I never got round to posting my weekly update last week so here is the update of the last fortnight.
It’s been quite a busy one with appointments but I am enjoying having a bit more of a routine with my regular weekly appointments – physio, pilates, counseling, yoga, swimming.
Positives of the week:
- BACK: My physio this week said that he is (finally) seeing an improvement in my back. It’s still in a pretty messed up state but it’s very reassuring to hear that my daily physio and swimming is starting to pay off. I am noticing improvement with my back too – I can really see that I am able to do so much more for a longer period of time – walking/standing/sitting. Just need to get my shoulder and heel on the right track too!
- PINK MUMMY: This week my physio has been trying out a new technique for my shoulder and heel injuries – he’s taped me up using pink tape! Next week he might even try taping my back too, I really will look like a pink mummy then! It seems to have helped my heel a lot, unfortunately it doesn’t last too long as I am swimming every day. Hopefully we have found something that is going to allow my heel to improve as it has been really causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
- COCKTAILS: Last night was a major milestone! I went out for the first time post Regina! It wasn’t exactly a wild one but it felt good to have ticked another thing off and know that I am able to do that now. It was a really nice evening with Laura, Charlotte and a couple of Elderflower cocktails!
- MIGRAINE TRIGGERS: One of the affects of my head injury has meant that I now suffer from severe migraines, something I had never had before. It seems that whilst my back is improving, my migraines are becoming more frequent. However, I am learning slowly what triggers them and also how to manage them. Obviously, I really really wish I didn’t get them at all, they are so horrific and I’m unable to do anything when I get one but the fact I’m learning about what can cause one means that hopefully over time I will get less of them. It seems that ‘exhaustion’ is triggering them and it doesn’t take much for me to ‘get exhausted’ at the moment. It’s rather frustrating as I am physically more able now to do a little bit more but then my head doesn’t like me doing too much, so it’s a matter of finding the right balance of level of activity I can do without causing a migraine.
- SWIMMING RACES: I’m feeling quite smug as I write this as I swam 36 lengths of front crawl yesterday. It’s such a good feeling, now that I am able to do a decent amount of lengths in the pool and actually feel like I’ve worked my muscles. Yesterday’s swim was extra fun as I noticed I was swimming faster than a guy in the pool. I decided to set myself a challenge and have a few races with him – I won every time. He was totally unaware we were even having ‘races’ but it felt good to know I’m not as weak as I thought I was and although I’m far from the level of fitness I had pre Regina, it’s a great feeling to know I can beat a man swimming!
Aim for next week:
To continue increasing my stamina and level of activity.
This week I am hoping for less pain and hopefully that will mean I wont require any pain killers. Last week I had to resort to painkillers for my shoulder and for my migraine. I really hate taking them as they make me feel so awful but when the pain gets so unbearable, I have to resort to them again. Fingers crossed for no painkillers this week!
I am also going to work hard at my swimming, yoga and pilates as I am so determined to increase my fitness and strength over the next couple of weeks.
Hope you have all had a good week and thank you for reading my blog.
Lots of love from