingredients for Cuban black bean soup with rice, and then--to the gym for a SHORT and EASY workout. Overcast skies were predicted for today, but so far the horizon looks clear with only a few errant clouds. Love it when the forecast appears wrong if it means a better day than the pundits have predicted.