I'm Naturally Becoming More Active
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
As my back (L3 vertebrae) continues healing I am very slowly increasing my activity. I'm not just talking about my twice weekly Silver Sneakers classes. What has surprised me is the lowest average of steps is over 3400 steps, with several in the mid to high 8000s! This has happened naturally - without me actually forcing it. That is what my doctors and therapists wanted to happen. Sometimes the number of steps may be higher than what is registered on my FitBit due to my use of a walker. I only allow a slight adjustment, when I know that I've walked for an hour or more. Physically, I am starting to be able to judge distance by a combination of time and fatigue.
This morning, our Silver Sneakers teacher had us try to complete 100 squats over the course of the class. Because of the increase in my daily activity and a small walk before class, I really found this to be a challenge. I would say that I completed about maybe 75 squats. When I found myself really struggling, I stopped and did an alternative exercise. I can see that I need to do more leg weights at home to keep my quads in better shape. That's okay. I can do that. I have a home therapy program for a reason. I am also noticing that my upper body strength is improving slowly without pain. (A huge plus for me.)
The only downside (other than being jealous that Slenderella61 could do all 100 squats with no problem) is that I still experience numbness, tingling and pain from my failed radio frequency ablation. I usually don't feel the pain too much until after I'm finished exercising. It has been 110 days since the procedure (but who's counting - right?). That's roughly a shade under 16 weeks. When I looked up the kind of nerve irritation that I have, it said the span of healing time for my condition is between 6 and 18 months. Why I looked it up is beyond me. I guess I was hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel - instead I feel like I mentally tortured myself instead. LOL. It certainly explains the looks I have gotten from 3 doctors (2 neurologists and one internal medicine doctor) after they examined the affected area of my head.
I've decided that I will be optimistic that my healing time will be on the side of 6 months. There really is no point in looking at the downside at this point in time. I now know the reality of my situation and have accepted it. Time to move on. What I will focus on, is my astounding progress with strengthening my body after three major surgeries and three falls with injuries. It blows my mind what my body is capable of doing. Imagine that my body has healed from 6 traumas in 3 years (and some with complications). And....since the end of February, I have managed to lose at least 26 pounds and gain range of motion, muscle strength and joint stability! The body is a wondrous machine and I am blessed!