Stop lifting with mono- What I would've done now
I've talked about it some on these forums in the past months, and as I've tried to get back into lifting I've had some setbacks with minor injury that has stopped me in my tracks each time. However, my doctors said not to lift for a few months or I my spleen would rupture. So, knowing what I know now, here's what I would have done differently:
I would obviously not be going as much volume as I was in the 90%+ range. Shoot, I wouldn't even lift that heavy. Would I have taken a break? Yes, for two weeks. Would I have then started to lift light? Yes. Here's what happened: I already have a career goal that requires me to sit several hours a day(piano playing), and when I added the extra "rest and inactivity" my doctors suggested, I became weak all over. Not only were my muscles weak, but everything was. I became lazy. I became apathetic towards my health. I've always been a bit apathetic, but even more so then. Emotions built up in me that I somehow got rid of with the lifting. At least, I imagine that's what happened. I didn't experience the same things before hand. Now, I have also been so inactive for so long, that it has messed up my mobility. I can easily squat well below parallel and do the same type of movements before, but with less ease. Now this is causing me injury somewhere each time I try to lift. Well, not every time... However, the lessened mobility is a tough fix I have found. Maybe it won't be much longer. I don't know. I'm just gonna keep trying because it's a hobby I love.
Also, I did try to come back some in the past, but each time let my mind and my fear get to me of what might happen if I really started going again. I figured this thread might be of use to someone if they ever come into the same situation. I believe an already active person probably will need a little less recovery and "lay on your ass" time than someone else. But hey, each person is different.