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Marilee J. Layman

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07:57 pm: Treadmill Walking!
Okay, sidestepping at the slowest it goes, but it's the first time I've ever been on a treadmill. I got lots of exercise outdoors before I got sick and this is the first time someone pointed me at a treadmill.

I took recycling out on the way to PT. The therapist was pleased with two of the exercises (I'd added reps myself) and made one more difficult, but the balance one was still off. So I got three more:

1. Feet exactly together, arms crossed over chest, eyes closed. Try not to fall (do in front of wall).

2. Heel-toe back and forth, do in hallway in case of wobbling.

3. Walk sideways on the treadmill as slow as it will go. I had to lean way forward to step up, but that turned out okay and then I faced to the left and side-stepped for a minute. I was frazzled after that and I realized it was because I was too far from the side handle that I needed to hang on to -- I was leaning over while I did it. So I moved as close as I could (occasionally putting a toe on the non-moving part) and that worked better, but it was my right shoulder that hurt, not the legs or balance. Clearly, I can't do this at home.

I felt fine when I left there, but am slightly sore here at home. I may need a nap.

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Date:November 21st, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I like your therapist more and more the more you write about her. She really sounds good to me. And so do your exercises. They will leave you sore for starters but in the long run it'll all help. And you are so much more disciplined than I am.
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Date:November 21st, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Yes, I think I'm very lucky to have gotten her. I don't know that I'm more disciplined, I think it's that these will make a big difference for me in how I walk and get around.
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