Some periods I was able to be more active... During the summer I spent time by the pool, and during the holidays I had more going on, which was nice. At the end of January though it all caught up with me when I got the c diff. So these last 7 weeks I spent completely confined to bed.. Or more than I used to. And I'm really feeling the effects of that now! I get exhausted and think my heart will thump out of my chest when I walk down the hall & back. A trip downstairs is full exhaustion, and a walk outside has me knocked out the entire rest of the day. Basically, my muscles have started to degenerate and I didn't even realize it!
It seems like an obvious thing that being bedridden I would need to work out some. It was always an after thought. I did do some exercises in bed (minimal) but I never consistently stuck with it. It wasn't a priority how it should have been. Often it was because I had such a low body weight and I worried that exercise would be counter-acting.
Upon doing research I realized just how harmful being bedridden is to your muscles and joints. I was floored when I read what was going on inside my body every day I was inactive. I pull muscles often just from certain movements & now it makes sense why. Also, I sound like an 80 year old woman! I will admit I've always been lazy, but this is a whole new low.
Standing is a challenge. After about 3 minutes standing still I'm ready to sit down. Completely unacceptable!
I did a lot of reading on some PT exercises you can do, even if you are very immobile or ill. It has 3 stages you go in depending on your illness or disability. I wanted to share it on here if anyone else is in the same boat. http://www.cancersupportivecare.com/exercises.html
I am hoping to work on these slowly daily. I've been walking the last few days about 10 minutes a day, forcing myself even when I wanted to quit. And boy have I paid for it afterwards. I've felt terrible lately and I accepted that's how it will be until I rebuild some muscle and stretch my joints.
I think people take for granted having the energy every day to walk around, shower, or other simple things. I know when I was pretty sick but I could still do those things I certainly took it for granted. In that moment I thought it was the worst it could ever be. But realizing the small things are so important has given me a new appreciation. That's why I always say that things can ALWAYS be worse, and you have to find the silver lining in every day.
Right now I'm thankful I found the problem and am able to work towards bettering myself! This was also incredibly long, so I apologize for the rambling! Hopefully this is helpful to someone else :)