Sunday, February 6, 2011

Praise God for the Help!

Waking Monday morning at the regular time, meant that I had only slept for a few short hours.  Once again, I was tired.

Even so, I found my way to doing what I needed to do for the day.  During my morning activities, I called my friend M, whom I had visited with, Sunday evening.

I believe my friend M was truly shocked, when I asked her if I could come try working out in her gym, to see if I could handle it.  Believe me, I was shocked hearing myself say the words!

We set a time in the afternoon, for me to drop by her home.  She made sure to tell me to wear workout clothing or old clothes that I won't mind sweating in.  :-))

Upon arriving, we went downstairs to her gym.  We talked about my physical needs and health conditions.  M already knew, so it didn't take long.  We did the paperwork, protecting her from legal situations, as is required by her insurer.  Then, we went to the workout area.

I was terrified, to say the least.  I kept telling myself that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). 

Even so, as sinful as it is to worry, I worried about hurting myself.  Doing so, would mean time off work, once again!  Who would want that?  Not to mention the pain involved with hurting oneself!

Knowing I still suffer from the effects of neck, shoulder, back and knee problems, plus rheumatoid arthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis) and Fibromyalgia, M set the strength level low.  She made it clear I shouldn't push myself past a pain level I can tolerate.

Ha ha!  That's funny.  That's one of the biggest problems I experience!  Working past a pain level I can tolerate, I mean.

If you could experience what I do with chronic pain, you would know that if I didn't want to feel pain, I wouldn't move at all.  Of course, even that hurts.  Seriously, chronic pain isn't fun.

Even so, I was shocked to see that I made it around the system of equipment the first time, without feeling like I was going to die!

M monitored my heart rate and we did a second round.  By the time I was done, I was done!

Even so, I was happy I was actually able to do this, for about a year and a half (1 1/2) ago, before my Chiropractor's computerized equipment helped release my neck, I would not have been able to do work out like this.  At all.  Ever.

In fact, a few years ago on one occasion, all I did was lay down on our double-high air mattress portable bed one time after standing for longer than I should have, when Gordon and I were working at a home we were moving from and I had a major problem.  I stretched too much.  That's right.  All I did was stretch, in an effort to get off the bed, by myself without help.

The spasm that followed was so severe, I could hardly walk out to our vehicle.  Gordon immediately drove me to my Chiropractor, who immediately treated me.  Relief followed. 

So, you can imagine my shock, that I could manage to do this exercise, even if it was at an extremely low level of resistance.

Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

Until next time...

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