Thursday, August 16, 2012

Help!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, there is still more I need to say, regarding why I work out in the pool.  If you haven't yet read any recent LwL entries, you may want to do so, to have a better understanding of what I have been writing about.

When I left off writing yesterday, I made it clear that I am happy that my Lord has helped me be able to get exercise, at all.

What some people don't realize, is that I am also Rheumatoid Arthritic (RA).  Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) with the complication of Iritis, has caused an overwhelming amount of inflammation in my body.  So much so, that I have almost lost my eye due to it.

When I first moved into my apartment, I was in such a weakened condition!

Having AS, I knew this wasn't good for me.  It pained me to even take a few steps.  Of course, knowing that if I didn't keep moving, I would eventually become wheelchair bound, made me even more encouraged to try and get some exercise, of any kind.

Every time I tried to use exercise equipment in the gym, I'd end up back at my chiropractor's, getting treatment. 

But, when I used the pool on a more regular basis, I felt I was becoming stronger, and stronger.  Eventually, I was able to do a small amount of regular exercise at a friend's place, with her special equipment.

However, I found the pool exercise was the best.  (My pool is an outdoor one, so is only available seasonally.)

As I got stronger, I added more exercises and increased the number of repetitions.  Now, I am able to do a workout that many people cannot.  Praise God for this!

Still, this past winter/spring, when the YMCA/YWCA pool was shut for repair, and later, when I was sick for a short time, I found that when I returned to exercise in the water, I was much weaker than I had been before this transpired.

In fact, I could only do about half (1/2) of what I normally did, during my workout in the pool.

Even so, I have worked my way back to being stronger, once again.  For this, I am truly thankful!

This reminds me about Psalm 121:2, "My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."

Wow!  Isn't it wonderful how God provided for us.  Even before we knew we would need to be provided for!  Amazing!

Unfortunately, there is still more I need to write about, so I hope you'll stay with me.  See you, tomorrow!


Until next time...

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