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ONE WEEK DOWN, ONLY THREE MORE TO GO.

Friday, April 05, 2013

I have entered a four week intensive strength training regimen in at attempt to get some strength back into my legs and regain some semblance of balance. I knew that something was missing when I always felt like I was at a high risk for falling. I have had two major falls in the past few months, one of them ended up with a 3 day stay in the hospital. there were many close calls as well.

I asked my primary physician if I should see a neurologist, ENT or what and he strongly suggested a particular Physical Trainer who specializes in balance issues. So, I did and he gave me a very thorough analysis of my muscle conditions and level of balance. Needless to say, I flunked both. He assured me that he could help on both counts. He reminded me that when one fears falling, it is more likely that a fall is imminent. I already knew that but was resisting any action for WAY TOO LONG.

So I signed up for a four week, three sessions per week program. Now to be sure, I knew I was in for some muscle pain but I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH. Holy smoke, I felt like I was in the first few days of football season! He really is putting me into a zone I hadnít felt for decades and its all my fault for not taking care of myself.

Monday I came home and could barely move but I did the homework he gave me which I know was doing good things, but did nothing for the pain. Two days off except for the homework. Thursday was day two of my sentence and it was twice as bad as day one. Since my next appointment was the next day, there was not homework and that is a good thing since I could barely walk. I am not exaggerating. I had to pick up a prescription but the only way I could get around was to grab a shopping cart next to my car and use it as a walker. Thursday night was a sleepless effort in spite of taking ample ibuprofen tabs.

My Friday (today) appointment was at 0830 and I knew that I was marginalized but endeavored to do whatever he said. To be honest, I ran out of steam about half way through and he had pity on me. The exercise routines were changed primarily to balance exercises and quadriceps strengthening.

The upside is that in spite of having a lot of pain, I honestly can walk with more confidence already. So there is hope for these old bones after all.

Another update a week from now. Until then, just keep pushing, one palm tree at a time.

Cheers, Frank
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MIAGDE 4/25/2013 10:40AM

    Congratulations! Take One Day at a Time and Celebrate Life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/25/2013 9:58AM

    So how is it going now Frank?

Balance can be an issue for many people as we age and with the onset of retirement, whether we realize it or not, we do a lot more sitting emoticon I have even seen the problems this can cause in myself. Watching my father and how he struggles at 86 has motivated me to get up and get moving more and with my arthritic pain under better control I can even exercise now (just read a SP article that talked about the difference between activity and exercise).

So, I am eager to hear how things are going for you emoticon

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FISHER011 4/22/2013 5:57PM

    Hope things are better. Your 4 week program sounds like a hard one to do, but hopeful worth it & has you more stronger.
Falls are no fun!
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BERKCHIK 4/19/2013 3:10PM

    holy smokes! it sounds like quite a journey you've embarked on. it means life! so good for you ;-)

and thanks for checking out my angel cards blog..hope you tried a card today :)

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HEALTHY4UNI 4/14/2013 6:02AM

    I really do think you have a great attitude! You have drive and will power which a lot of people don't. You know the problem and now you have a process to get to where you want to be! Just as with weight loss, know your goal, make the necessary changes and Spark your way there! More power to you and hopefully as you improve the pain will diminish!

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BLITZEN40 4/9/2013 5:53PM

    Well, no pain, no gain! And you are improving already! Way to go sticking with it and pushing through it even when it got brutal. Sounds like your trainer is really giving you your money's worth! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 4/7/2013 9:58PM

    Frank I think I need to see your man! After being sick for 2 years I have no strength in my legs and have balance issues as well,

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CATHEMARIE 4/7/2013 9:37PM

    Keep on keeping on! Keep blogging on your progress ~ we want to cheer you on!

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WEGENERCS 4/6/2013 6:44PM

    Hang.In.There.

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123ELAINE456 4/6/2013 1:58AM

  So glad that You are getting the help You need. I hope that You do Well with the Exercises etc. You Can Do It. Keep Pushing Forward. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care.

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LADYPYE 4/5/2013 10:22PM

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MICKEYH 4/5/2013 10:10PM

    Good luck on your 4wk training regimen!! emoticon Go Frank you can do it !! emoticon

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NORASPAT 4/5/2013 9:54PM

    I hope as you progress your sore muscles should be less sore.
Balance is so important as we age.

I am 69 years young and had balance issues I had the vertigo treatment and it has really helped me.

Take care. Be sure you share your discomfort with your practitioner. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLDS 4/5/2013 8:22PM

    congrats on your progress. Sounds like you are on your way.

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4KWALK 4/5/2013 7:37PM

    Wow you are brave to go through this. But it will be better than falls. Hope you do well. emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 4/5/2013 7:11PM

    I am so glad you took action to take even better care of yourself!
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JACKIE542 4/5/2013 6:29PM

    Sighing up for this program is a great idea. Can't wait to hear your updates. Take care. emoticon emoticon

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PJBONARRIGO 4/5/2013 6:07PM

    I'm glad to read that you have found a good person to help you work through your balance issues. PT seems to be an hour of doing things that you can't or don't want to do LOL But, PT is always the things you need to do :-)
It's great that you can already see some progress. Here's hoping for even more! Take care and let us all know how you are doing!

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HOLLYM48 4/5/2013 5:40PM

    Hope this works for you and your balance improves. That is a very scary feeling when you lose your balance and falling is very dangerous. Keep up the great work with following the program! emoticon

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REXTINE1 4/5/2013 5:37PM

    Just the fact that you can walk better already is a big indicator that you're on the right track. Knowing what has to be done and then doing it is what separates humans from the herd. You're doing great - and we're all pulling for you.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2013 5:37PM

  Good for you for pursuing balance improvement. That's a real issue for me too! I have inner ear problems, but really . . . I feel my balance has improved with working on it.

Keep it up!

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/5/2013 5:34PM

    You are an inspiration!!! You can do it!!! Keep on keeping on!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 4/5/2013 5:24PM

    You can do it.

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