Before Progress After Just wanted to show off some new shelves I made. The whole project took about 9 hours to complete. It was exhausting: lifting, bending, painting, pushing, pulling, walking, climbing stairs…..eating Pad Thai. I’m not going to say it didn’t hurt. It did a bit, but not terrible. I actually only hurt if I became aware of the hours worked. I’d notice that I’d been standing for 6 hours freak out a bit. My TMS tried everything, both knees, both elbows, my shoulder, my ankles, my back. I’d tell it to stop and it would switch joints. I kept at it though, and I’m so proud of the result. My friend who was helping me knows about TMS is very understanding. When I was getting overwhelmed, I’d go into the bathroom (the only room in the downstairs that was clear) and meditate or talk to myself a little. In about 5-10 mins, I’d be ready to resume. This was a huge deal for me because I love my critters so much and their area had gotten so trashy looking while I was in pain. Now, I think it’s wonderful. As a side note: I keep and breed crested geckos. I have to say they are a huge part of my recovery. No matter how much I hurt (which isn’t much at all recently), I can always hold one of my geckos, which are quite tame. They make me smile and laugh. I think about them and not the pain. They’re my little buddies and I’m glad they have a nice home now.