Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Starting Physical Therapy


Just a quick note to let you know that I have been cleared for physical therapy by my Rheumatologist; first day is tomorrow!  I'll be working with the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Now that the MRI's show that my legs are better and that my arms are close behind; I'm ready to build back strength at a more aggressive rate.  Since the disease is in a "retreat" state, this is the perfect time to begin building back up the muscle tissue that was damaged and/or killed.  The disease does whatever the hell it wants, but having more strength will help me to face flares as they might present themselves in the future.

How I have been feeling and what the recent MRI confirmed: I have been able to walk quickly up the stairs without pain and without muscle fatigue.  My arms still get that "exhausted" feeling, but not nearly as bad as it was just a month ago.  It's truly amazing.  Today I held my girlfriends baby for about 5 minutes and didn't even bat an eye.

Although I still flare up, the days in between continue to increase and my attitude is right behind it, which is worth more than you know.  I'm pretty pumped for PT.  To me it's another big step in getting back to my old life.  

I'll keep you posted on how it goes tomorrow!

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