Saturday, 7 April 2018

Flare Ongoing

Image: Sad dog, with toy crocodile leaning over arm of lounge.
My dog, missing out on her walk.
I'm still struggling with that flare that came up after my trip to my brother's funeral, but I'm slowly seeing signs of things improving.

There are signs of hope.  A couple of times, I've managed my morning walk with my dog.  That's the basis of the exercise program I was working on with the exercise physiologist before this flare started.

The whole program was the ten minute walk every morning, tai chi on two days per week, hydrotherapy once per week, and some strength exercises with an exercise band on the same days as the extra exercise.

Using the morning walk as a basis for the exercise program is a great idea, because I have someone to go with who really misses it when I can't go.  She's my incentive when I just don't feel like a walk.  I have to be really sick to disappoint her.

Image: dog, lying on her back with her legs up in the air, with toy crocodile also on its back with legs in the air.
My dog, after a walk.
So far, each time I've had a morning walk, I've been unable to do it again the next day, but one walk is better than no walk.

Eventually, I will be able have a walk every morning again, then I can start to introduce the rest of my exercise program - slowly, one part at a time, just the same way I did it last time around.

One of the ongoing frustrations of life with lupus is having to establish the "normal" routine over again each time a flare passes.

2 comments:

  1. After every major flare, I have to begin again. Last flare was in November-pericarditis and costochondritis. Like you, I began again by doing a 10 minute walk every other day. I love how you say, one walk is better than no walk.

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    1. Hi Linda, that beginning again is frustrating, I'm glad you were able to do it.

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