The signs are in place that I'm getting stronger. I'm able to do more without as much fatigue, yet there are times when I'm exhausted from the smallest things. The pain is controlled, but doing too much brings it back in a hurry.
The focus has changed from healing to rebuilding. We started work on my hips last week, apparently I don't use them and they have become very weak. I learned after one session how right they are. I ached all over and the fatigue was intense. So although I really need these exercises I really need to go slow with them. That's my next project. I will rebuild muscles and strength in my hips and low back.
This week I will be getting results from extended testing for Osteroperosis. I haven't given it much thought, as I have been busy with rehab and all the components of healing. Although we know for sure I have it we didn't know how extensive it is. I'm really hopeful that medication is not the solution. I will really have to think about it if it is recommended.
In two weeks I will finally have testing to see if the bones in my back have fused. I'm excited and a little cautious with that excitement. We all know what happened the last time. A positive attitude can only go so far. I do believe that everything is as it should be with my back this time but we won't know for sure until the results of the cat scan.
I have two weeks to tweak my strength and healing before I see my surgeon. P I'm going to use that time wisely to be the best I can be for that appointment. I feel as sense of responsibility to myself and to him to make every effort to be as strong as I can be.
My walking program was almost derailed by the fresh snow we have been receiving almost daily. With Spring nowhere in site I have taken to the treadmill to continue my walking.
I have walked almost thirty Kms since I started the program on March 23th. That's 19 days ago and it averages about 1.5 Kms a day. That is not counting any walking including shopping and regular chores. I've decided not to count steps but to measure the walking as anytime I actually go for a walk. So it is over and above routine steps. What I have learned from this is interesting, at least to me. I am noticing it is harder for me to walk on a treadmill then outside. I can walk faster and further outside. Unfortunately since the new snowfall I'm not doing much of that. So the treadmill it is. Since I'm keeping track I am less likely to take a day off unless I have a good reason. Writing it down as made me more accountable to myself. I am at the 2.5km mark now but I'm finding it hard to reach that on the treadmill so it may have to wait until next week when I'm hopeful the snow will be gone.
Baby steps and focus has kept me moving ahead. It has been difficult because of the winter but Spring is just around the corner, isn't it?