Thursday, January 04, 2007
I'm always on the lookout for some clear mark of improvement in my condition. The process of recovery has been so slow that I sometimes get discouraged thinking more about what I can't do than what I can do now but couldn't before.
Last night, though, gave me the chance to note some real improvement. The last time we went swimming, back in November, I couldn't do very much. It was a good re-introduction to the water but my efforts were fatigued, tentative and weak. I thought I was in for more of the same last night. I got into the pool and immediately the water pressure set off a bout with spasticity. It felt like my legs were a big, wet towel being wrung out. I was able to release some of this tension, though, and did some walking in the shallow end. Then I realized that with the buoyancy of standing in chest high water I might be light enough to get up on my toes. It worked. Judging by a recent measure of the strength in my feet, I'd say I weigh about 50 lbs when standing in water that deep.
I had all but forgotten about the ability to rise up on my toes. (The other night I had to ask Lisa if it was possible to do this on one foot-- I honestly couldn't remember) Anyway, I was so excited by this discovery, I repeated it over and over again until I overworked my calf muscles and couldn't go on.
So... now I've got a new goal. I just need to slim down until I weigh about 45 or 50 lbs. and all my problems will be solved. Anybody have any good diet tips?