HI guys! Here I am at around 12 weeks. I have been quiet because I have not been sure I was getting much better. But guess what? I can walk better! Measurable coming next
Rica said on her thread: "My well-being is at a new level, enhanced by a particularly vivid dream of running. "
Well Rica I have this dream too! I think I had this dream because I went to the gym yesterday and I worked out for 20 minutes on the elipse, my old standby normal time. After I got done though I could STILL walk OK and I could lift up my weak leg 2 -3 inches!! Olden days it could lift only 1/2 inch just barely enough to clear the floor after the elipse. (I fell about 5 weeks ago and my knee-my GOOD knee- is still hurting
)I could not believe it as I walked out of the gym. I had this unreal sense that it could not be happening-I was walking fairly well meaning that my foot cleared the ground every time with every step! I carried out my bag and did not hang on either! I had noticed lately a little less struggle walking in general but I was not certain. I've been so tired and weak I have not been to the gym in weeks. NAC is really a strong treatment for me. But the gym is my measurable thing and I am due to get back into the workouts so I went. I've done the elipse at the gym for years.
just to make sure I was not fooling myself I stopped at the grocery and shopped. I walked OK ish there also, foot clearing the ground. I even, just for fun, went back to the produce department again after going to bread when I realized I wanted a tomato. Olden days a forgotten item stays forgotten. NO energy to renavigate the store for something like that.
Then I drove home. My leg switched pretty easily from brake to gas, and I unloaded the car when I got home and my bad leg cleared the step into the house and only barely caught the lip. Did I collapse into an exhausted heap? NO I cooked dinner and did a load of laundry. My sweet husband THEN invited me out to see the full moon on the beach with our doggie (border collie) and I was thrilled to say, unrestrained, Yes! I'd love it and I <i>really meant it too</i>. I was not inside my head going "oh no! I'm tired but he should be able to have his wife go along once in a while, I'd best go..." then grit my teeth and paste on a smile and wait for it to end so I can rest as I might have in the past.
Ok, so my life is different now. These changes are subtle and hard to notice unless you are looking closely. If I'd not bothered to measure how high my leg could lift after the gym, I'd not know now that it goes an inch and a half higher now. I'd just be thinking gee, I seem a little better. And I have not had flagyl yet.!! Bless every one of you who are mentoring and helping those of us behind with your encouraging words!
I encourage anyone starting out to measure things they can think of in their life so they can see when they do better. The changes are gradual and subtle. IT's hard to know, and if you are worried about fooling yourself you'll doubt it all the time. Do yourself a favor and make a journal entry telling yourself how you do. You'll forget if not.
Blessings to everyone! What a great club!