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A site with style

So today we went to see my sister in-law’s farm in Derbyshire. It is set in lovely English countryside.

We decided to go for a bit of a walk around the farm as it’s the first time we had been there. As stated in previous posts I have had a lot of trouble with my right knee, so I am still a bit unsure of how I would go.

One of the things we had to do was climb over a couple of stiles. It brought back a memory of just prior to my diagnosis. We had gone for a walk in the country to a walk we have done several times. We came to a stile and to my surprise, I really struggled to be able to get myself up on the first step of the stile. This had surprised me as I had never had any trouble previously. Coupled with some other symptoms, I had a strong feeling that I needed to see my doctor and ask to be referred to a Neurologist. That next week I saw my GP and – somewhat reluctantly – was referred to my chosen Neurologist. Things moved quickly from there and soon after I was diagnosed.

So walking today, when I came to the stile I had a moment of doubt that I would be able to get over. Because of my recent lack of exercise and the weakness in my right knee I was naturally a bit apprehensive.

It was a bit of an effort to haul myself up and over. Getting myself onto the first step was quite an effort but I managed to do it. I have also had trouble bending my right knee or lifting my leg, but today I’m pleased to say that I managed to lift my right leg over the stile. It was certainly a bit more difficult than it was in the past but I’m pleased to say I did it.

Another factor was the fact that I had not had my midday meds. While I am often late in taking them with little perceived effect, I think perhaps it might have helped me in getting over that stile.

Lessons learned today.

  1. Make a note of when I start to tire, so I know what I will manage and be safe and able to get back.
  2. Ensure I have my meds before doing any extended exercise so I am able to function at a level that I need to for walking/tramping safely.
  3. Try to do what I can and push myself to do things that might stretch me on this holiday.
  4. If I’ve overdone it a bit, there’s always painkillers.

So, I’m pleased to say I managed the stile with style. Not everyone’s idea of style, but I’m pleased with what I was able to manage.

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