On a Positive Note . . .

8 Feb

Hello again – two posts in one am, why not?

On a much more POSITIVE note (than my previous post of a few minutes ago where I whine about how I can not sleep) – the physical therapy I am getting is doing wonders. I am driving again (the most – so far in one round trip was about 42 miles). So that is absolutely wonderful. Also, I can do so much more now physically for myself. I love the physical therapy location that  go to (three times a week) and it has made such a marked improvement, I am astonished – and thrilled!! (And I imagine everyone who has been driving me to doctor’s appointments, treatments, grocery stores etc. is thrilled too). 🙂

It is just really encouraging to see results so fast. I go three days a week and spend about an hour and a half there working out (not so much a traditional workout, but sort of a combination of a “normal work out”  and exercises that are designed to unlock my right “frozen” shoulder, exercises designed to stretch out muscles in my both shoulders, arms and chest (I have had significantly limited range of movement and strength since surgery).

The therapists and trainers are great. They physically work on me too – pulling, stretching and moving my arms and shoulders in ways I could not do without them (and, yeah, it hurts, but they know what they are doing and I see such good results). In addition to their forcing my arms into positions that I could not physically make my arms do, they are also working out – through some pretty deep tissue kinds of manipulation I guess – those tightened up muscles and ligaments (which I understand now have healed short since my surgery). What they do to me and ask of me can be quite painful at times. BUT, the results are amazing AND I have much, much, much less pain in my everyday life as a result.

For example, it used to be very painful just to reach back for my seatbelt, to close my car door, to DRIVE (which really meant that I couldn’t safely drive). I still have a ways to go, but I AM getting there and the results are coming fast.

It is just so encouraging to me to be able to do more for myself and it is SO encouraging to go to a place three days a week that literally each time improves my quality of life. So, it is worth every minute and I look forward to going to every session.

I am back to going for walks again (although this darn rain gets in the way of that a bit). I wish I could go running, but that is not allowed right now – not that I feel like I could do that anyway – but, I just need to do more endurance type training and with this weather, walking isn’t always an option. Plus, it isn’t a very intense kind of work out.

Unfortunately, I can’t really go to the gym right now because my white blood cell counts are too low for that. My doctor doesn’t want me to work out in that kind of environment. They would like me to supplement the exercises I do with the physical therapists and at home with time on a recumbent bike. So, I may look into trying to find a recumbent bike/exercise bike for home. I am very motivated – especially when I see the strength I have already gained and the lessened pain doing everyday things.

If anyone knows of anyone who has a stationary exercise bike or recumbent type exercise bike that they are not using and would be willing to loan out for a about three months, let me know.

I am going to check on Craig’s List too and see what I can find there. But, this not working thing makes purchases a bit difficult.

Well, I guess it’s time for breakfast. Maybe I will be able to sleep some later today.

L.

2 Responses to “On a Positive Note . . .”

  1. Stephanie M February 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM #

    Are you still looking for a bike to borrow? We have one! Email me!

    • cancerfree2b February 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM #

      Hi Stephanie,

      It is so nice to hear from you. I look forward to catching up with you, it’s been a long time. Yes, I am still looking for an exercise bike to borrow. I am not quite road ready, so I can’t just go out and ride my bike at this point (some day, just not until I get through these surgeries).

      Thank you for reading my blog. I will email you. I hope everything is going great with you and yours and I look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to.

      Talk to you soon,

      L.

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