Hi all hope your all well and having a pain free day if not a little less pain than yesterday.
Tuesday i had my first Aquatone lesson, which i drove to in Birmingham. I could have gone some where nearer but i know the pool so thought it best. It was for 45mins and the water was lovely and warm. There was only nine ladies in total and we were all between late 40's and 50's . There were two other ladies with RA and one who'd had two hip replacements in the last 18months. I think the other ladies were there for just gentle exercise, everyone was really nice including the instructor. Her name was Natasha and she was from Poland, she was very welcoming took the time to find out about my RA as i was new and gave me advise about the exercises we were going to be doing, it was really resistance exercise but very gentle. We did circular movements in the water with our feet and arms and slow walking where by we raised our knees genlty, We also had those long thin floats that we used to support us whilst on our backs to kick our legs in the water. We also used our arms to push the water away from us with the float. There were lots more exercises these were just a few but it was really good.I thoroughly enjoyed it and it didnt hurt at all, everyone was really nice and we all helped each other we are all going again RA permitting me next Tuesday . The only thing i did struggle with was getting dressed afterwards lol!! have you ever tried getting a pair of leggings on after you've been swimming lol. I was sweating conkers and out of puff but eventually got them on and walked out very red faced looking like nora batty with twisted half pulled up leggings on :)) needless to say i wont be wearing them again. I heard the people waiting in the que to go in. saying that Aqua Tone lesson must be good that lady has come out very red faced and looking out of breath lol, if only they knew it was the leggings that did that !!. lol . I think i'll stick to my tracksuit instead next time. My daughter and i laughed our heads off when she saw me, as i popped in to see her on my way home, she did straighten them for me before i went home lol !
On Wednesday i ached all over i dont think this was because i had done to much because i did take it easy, its because i had been so immobilised for 3 months previous i think my muscles had gone to sleep lol. But the instructor did say if i keep going it will not hurt so much as my muscles will get use to being exercised, but will increase my mobility and make my muscles stronger as it tones as well.
I also had my visit on wednesday from the welfare officer to help me fill in my DLA form , he was a lovely middle aged gentleman who was very helpful and caring , he had a son with RA so knew already what RA sufferers go through. He took notes and said he would have the form filled in back at the office he took my hospital letters with him to refer to and said he would drop them back to me when he had finished, He has left me with his card so when i get the decision i can ring him to let him know the outcome so its just a waiting game now, he also said if i get DLA he will get the forms for the blue badge for my car and help me to fill them in too. What a lovely gentleman, and today my daughter coloured and trimmed my hair for me, although i have noticed it is falling out really bad at the moment i think this is due to my thyroid as i have to have an operation on my parathyroids in May to remove nodules from them. So its been nice to have had a few positive days.My pain is moderate at present in my wrists, fingers and neck but my knees are starting to get a bit worse tonight as well as my elbows. But hey some of you are worse than me out at present so i'm just grateful i've been able to get out for a few days. Sorry if i've waffled on a bit but feeling happier than of late and wanted to share it while it lasts.
Soft hugs to everyone. Lena :)) xx P.s it is now three weeks since i last smoked and feeling loads better for it, so glad i stopped.