I decided to post again every other day for quick updates. I know my last two posts have been chock full of positive news. I'm still feelin' it but for fellow MS'rs, I wanted to keep it going. You see running (it's kind of funny to call it that, I'll make a video once I borrow a camera) sounds impressive, and from where I was a year ago, it is. But the caveat here is it needs to stick. In other words, running a 1/4 mile one time and then not being able to run again for a week is not what we're after here. With MS, everything is a test; everything. Did getting up from that chair make me dizzier than yesterday? Did walking down the hall at work make my eyes go foggy yesterday? You are always on the lookout for things to get worse so you can go get 'roids, or you are looking for things to get better which means maybe you're stabilizing.
Well now after the procedure, I'm also looking for improvement. So running Sunday means I have to try and go at least as far as I did then on Tuesday and keep it up every other day. If this happens, I'll put a notch in my own belt. Well I did run the same 'course' again today plus about 100 extra strides. I actually could've kept going muscle wise, but my feet weren't coming off the ground very far and I thought I better stop less I fall. When you're foot is scraping the sole on the stride bringing your foot from back to front, that's a sign you need to start lifting your feet higher if you can. Well I'm not coordinated enough to do any high stepping, so I walked about another 1/4 mile and then did 10 sit ups and 10 push ups and 10 jumping jacks.
The report after just one tiny, little run on Sunday? Sore legs and ass for starters! BUT, and this was huge for me, my dizziness was basically gone all day Monday and today. That's what I'm talkin' about. That's what used to work, and it worked again despite not getting all hot and sweaty.
So I'll post for a while every other day. It's hugely significant if I can keep this up. Hugely. I would start to exercise last year, and I just couldn't maintain any of it. It was just too hard and too depressing to just keep failing on doing such strenuous things as, oh, a few deep knee bends. I'm definitely past that point so I think I can say I'm most definitely at a better baseline. I'm not healed or not "MSy" by any stretch, but being able to string two exercise sessions with my lower body together is just awesome for me. I hate to say it, but it is sort of a panacea for what ailes me. Anything that can take dizziness away and doesn't say "Antivert" on the bottle is A-Ok by me. That antivert sucks. Sure you might not be dizzy, but what good is that when you can't keep your flippin' eyes open? So I'm off to make dinner (we're having Chinese takeout, mmmmmm) LOL! I'll post again on Thursday whether I could do it or not. And I do know someone with a Flip camera, so a video of me running will be on here soon. It ain't pretty, but hey, I'm OK with that if I can keep it up and keep the dizzy monster away.