I WILL Walk in the Sand
MS Awareness Month 2021, Day 30
I’ve mentioned the word goals several times this month and it got me thinking. I’ve worked hard at physical therapy and in-home exercises since March 1 without giving much thought to a personal physical goal.
I now have a goal. In September I am going to the beach with a group of friends. I don’t really care for the beach anymore, but I love my friends and am hoping I won't end up being a party pooper because of the heat and/or my inability to walk well. They assure me this will not be the case and that I’ll be set up on the water’s edge in a beach chair and umbrella, personal cooler, and coconut drink. If incontinence becomes an issue, I can just pee in my seat and no one will be the wiser. (Too much info? Sorry, not sorry. that’s my reality.) If the heat gets to be too much someone will carry or roll me to across the sand to the elevator in our HUGE beach house. What I do once there is up to me, I guess.
I have no problem camping out on the wrap-around porch in the shade with a book and a direct view of the ocean; but, I am determined to walk on the sand at least one time during the week-long stay. To do that I know I have a lot of work to do between now and September.
My goal is to walk in the sand with NO artificial assistance: eg. cane, walker, or AFO.
At this time I stretch and perform strengthening exercises every day, but I don’t have a lot of faith in my drop foot improving to the point where this is going to be an option.
What kinds of movement training do you do? I’d love to hear from my fellow warriors.
Talk to me,
Lisa, Lady With the Cane