Normally I Wouldn’t Do This…
…meaning two extra posts in the same week. I guess we can consider them replacements for the two Saturday’s I forgot about during the blog tour. Or maybe one of the days was when I was so pumped about seeing The Avengers..first or third time. 🙂
I want to get this down and out there because I’ve been dragging my feet about doing it. I figure if I make it public, I’m more likely to follow through.
As of this minute, 3:46 a.m., I have everything ready for a trip to the pool tomorrow. I haven’t been there in months, and I can tell the difference. Just a two block walk this afternoon left me in so much pain I wasn’t sure I’d make it back to my van.
I think I’m between what some would call a rock and a hard place. My injuries from the accident require that I do things like work out in the pool, and other exercises that I’ll list here in a minute. The hypothyroidism, however, makes me so tired that it’s a chore to make myself do any of it.
To elaborate just a little, three years ago last month I was told by a pain management specialist that I just needed to accept the fact that wheelchairs, walkers and electric grocery carts should be a part of my daily life.
My blunt (and crude response to that)? Screw you! No, I didn’t actually say it out loud, but if she could have read my mind, I was shouting it. That was my one and only visit. Even my doctor was offended by her suggestion.
You know what? I was diligent about going to physical therapy three days a week for nine months and, when I’m being good, no one can tell that there’s anything wrong with me. Because the pool and other exercises control the pain to such a huge degree that my life is pretty much normal…if you don’t factor in the fatigue from my thyroid issues.
And that’s where my current problems stem from. So I’m just going to suck it up and do what I need to do. The pain has gotten to the point where it’s seriously affecting my sleep…and quality of sleep. I’ve gotten about nine hours in the past 84.
So here is what I’m adding to my current plan…
* Work out for 45 minutes, three afternoons a week…working back up to six days weekly.
* Start using my treadmill for something other than a napping place for the cats. Since walking is so painful right now, I’m going to start off with 5 minutes, three times a day, most days a week, increasing it to 15 minutes, three times a day, most days as I’m able.
* Do my physical therapy exercises EVERY DAY.
* In a couple of weeks, start doing gentle strength training with 2 pound weights, working up as I’m able.
All it will take is a couple of weeks doing these things consistently before I’m almost back to normal again.
Why now? Because my daughter and I were talking about going to Michigan Adventure in August or September. It’s a pretty large amusement park, requiring lots of walking. Or riding in a wheelchair.
Guess what? If I didn’t give in to that option three years ago, I’m not going to start now. I’ll spend the day at Michigan Adventure…and I’ll spend it there getting around very nicely on my own two feet.
I intend to be getting around very nicely on my own two feet when I’m eighty, too. Which means that exercise and stretches are going to become a daily habit. Every single day of my life.
Okay, so I’m just going to think about going to the pool today. One day at a time. I can do anything for one day. And then I can do it for one day tomorrow, too.