It is such a blessing to get around on your own two feet. I have learned that handicap access is crucial. Since I’ve been getting around in a wheelchair, I have become so aware of the smoothest, stairless route. A stroke just zaps all of your energy, but its coming back, slowly. Today I put on a harness to walk hanging from a track on the ceiling. It reminded me of the baby jumpers that hang from the doorframe. They moved my right foot for me as I walked two laps. At the end, they said, “Just hang there” while they got my chair. So I swung around for giggles! Even though it sounds fun, like Lagoon, it was super hard! But I know it is another step in my journey. (Haha, that’s a pun!) Next time you walk out your door, think of how you need to appreciate being upright, on your feet! And your ease in being mobile. Thank your maker for that blessing, with every step you take. (Newsie kick!)
Lucky Blessing Challenge #24- A Lucky Blessing is Exercise.
I bet with that title, I lost half of you. But please stay with me here. I started out at the beginning of the stroke barely able to move. I remember struggling to touch my forehead, and Darin said (cause I don’t remember) when they put me in a standing frame and stood me up that I passed out! So uh, yeah, I’ve come a long way. I stand alone (with a lot of effort,) and walk with help! (See the video, it’s there.) I was doing 3 hours a day, now its about an hour a day. I am getting better because I do something everyday (which wipes me out!) Bit by bit, and baby step by baby step (Darin calls them caterpillar steps) I progress. I gotta move, or I will go backwards and atrophy.
You are blessed with sound bodies (yeah they might ache a little,) but you can walk and move around. Take a walk (or walk the dog.) Play a game with the kids. Do something cardio in front of the TV. Just stand up and sit down over and over. Go up and down stairs a bunch of times. No excuses. (Take an Aleve!) If I can do it, so can you. I used to be an anti-exercise person (oh, I’m too busy and too tired,) but you need to make it a priority. You’ll feel better, and as a side effect the endorphins will make you perk up. And as a main effect you’ll look and feel better. (No guilt!) The Lord wants to see you healthy and happy. It doesn’t have to be hard. Give it a shot. “Let’s get physical…”
Who loves sit-ups? (Cricket noises) Neither do I. But it is a necessary evil. I would highly enjoy parting with my well-earned gut. (Laying around after the stroke for almost eight months, endless shots and giving birth to six kids will give you that!) I need to strengthen my core again. I asked if crunches or full sit-ups were more beneficial. They told me that they are essentially the same. They want me to do a full sit-up, because I am doing double duty as I pull going back. I try not to engage my arm, and make abs do the majority of the work. The point of doing this!) It is seriously a difficult exercise. (I got my shirt all sweaty.)
Speaking of t-shirt, I had this shirt made after a line we started saying. “No rest for the wicked, WICKED WALKER!” They called me a wicked walker. I am sure its just motivational. I am walking now with just a small walker, and a guy moving my right leg. It’s okay, as long as I keep my weight forward. If not, I feel like I’m going to fall backwards. We go about 12 feet then I sit down for a deserved break in a wheelchair that someone trials behind me with. We walk about six times. (Still an exhausting endeavor!) Don’t forget what a blessing you have when you hop up and walk across the room effortlessly. When your body forgets how, it’s much more of a production!