Sunday, September 22, 2013
I have been dealing with a foot injury for a while now and it has affected me more than I wanted to admit. Sometimes when I have a physical issue I tend to get into a "china-doll" mindset, that I am breakable and I become very cautious with myself.
This can be good, as I did have an actual medical condition that could have caused a lot of trouble had it been left to fester and gotten worse. But at the same time it became an excuse to get lazy and stop doing what I could easily have been doing without causing harm.
Finally my doctor sent me to the wound center and I have been working with them to heal my foot. A diabetic with an open wound on the bottom of the foot is a potential hornet's nest - not to be messed with.
My appointment on Friday went very well and I graduated from the wound center and was referred to a podiatrist for routine care. I have been pronounced healed! That is always a wonderful word to hear. We talked extensively about what I can do now and going forward for exercise. It is not as much starting out as I would like, but at least it is more than I have been able to do, so I will follow protocol diligently.
Here is what I can do:
~I can continue using the NuStep machine at the gym 45 minutes, 4 to 6 days a week.
~I can begin to walk at a moderate pace 15 minutes a day, either outside or on the treadmill. The time can be doubled every 2 weeks until I reach an hour daily, as long as the foot continues to hold up.
~I can swim again! I have been missing the pool so I'm really excited about this. I love to swim laps and do water aerobics. I used to spend an hour a day in the pool, and I hope to get back to that.
With starting work part time it might be a stretch to fit all this fitness into my schedule, but I'm going to do my best to do as much as possible. The whole time I was sitting on the couch with my foot up I was thinking about the time when I would be able to get out and move again. Now that time is here and I have been cleared for take-off!