So very different now
Taking exercise is very different these days.
My old life
Exercise such as dog walks, running for the bus or going up the stairs two at a time are history; now only a distant memory. The changes to my body did not happen overnight. It all started in the year 2000, several years after my diagnosis. Since then there has been a gradual deterioration in my physical ability. Now I cannot do hard physical exercise. Now I cannot hop, skip or jump. Now I cannot even sweep the floor without fear of falling over.
OK so I am now sixty but I think I’m a young sixty.
The gradual changes to the body
Nobody ever told me how I was going to be affected by this progressive disease. They really did not know and if they had told me I would have ignored them. So I have a progressive disability. It has crept up on me and eventually caught me out. I was unaware of the changes I was going through. It all happened so slowly.
It is only when I look back to this time last year that I can see the progression in the changes. The rate of change is very slow and gradual.
Now I use a rollator for balance
I can distinctly remember the moment when I realized I could no longer run, I tried to fun across a road to pop into an off licence but all I could manage was a briskish walk. At the time I did not appreciate this was the start multiple sclerosis and how it was going to change my life. These days I might exercise by walking 400 or 500 metres with my rollator. That short distance takes me about 20 to 25 minutes Incidentally trying to walk with a stick is a non-starter, I fall over -:(
Tires me out and I get double vision.
When I get back home after the walk I have to rest for a while. I never break into a sweat instead my foot drop becomes very obvious and my thigh muscles protest and ache. If I really overdo my legs don’t do what they are told so I fall over.
Another by-product of this wonderful disease is double vision. Have you ever tried to compose a text on your mobile using only one eye. Go on, try it.
I hope the MS never stops me getting out & about
I have always enjoyed physical exercise. Cycling, badminton and sports at school such as rugby and running were all very therapeutic. Now the exercise is less strenuous. These days it is very different it does not get me any fitter or slimmer. Then as much as now I always feel better for it. Any exercise has been shown to It improve the quality of life.
It certainly makes me feel so much better. I just hope this disease never will never stop me getting out and about.