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.