Fighting for a lifestyle
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
When I get up in the morning my hips hurt. When I climb the stairs to my room to get a shower, shave, and get dressed, each step up is a challenge. But as the day unfolds, everything gets easier. Stair climbing becomes almost automatic. Bending over to pick up something from the floor becomes easily managed, if not the unconscious act it used to be. Sometimes these morning improvements come after I've taken some Tylenol. Sometimes I forget to take the Tylenol. It doesn't seem to make much difference.
This has been going on for months. Today I tried something new, which seemed to help a bit. Even before getting out of bed I stretched muscles around the hip joints. I found the stair climb a bit easier. I'm doing hip and core strengthening exercises when they don't hurt, and I'm using portion control, primarily, to keep my weight at 160# heading for 155.
I don't know if I can regain my former, pain free, able to do anything type of life. Of course I was never able to do everything. I've never been athletic. But I have enjoyed bicycling and hiking. Today bicycling seems OK. Walking around the neighborhood is OK too. Yesterday, my phone tells me, I walked about a mile with my wife simply to enjoy being outdoors. On Sunday I walked about 2.5 miles in the neighborhood and rode my bike about 3 miles round trip to church. I'm not immobile. But moving about now requires dedication to the task, and it's becoming easier to find an excuse to omit it.
So I'm fighting to be physically fit, fully mobile, and car independent. Sounds like a Spark kind of thing. I'm enlisting my medical advisers in this effort and, from time to time, I try to check how I'm doing. It's Spring. It's getting warmer. I love being outdoors and want to move in that direction.