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Mar 22, 2012 11:19PM
I have some catching up to do on the conversation here! First, Tina I am in awe of all those steps without stopping! Not only because you had the stamina to do it, but because you had the will to keep going after it inevitably got boring (after three or four flights up and down the same steps, I would be crafting all kinds of reasons why I needed to do something else). That's really amazing.
Hugz, I have slept in UA many times, initially to humor my plastic surgeon who wanted me in compression 24/7 for a long time after one of my surgeries, and then because I found I slept better with some support on my troublesome truncal LE. I've never used an official LE night garment, but I know that they are less compressive than day garments, so I rather imagine the UA compression accomplishes something similar for mild LE like mine. Of course, just because it has worked for me and caused me no grief doesn't mean it works well for anyone else. One of these days I will ask my LE therapist about a night garment for when I get really puffy, as in this week's heat. I have really put off having that conversation, because generally my LE is very manageable, and well...I just don't want to admit I have 'serious' LE. Not very grown up of me, I know.
Nordy, after the biking thread we had going a few months ago, I took my bike to the neighborhood bike shop and my friend the owner put an extended stem on it, so I am all ready to give it a try. He tuned it up, and then tuned up DH's bike, too, so soon we'll give the bikes a spin to see how I do. We have some wonderful trails nearby, including one former railbed that runs 25 miles or so to Lake Michigan. People are crazy drivers on our rural roads, so I prefer to peddle in a protected place. I won't be attempting 50 miles the first time out, that's for sure. Nordy, are your girls cycling alongside you?
Tina, I believe you had your bike adapted for higher handlebars too, right? (hint) You're the one who got me moving on adapting my bike. (thank you!)
Kira, it is really wonderful that you're in a position to encourage LE patients to use exercise to take charge and do something proactive to beat LE down, instead of letting LE beat up their spirit. And as for your own exercise, walking the dog brings so many rewards beyond the steps you take. Especially after any day when work tries to get the better of you, dogs just want to be your friend, they absolutely love a good frolic of a walk, and they motivate us to stay out longer than we think we want to. My dog is a terribly undisciplined walker (trainer's fault, i.e. mine) so I tend to play with him in the yard more than take him on official walks, but the effect is the same. There's not much better than watching a pet bounce around celebrating the joy of being a dog.
My LE care today: I took two flights to get across country, twelve hours from door to door, with a long on-the-tarmac flight delay to keep me cooped up longer than expected. But--I did have 2 hours in my connecting airport, and I spent one of those in speedy motion. I actually went in the ladies room and put on my heart-rate monitor strap so I would be sure not to take a leisurely la-dee-da stroll. I managed nearly the full hour in 'fat burning' zone. Pedometer says I did 5.2 miles in total today. I woke up to MLD, did tons of kegel breaths in the airports and in the airplanes, as well as neck clearance quite a few times. Pumped fist in the air a lot and walked a little bit during the 5-hour flight, probably not enough. Drank several bottles of water in flight. Have I mentioned how much I hate airplane bathrooms????
No Lebed today, but I will end my evening with MLD.