Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Good News/Bad News

Last week I posted about the weight and health check station at the pharmacy, and how, after the initial weight loss when I stopped taking steroids, it's going to start being work to get my weight under control.

I did another check in today, and it was one of those good news/bad news stories.  The good news is I lost about 5kg last week. The bad news is my overall health score dropped from 3.6 to 2.5.

That happened because my blood pressure and pulse rate had gone up. I can explain that.  Last week I was using my scooter at the shopping centre.  This week, I tried walking.  That's what increased my blood pressure and pulse rate: exercise. With the pain and exhaustion that followed from being on my feet for about two hours doing the weekly shopping and odd jobs, I think next week I'll go back to the scooter. So next week my blood pressure and heart rate will be my resting rate again.

I will keep my exercise to the Lupus Exercise workout a couple of times a week, and a bit of pottering in my garden.

Really, the balancing act between doing enough to care for my health, and over-doing things and making myself sick, is a challenge I struggle with every day. I know other lupies struggle with this too.  It's a tightrope we all have to walk, and the consequences of doing too much or too little can be greater for us than they are for healthy people.

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