I have been having a battle this year. Increased time in my bed coupled with a strange kind of pelvic/hip/leg pain have meant my mobility is significantly reduced. Intestinal Dysmotility complicates things further. You can read about the battle here. Like most things, I have been tackling it at snail’s pace. There’s the problem of having a cast-iron appetite (seriously. I don’t know why that is. I spend most of every day nauseated but my love for food even surpasses that!) And then there is the issue of dizzyness when I am upright. I spend my upright time on the essentials related to my kids and family. It’s exhausting. Riding my bike, which was possible even last summer, is out of reach for me now.
I saw my local doctor last week. She was concerned about the way things are. More time in bed means less time weight bearing. That means lower bone density and muscle wastage, further reducing mobility. Less time moving means even my significantly reduced food intake, is still providing me with too many calories for my metabolism to burn off. It’s a travesty that these tapping fingers can’t be my exercise, they work hard enough for all of me! Except, apparently, that’s not an effective method. So I need exercise that I can DO, for my whole body. Recumbent preferably. Designed for me and for my specific needs. My doctor suggested our local Rehabilitation Trust.
So yesterday I had a brilliant chat with Lynette. She’s a clinical physiotherapist there. Next week she is going to meet me in their gymnasium to do an assessment. We are going to come up with a plan. I am already impressed with her. I told her I had problems with my autonomic nervous system and she said “hydrotherapy might not be an option for you then. Is temperature an issue?” Oh my! I love a professional who knows about the autonomic nervous system!
I’m cautiously optimistic! Watch this space. 🙂
I thought it would be cute to put Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tryin’ to make me go to Rehab” song on this post. So I searched You Tube. And this band Rehab popped up. I clicked on a few of their songs and I was struck by the amazing variations of their lead singer’s voice, he can go from gravelly jazz tones right into sweet angel. What a beautiful voice. The lyrics are all about drug and alcohol addiction. Mercifully, drugs and alcohol aren’t my problem. But listening to this song reminded me of times in my life when I have been dealing with addiction in people I love. It’s a brilliant song. So even though it’s got nothing to do with the type of rehab I’ve been talking about, I’m posting it. I am a big believer that I should pay attention to what ‘pops up’ in my life. So maybe, this song is for you or someone you love.
A little bit of random musical kismet.
Rehab: I Can’t Catch Up To You.