Yesterday was my last time for Physical Therapy on my knee for now. I called my insurance company, and they only allow 15 PT visits a year, unless THEY approve the extra ones, and I’ve used 7 of them already. So, I figured I’d better leave myself with some, in case I have other problems before the end of the year.
I asked her about using the mini trampoline we have, and also a little stepper and an exercise ball. Her concerns had to do with balance, but other than that, she thought they would be fine. She said the stepper was a particularly good one for a PWP, because of the repetitive alternating motion. Of course she cautioned me to go slow about adding minutes to it, and to rest every other day or every two days. She’s very emphatic about reminding me that the Parkinson’s means I have to rest my muscles more than other people would need to. But she emphasized that I need to be on a regular exercise program the rest of my life.
I did start on the Requip again yesterday. Even though I’ve been doing all this exercise and my legs are definitely stronger, I’m still walking very slowly. It’s called Bradykinesia, and it’s always been my main Parkinson’s symptom. Requip has some pretty uncomfortable side effects, as most of the PD meds do, it seems, so I really tried to do without it. But I just don’t think the Zelepar is enough on its own. Dr. S. told me to use my own judgment on starting it back, so I’ve decided it’s time.
I did get nauseated before lunch yesterday and I had a headache last night. Plus, this morning, I got light headed while I was taking pictures for our eBay listings. I stood still too long, I guess. Anyway, I had to stop and sit down, as I broke out in a cold sweat and could feel myself getting woozy. The worst side effect for Requip, though, is compulsive behavior – if that starts up again I won’t be able to use it, for sure.
The PT worked me pretty hard yesterday, knowing it was my last visit, and I was very uncomfortable last night. I ended up taking 2 Lortab to stop the pain in my legs. At least that meant I got a good night’s sleep! They don’t seem to be as sore today, so that’s good.
I’m having the MRI today at a different place, called a Stand Up MRI. That will be a new experience. It makes me wonder if that was chosen to get a different view of my knee, as there is a regular tunnel MRI place in the same building with my doctor.
I just realized that I forgot to call the Orthopedist’s office yesterday to make the follow up appointment. I’m really having a hard time remembering to do everything that needs to be done nowadays. Hubby tries to help me keep it all straight, and I make lists like crazy. I’ve even started using the task reminders on my Outlook program to try to help. Of course I have to remember to put the reminders in the program LOL!
I got an email from the other PT patient who has Neuropathy last night, and of all things, we live in the same town!!! I’ll be doing some research on her particular type of Neuropathy and adding links to it, if I can find anything specific for her. I wonder if she lives anywhere near the EPA toxic site, the way we do????? She’s in far worse shape than I am, and the doctors don’t know what’s causing her problems, either. And she’s young. I’ve added her to my prayers, and I hope she and I can continue to correspond.
It was a day of changes yesterday, but hopefully they will be good changes. Only time will tell.