It’s not what you may think. It’s my bones, not my mind.
I spent three hours in emerg yesterday, waiting to see the Dr. about my x-ray (which was done in about 5 minutes). I did manage to sneak in a little nap while I was waiting – busy spot. This was the first time that I was there for something other than an examination of my urine! The previous night I noticed that my left ankle, foot and toes were very swollen and even a bit bruised. Bill thought it best that I get it x-rayed so off I went.
While waiting I was thinking about what it would be like to have a cast on my foot/ankle, and if it came down to it I was hoping it would be an air-cast or boot. Transfers would be tricky, physio difficult, walking or standing – on hold for the duration? The frustrating thing was that everyone kept asking me if I had hurt it doing something, which, if I could feel it, I would have known and been able to answer!!
In the end, no bones were broken, but the Dr. said that my x-rays (as in my bones) did not look great. I had my bone density done a little while back, but I have not seen the results yet. I guess now I know.
I am not doing enough to protect my body and that means aging with an SCI becomes even more risky than it already is. This is serious.
I had a great visit with my mentor and friend Chris last week. She has spent 30 years living with an SCI. That is a long time. Now, she is aging with an SCI and looking back at how she would, perhaps, do things differently. She could see where I am at in my recovery, and how, like her, I am getting involved in speaking and different types of advocacy. It’s the type of work that takes time to plan, involves meeting people at various different times of the day and makes it difficult to develop a routine. This is where I am at. No routine, especially in regards to fitness.
I have to do more to look after myself. Chris said that if she could go back she would do more to develop a fitness routine and continue with physiotherapy for as long as possible. This is going to take time, and I am going to have to make it happen. Standing is one of the best things I can do – weight bearing on these leg, hip and foot bones is one thing that helps improve bone density – that and nutrition. Hello calcium and Vit D. My friend Shannon has actually improved her bone density from her last scan “just” with exercise and diet.
While all this was going on yesterday I also got news that one of my young Parkwood SCI friends had died from a blood clot. Her accident was one year after mine. We had shared stories about CCTC and our time as inpatients. While in Parkwood I was given a blood thinner every day, but that was deemed to no longer be necessary for me. Blood clots. Another thing that I need to be aware of. My Dr. said in relation to lifestyle, movement is one of the most important things to prevent this from occurring.
Feed my body well, move it and keep my mind active. These are my goals for living well with an SCI.
There’s calcium in chocolate, right?