Aches and Pains

Not my bed

Like Mooch says, “They don’t teach you this stuff in school!” so I’m going to talk about my aches and pains related to van living.  If this is boring, you can blame Mooch!  🙂

I’m in my 40s and I expect to have a couple of aches, so don’t think I’m complaining.  I get plenty of exercise.  I walk for 1-2 hours everyday so I’m in decent shape.  I do have a soreness in my right leg though.  I’m not sure if it’s from walking in pretty shoes (rather than more practical walking shoes) or if it’s from sleeping in the van.  I think it’s from being bunched up in the van.

I sleep curled up on the back bench.  I’ve always slept curled up though, even when I had a bed.  But I did straighten out sometimes too when I slept in a house.  I’m about 5 ft 5 and I think I have about 5 feet of available space on the bench.  I’ll have to measure it sometime although I really don’t want to know if it’s LESS than 5 feet!  Anyway, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my right leg is soooo achy.  So I sort of stretch it in the “aisle” of the van, between the seats and the side door.  It doesn’t really help a lot.  I would LOVE to kick my feet up on the back of the bench.  I think that would feel really good but I’m afraid someone would see them through the windows and I’m trying to be stealthy.

I store a suitcase sideways  next to my sleeping bench and when I remember, I slide it down a little, toward the “aisle”, put a bit of blanket over it, and lay my feet on top of that….that helps a little by giving me a little more space, even though it isn’t length really, it’s to the side.

Interestingly though, my hip used to hurt all the time when I slept in a bed and for some reason, since I started sleeping in the fan it doesn’t.  Perhaps the pain moved down into my leg or perhaps it has disappeared.  So since my leg doesn’t hurt as much as my hip used to, I think I’m coming out ahead so far in the aches and pains department by living in the van.  I think I’m going to try to find a tiny thin pillow to put between my legs while I sleep, or maybe I’ll even just ball up an old article of clothing for the purpose.  I’ve heard this can help with hip pain, maybe it can help with my leg problem.

Wondering who Mooch is?  He is the webmaster for this blog.  He runs my blog for me for free (he does this for a number of people in the homeless community) and he lives in his car about an hour away from where I park.  Here’s his blog.


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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