Feeling VERY Proud!

Friday, October 25, 2013

My husband Eric and I used to walk, swim and hike in our mountains every day... and most days enjoying more then one of those exercises. I could not wait to get out and move every day and going with Eric was so perfect. We talked about everything when we went on our walks and hikes, from how our day was... to plans and dreams and goals, and just anything that we wanted to talk about. Was great exercise of course... and great for sharing time alone with one another.

About a year ago... December 9th, I had an accident which led to a couple of surgeries with metal plates being screwed onto different broken bones and other not so fun stuff. As you can imagine... I became immobile. Oh.. I do what exercise I can..on parts of my body that I can while sitting in a chair.. but that is so limited.

Recently... I have been given the go ahead from my surgeon to do what I want. WOO HOO! I am so excited. So... my first walk...

I got into my sweats... ok ok.. Eric and I got me into my sweats, (he still helps me dress and shower etc etc) and next was dragging the sneakers from the bottom of the closet. (They were dusty and crushed down from weight), but I got them on my feet. I am SURE they shrank from non use.. but Eric tells me "no, your feet are fatter". *sigh* What does he know?! So... I am dressed and ready to go for my first walk in too long of a time. I get my old fanny pack on (equipped with all the necessary things that might be needed) and I grab my water bottle and we are out the door.

And we are off! Felt fantastic.. for the most part. The fresh air.. the fall leaves.. the sunshine. I was loving it. The aches and pains was not so good.. but I pushed on! All the while... Eric is running around me... at my side.. popping in front... moving every pebble and blade of grass (real or imagined) that he thought might be in my way... and all the while urging me to "be careful". At one time.. he even said to me... "Whoa, whoa.. slow down Nellie". Nellie? Does he think I am his pet goat or cow?! HA HA HA! We reached my intended destination at last.. it took about 10 minutes.. and I was feeling very proud and good about it. We stood there and rested a few minutes, I think it was mostly so Eric could catch his breath from all the running around me he did. I should probably tell you that all this.... was to my mailbox... about 25 feet from my front door. Maybe I should also tell you that it was all downhill.. our driveway has a very steep slope to it. SO... now... the walk back up. It went about the same... except at one point my son came out to assist in case it was needed. He was behind me and half the time I could feel his hands on my back pushing me up. I did have to stop and rest this time.. and I might have taken too long to get moving again because Eric asked if he should call the paramedics to help me get up to the front door. (eyeroll)

I eventually got back to the front door... and felt fantastic. WOOT WOOT.. I DID IT! I have so missed walking. Next time... I will go a little further.. and so on.. till I am back to normal. I read a great review from Pixie-Licious a couple of days ago about the Spark Activity Tracker .. and I am going to get one of those. I WILL get my strength and health back. I am going to do this! I am very proud of what I have accomplished and I know it is so little for most people... heck.. even for me that used to get out there for hours at a time, it is so little. So yes.. it is little... but right now... this is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I KNOW... I am going to make it.
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    emoticon Way to go!!
    2663 days ago
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    2684 days ago
    You came to my mind several times today, wondering how you were doing. I shutter when I think of the seriousness of your fall. I was thrilled to read this report, and how sweet of Eric to come on line to let you know how proud he is of you. I have a lot of trouble remembering who belongs to what story, etc. Post polio does that to you amongst other things. But since your last name is Johnson and I was a Peterson, I did recall who it was that had the fall.
    I am told in no uncertain terms that I can't get into the bathtub unless my daughter is here. I am pretty unstable on my poor legs. I have done it but it is scary and so I have to obey my kids and wait until daughter is home. I think sponge bathing is the pits but have no choice. I am too tired many evenings to shower. I have trouble dressing as my shoulders hurt when lifted too high, and being in a seated position makes it even harder. But thank the Lord, I am able to get around in my chair and am not bed bound.
    I have fallen 3 times in the last year but just needed to be helped up.
    We will be waiting to hear more of your progress, sending love and hugs, Betty emoticon emoticon (you & Eric)
    2686 days ago
    it's one step at a time!!!!! You did it emoticon so darn proud of you!!!! emoticon you keep doing this one day at a time, one step at a time, this is a HUGE accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon and many many emoticon emoticon
    2689 days ago
    Sorry, have to laugh @ the mental picture of your DH buzzing around you clearing your path of those treacherous blades of grass. I think that really is sweet.

    Ok, seriously though, good job! You did what you set out to do and know you'll do better each day. THAT'S what it's all about.

    HUGs and keep pushing.
    2690 days ago
    That walk was an excursion for sure, even though it was only to the mail box. Remember when you could not walk alone for two steps? You have come a long way. I am proud of you and how far you have come! We will get back to our old ways again and I am happy it is coming along as it is. I miss our time! NO, I never thought Nellie, the pet goat or cow. You reminded me of a little pony trying to trot down that driveway.
    2690 days ago
    Yay!! I know the feeling 6 yrs ago I had operations and could only walk 2 down 2 houses and back now I do 1/2 mile Leslie Sansone walking DVD I wish I could do more but it's a little aerobic and without going into to much detail I'll probably won't be able to do much more than that. But getting back to you emoticon emoticon
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