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Update and what do you do about exercise?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yesterday I had a good doctor's appointment. Both he and the attending doctor are very concerned about me having 3 falls within 6 weeks. The only meds we changed are he doesn't want me to take the ones for sleep as he says there is a side effect of dizziness and he doesn't want it to cause any other falls. Also I MUST use Pinkie, even in the house. Bob jokingly asked him if he should get a pair of handcuffs to attach me to the walker. Dr G said it might sound mean, but it would be better than another fall and breaking bones or hitting my head again. Also I go to see my primary doctor tomorrow. I can't wait to hear what he has to say! He'll probably scold me. That's ok, I'm a big girl, I can take it!! I'll be using Roxie a lot more, too. I'm hopping not too much, but you never know. One of the things he'll have to check is that every so often I'll get a mouth full of blood. We have tried to tell where it is coming from, but we can't. It lasts several hours, then goes away. It's always bright red.


I haven't said much about Monday's terribly bombings at the Boston Marathon. It took me a while to process it all and then I was running around with doctor appointments and wasn't near a computer long enough to get my thoughts in order to blog. But i believe the entire thing was cowardly. Someone asked me if I thought it was an act of terrorism. As far as I'm concerned anyone who kills a group of innocents in order to put fear into the rest, is a terrorist. It doesn't matter who it is. That they made sure they were safe before setting it off was so cowardly on their part. It was like they were ashamed of themselves and wanted to hide. I'll be interested in finding out who was behind it and what their motive was.
I hope it wasn't religion as I can't think of anyone's God (and most of us worship the same one) approving of such a senseless act and loss of life and injuries. I don't always agree with POTUS, but I liked what he said today about we will run again, that this won't stop us. His message took the negative and made a positive out of it.


I have been doing more and more chair exercises. I've always done a lot on the floor, but one several chair ones since I got out of the chair. I don't mind them, though. As a matter of fact, I often do them while watching TV or reading and often in the truck while we are going back and forth. I'm so gad I was directed to our Chair Exercise Team. I didn't think i'd ever be able to exercise normally. It was a gift to me that let me start to move and become physical once more.

How do each of you handle your exercise program? Do you exercise even when you have a cold or don't feel too good? Do you have a favorite exercise or something you do that is a favorite way to get exercise in for the day? How often do you change things up? These are questions I always wonder about, but have never seemed to ask.

I hope all of you have a terrific weekend and don't let up on your program because it is the weekend! I hope that makes sense to you! I know, I know, you are most likely sick of hearing me say these words, but I feel they are very important to achieving success in our program here at Spark and really, in all of life. When you get up and you don't feel like doing much, it's ok to put off your exercise for a little bit. Make positive choices for your breakfast and gather it all together so it will be easier to fix when you are ready. Compliment someone every chance you get. It is so nice seeing their reactions and it will make you feel better about yourself, too. And always try to smile, even if you don't really want to do so. If you do these things, you'll feel so much better during the day. It's all about turning the negative into the positive.

Peace Love Cure

In case some of you don't know, Bob's grandson is autistic.
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    One of my SP friends does all her walks using her walker and walks miles per week and no falls. Another SP friend has cancer and does all her exercises sitting down and is doing very well. Part of life is adjusting and moving on, and I know you will figure it out. I have MS and when I am weak or my balance if off, I do the chair exercises and use my walker, and have since my early 40's. I am proud I adjust and do well, and stay safe. Good luck to you. Chelsea emoticon
    1736 days ago
    I hope the med change handles the dizziness and falls. That's pretty dangerous (and I'm a klutz who has fallen plenty to be saying that.)

    As to exercise, I tend to listen really close to my body. Every situation varies - even saying a "cold" can mean sniffles (not likely to stop me) or coughing (breathing might be an issue, if it's cold out especially) or sinus headache (might be better to nap first). If I can, I work out but change it to suit the nature of whatever is going on -- lowering the intensity some or doing something gentler on my system.

    My fall back is a walk around the neighborhood, finding a comfortable pace and then pushing just a little. Unless I am REALLY coming down sick, a mild walk around the block at least gets me fresh air and some circulatory benefit.

    I change things up fairly often, with a variety of activities and exercises that I mix and match. One thing I've learned for me is that any time an activity is feeling easy, I need to push a little or change it up. If I can do it, but it was challenging, that's about right.
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    Tell Bob "whatever it takes"! LOL. Lovely blog Ev.
    1737 days ago
    Hope you fall no more and the doctors find out whot is causing the bleeding Have a good day emoticon
    1737 days ago
    Bob has a wicked sense of humour Ev LOL, but he has your best interest at heart and obviously loves you to bits. Hope you don't fall again or I can see handcuffs being purchased!

    I do exercise when not well (depends how unwell I have to say), I just down-grade the workout. I'll stroll rather than jog, cycle slower or use lighter weight. I reckon if you listen to your body you can't go far wrong, I always feel better for having done "something". I love ST more than cardio and have a multi gym in our back bedroom, my favourite exercise changes as often as my mood LOL, at the moment it's crunches or lat pull downs.

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    1738 days ago
    I say this with love: don't be so stubborn and listen to your doctor. Healthy young adults can be severely hurt or worse from falling and hitting their heads; anyone with health issues are that much more vulnerable to permanent damage from falls. And having bright red blood in your mouth is a very bad sign. Dark blood is de-oxygenated from the veins, whereas bright red blood is oxygenated blood from arteries. Having that in your mouth could mean you have a weakened blood vessel in your sinuses, mouth, or throat that's leaking. I hope the doctor figures out where it is very quickly so they can find a way to stop it from happening. Besides, swallowing blood (having any blood in your mouth means some is going into your stomach) can upset your stomach and cause problems in your digestive tract.

    Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world. That's the way it is. Last night there was an explosion in Texas and tonight an MIT security officer was killed. So many bad things happen, sometimes by chance sometimes by troubled people. All we can do is try to find positives to hold on to and support those we care about as much as we possibly can. Tragedies happen every day, some big and some small. But it is our shared humanity that helps us continue on.
    1738 days ago
    Happy Thursday Mrs. Evelyn!!! emoticon

    You better follow your doctor's orders! emoticon I had a time in my young life with falling and it's VERY dangerous to our bodies. I'm so glad you are getting along better though. emoticon Chair exercise are wonderful and even though I'm not grounded like I was when I started this journey years ago I still enjoy working out in the chair using Coach Nicole's Videos.

    I normally change up my cardio routine but I normally keep walking in my plan. Dancing is another workout that I enjoy and do often. Lately I've also incorporated my rebounding on the mini tramp again. It VERY healthy for our lymph system. I keep strength training in my lineup each week as well. I'm enjoying staying fit and healthy. BREAKFAST is my FAVORITE of the day. Love that oatmeal!
    I enjoyed reading your blog! Keep moving forward and GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY IN EVERY WAY!!!
    His GREAT Grace Is Upon You!
    1738 days ago
    Oh, I really hope you have no more falls! I also hope your doctor can find out where the blood in your mouth is coming from. Take good care and keep us updated.

    As for exercise, I'm slowing learning to love the gym at the Y. Even the elliptical trainer that almost did me in the first day is getting easier, and I almost look forward to it now.

    Take care and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1738 days ago
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