I went to PT this morning, and they did start me on some exercises, all for my arms. The first few were fairly easy, but then she had me pushing down with what seemed like more resistance than the others were set for. I stopped at the first set of ten on that one, instead of doing two sets of ten the way I had done all the others.
Then I moved to the pulley rope, which I’ve done before with other therapy, and it’s always fairly easy, unless you just can’t raise your arms. I had no trouble with that at all. Problems came when I stood up from that one, though.
I woke up this morning trembling more than usual, and getting into the cold car this morning just made it worse. And then I did all this new exercising on top of that. I guess everything just worked together to bring major big time tremors in my legs and arms, all at the same time. I was frozen in place, unable to move, because I was just not in control at the moment. The Aide immediately pulled a chair over for me, and I didn’t do any more exercises. They hovered over me for awhile, with me assuring them that I was OK, that it would ease off on its own, that there wasn’t anything they could do, and I really was OK.
After I convinced them that I was not going to fall, they moved me to the room where they do the ultrasound and heat therapy with the TENS machine, and everything went as usual. About half way through all that, the tremors settled down to just the usual quiver in my right arm and leg.
The only thing I can think of is that using the machine that was apparently set with too much resistance for me to handle just used up the dopamine I had available for a little while. It will be interesting to see if I can find anything to agree or disagree with my hypothesis.
It’s been a shaky afternoon, and I just gave in to my chocolate craving – that’s my way to deal with stress, as any chocoholic will tell you. And my neck is sore, but not painful, from the exercise. But at least I’m walking around about like usual – maybe a little shakier, but not much.
She told me I have 3 more visits before I have to see the Orthopedist again, so I need to make that appointment. I should have done it today, but I’m in one of those procrastinating moods today, and I just didn’t feel like doing it. These moods don’t make any sense, but I get into them every once in awhile. Things that happen like this morning seem to bring this apathy on, like everything is just too much trouble. It’s stupid, I know, but it’s just the way I get at times. I’ll snap out of it, just as the shakes finally stopped. Just takes a little time.
Tomorrow is Date Day, and it will be a better day. I’m sure of it!