Saturday, November 26, 2016

Get Up, Stand Up . . .. . .


I am now on my own for therapy -- there being no more goals that the PT or OT folks can help me accomplish  until my ankle is weight bearing. 


Which doesn't mean I'm free to read all day long -- no, I have
been tasked with pages of exercises designed to strengthen my legs in preparation for walking again and to improve the range of motion in my shoulder as it recovers from being dislocated.


So four times a day (before breakfast, before lunch, midafternoon, and after supper)  I'm lying or sitting in bed, doing isometric strengthening things or gripping either end of a reacher (not the Lee Child type) to assist the weak arm to move higher and higher or kicking out with my legs or marching  in place. Sometimes I have reggae music on my laptop to help me. Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" is my theme song.

I've never been good at routine exercise, more's the pity, but with the goal of walking (and going Home) in sight, I am dedicated. 

And the bonus is that exercise is a mood lifter, possibly
because of endorphins released. Or serotonin or norepinephrin or fairy dust (See HERE for article.)

 While there are mornings (particularly since the election) when I think I might just pull the covers over my head and refuse to deal with reality,  once I start exercising and feel the blood circulating, suddenly things seem less hopeless.

Let's hear it for those neurotransmitters!


11 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

So, can you go home soon?

Vicki Lane said...

I won't know till Monday . . .

jennyfreckles said...

Yay! You're getting there, well done!

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Here's hoping you will get your release come Monday.

Frances said...

Reggae is powerful! Another of my favorite tunes is Max Romeo's Chase the Devil. If you don't know it, try it. Very uplifting with droll humor throughout.

Overnight the news of Fidel Castro's death has taken the media away from the President Elect. Soon we will no doubt be hearing about plans for Trump Hotels in Cuba. xo

Carol Crump Bryner said...

You go girl!! Time to get out of that place and head home. Keep flexing those muscles and pumping up that fairy dust.

Stella Jones said...

Keep smiling Vicki. I too have to do regular exercises for my back pain and I hate doing it! Some of us just aren't born to exercise? I wish I was like DJan and enjoyed it, but I don't. You have a goal, I really hope you reach it soon! You've done very well so far.

Sandra Parshall said...

It's amazing what exercise can accomplish. You must continue when you go home. Good luck on Monday!

katy gilmore said...

xo - keep it up!

Jim Egerton said...

You are on your way! For a change of tune trip BOOGIE UOOGIE song by THE TASTE OF HONEY. A Disco song from the 70's. If that don't groove your moves then back to Marley.

Darla said...

Hip-hip-hooray! I'm not an exercise-person either, but keep that goal in the forefront!