Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

Good stretch feels so good

Getting straight out of bed and immediately walking into the bathroom, don’t make me laugh :-). Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles.

What did I do in my sleep?

Was I racing Mo Farah last night or was it just a nightmare? Whatever it was, it has left my muscles scrunched up. An overused elastic band would be of more use than my calf muscles.

Whether I wake up feeling as happy as Piglet or somber as Eeyore my legs are as much use as a chocolate coffee pot. Somehow every morning I must swing my legs out of bed and try to put my feet on the carpet.

Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

This all starts when I am lying in bed and try to stretch my legsI can do very little with my left foot because of terrible foot-drop, sometimes the leg will give a sympathetic twitch. The calf muscles in my right leg then come out in sympathy and I have cramp. This gets me on my feet quick sharp but only for a couple of seconds then I slump back onto the bed.

Eventually I swing both legs out from under the warm duvet.

The toes and heel of my right foot are flat on the carpet straight away. Not so easy with the left foot. Is it cramp or spasm? Putting my left foot on the carpet starts with my toes.

Gently I must persuade my left heel to touch the carpet. Actually there’s nothing gentle about it; the only way is to stand up, put my weight through my left leg.

Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

Stretch those muscles

Getting out of bed

It was so easy 15 years ago. I didn’t give it a moment’s thought, I just got out of bed. Okay I’m 62 so I should find it a bit harder. It’s that other pesky little friend of mine, that disabling illness.

Touching the carpet

Now I’m sitting on the bed, both feet flat on the carpet.

I must bend over and touch the carpet with my fists. As I bend forward the left foot involuntarily twitches and skids backwards. I sit up and lift my left leg into the correct position and do it again. Getting better, it only slips backward a couple of inches. By the third attempt it behaves.

The next ritual

I stand up and put both hands on the chest of drawers. Lift both heels off the ground then lower them so my feet are flat onto the floor. Immediately my left knee hyper-extends so I cannot lower my left heel onto the ground. Leg muscles do protest too much. By the tenth time everything is behaving.

There is a chest of drawers next to the bed

With some difficulty I now manage to arrange the soles of both my feet pressing onto the chest while I sit on the bed. Now I gently try to touch my ankles ten times. I never thought I would need to do this.

Time for action

Now I can shuffle into the bathroom using my two wheeled walker to keep me upright.

Another day starts with a series of little victories over a gift from multiple sclerosis

September 2017

6 responses to “Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles”

  1. Miles says:

    Hi Patrick. Great to see you and to finally get to chat last Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed the evening. I’m still recovering but what a fantastic night! I drove to London and back in a day on Sunday to pick the remaining photos up which has left me worn out, achy and crampy but it was well worth it. I sold 14 pictures in the end which is great. Between us we raised over £10,000 for the MND Association. Hope to see you again. Miles

    • Hello Miles,

      I’m pleased the whole thing was so successful. Sunday must have been one hell of a long day, not surprised you were left feeling the worst for wear. It was exciting to see so many people there, a fantastic buzz and I’m so pleased that you sold so many pictures.
      I’m still using the camera in my phone to take pictures. Good ones end up on Twitter. I will eventually get a better camera but other things seem to get in the way

  2. Richard Leakey says:

    I’m Planning ( in my mind) to do naked what the naked young lady is doing in your note. It may hurt my fingers though! One can imagine that once in that position one would stay that way for ever! The mind boggles.

  3. Jane Ambrose says:

    Sounds familiar!
    But think yourself lucky – I have to put on my orthotic to get to the bathroom so for a lie in I have to use my plastic urinal, not easy when you are female, but saves a lot of peed on pj’s!
    Well done for the 1K!

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