You know the old folk warning that if you throw a frog in a bowling water he will quickly jump out but if you put a frog in a pan of cold water and raise the temperature ever so slowly, the gradual warming will make the frog doze happily… in fact the frog will eventually cook to death without even waking up.
It happened gradually… my muscles had become so spastic for such a long time I didn’t recognize that my tendons, ligaments and muscles were actually shortening.
The prolonged spasticity really was a flair and with it came added fatigue. Those of us with MS understand that MS fatigue is different than non-MS fatigue. I allowed myself to cut back on my daily exercise.
I went for 3 weeks without doing my assigned physical therapy because of the fatigue. I still rode my stationary bike, stretched with my stretching machine and did my modified pushups but that was all.
My assigned physical therapy exercises are almost embarrassingly simple, things like “sit up straight”, “sit-to stand”, and stretch a rubber band with my fingers.
As it turned out, I got weaker and weaker, not able to sit up straight or stand even long enough to brush my teeth.
Wednesday, when I heard myself say, “I’m doing everything…” I realized that I wasn’t doing everything…
Now, in order to combat the fatigue, I upped my 20 minute cat-naps to 3 times a day or however many are needed, and I’m back to devoting an hour a day to physical therapy, and in only three days I’m able to sit up straighter and stand to brush my teeth.
I will give it my best to nap regularly so I have the energy to do the exercises, use the stretching machine and stationary bike and next month I’ll find someone to video me actually walking.