Spoiler: it was actually a single mighty clap of thunder, but I wouldn't know that until 9:30 pm the next day.
After 8 years, I finally decided it was time to get physical therapy to manage the chronic hip pain lingering after my final pregnancy. I was shocked to discover that my physical therapist and I share the same philosophy: his for pain, and mine for choral breathing. In two wildly different professions, the commonality of philosophy is in the mind-body connection.
I've discovered through working with him that my hip doesn't actually hurt, I only think it does. I buy into this theory-- it certainly sounds like me. My hip hurt(s) because 1) I remember that it used to hurt 2) I'm afraid it's going to hurt again 3) I do some (ineffective) things so that it won't hurt anymore 4) I know it's going to hurt 5) I'm prepared for it to hurt 6) I protect it 7) I'm hypervigilant looking for signs that it's going to hurt again, and then 8) it hurts. The...