Well that was fun!!
Actually it was quite a good day, though I think I might be paying for it tomorrow
It was only 9am-1pm today, but we managed to pack a lot into it
On arrival we were greeted by the bright & breezy physiotherapist, who took us up to our room (whoever heard of a bunch of disabled people being taken up to the third floor??)
Once we got into the room we all looked apprehensive, as there was gym equipment around, and on the wall were sheets of paper announcing WALL SQUATS; WALK; ARM RAISES; STEP UPS; WALL PRESS UPS; GYM BALL; MARCHING ON SPOT; and a few others. I felt like going home. My arms don't work and haven't for 5 years. Physio's always seem to think I need the 'right' kind of exercise, but I know from experience that they baulk at any kind of exercise, and always give me hell afterwards, so I was rather worried. :-$
So our day began with a brief chat and then on to the exercises. Firstly we had a mat each and did floor exercises, mine weren't very good, especially the push ups as I lay there like a beached whale. The physio told me that if I couldn't push up from my hands, then do it from my forearms - Nope, not a good idea, so she said not to worry and just raise my head - OK that was easy enough, but took a good deal of effort to get up again. We then did a few gentle standing exercises (Yoga type, as we did on Monday).
Then mats away and we each had to take up a place at one of the points, where we had to carry out the exercise posted on the wall, using whatever equipment was provided there. I immediately headed for the step up, as I can manage that up, down, up, down. Only a minute at each point, but a minute can seem sooo long when you are unfit and out of condition.
I discovered I have very good balance as I managed to balance on the wobble ball, and toss a ball in the air at the same time. I also managed not to lose centre of gravity on the gym ball. Though anyone thinking me a smart ar$e soon discovered otherwise when I got to the wall press ups, I did two and spent the remainder of the minute with my head on the wall, and hands by my side. The arm raises were none existent and when asked to pick the dumb bells up, I dropped even the lightest ones every time I tried, oh hum. I tried the wall squats, back to the wall and down I went - alas I couldn't get back up again and ended up on my bum on the floor.
Finally it was 11am and we could escape for a short break, we had to be rounded up to return 15 minutes later as we weren't in any hurry to return
We had psychology next where we discussed the link between chronic pain and stress, and the fact that due to the pain we are already at heightened stress levels, so doesn't take much to tip us over the edge, so we will in the coming weeks learn how to address that, and learn progressive muscle relaxation. We learned about breathing from the diaphragm, and the best bit- relaxation.
Unfortunately there was only time for ten minutes, but it was very therapeutic. I rather think that tomorrow I will be paying for this morning's physio session. She advised a warm bath - ha ha would be good if I could even get in a bath, as for getting out again......................
Looking ahead to Monday I can see THREE HOURS of physio on arrival, though half of that seems to be learning about pacing. The afternoon schedule includes an introduction to CBT, and Mindfulness, discussing the role of negative thinking in chronic pain.
The timetable I have been given only gives details for four weeks, and not the 6 I had originally been told, so unless anything else is to follow, it might only be a four week course.
There seems to be a swimming session scheduled for next Friday for 90 minutes, but then there is only 15 minutes allowed for getting rinsed, dried, dressed and having a tea break before the psychology begins, which of course is impossible.
So that is the first week over with. I do hope the information is helpful to those of you with appointments coming up for similar courses.
Again if people are interested enough, I am happy to give a review of the next session on Monday.
Got to go cook now, then heading to the settee for the rest of the evening