Hello There. I made it home a week ago after 10 days in hospital. They let me home because I could get up and down the stairs at the hospital. However, they were an absolute breeze compared to the (much steeper) stairs at home! At home getting upstairs was fine, downstairs not so much, so I started using my bum to get down instead of legs. During those 10 days in hospital I appear to have lost all endurance or aerobic fitness as climbing those stairs initially was wiping me out.
It's been a big adjustment having to think and plan movement. Particularly moving out of bed, because of the fractured vertebrae my waist and middle are painful to touch. My right leg has been weak and cramps easily.
There are the drugs too, the side effects are a bit scattered but watching Teen Titans cartoons has been a bit psychedelic. I haven't had much capacity for concentration but this has been improving so I can read now and do the admin that’s required around all these changes in my life.
Over the last week my movement has improved a lot, much better on those precipitous stairs and getting up and down from chairs and bed. I have been doing a gentle breathing and movement practice, both seated and standing to work out the most appropriate way for me to do this. I am trying not to push too hard, which is easier said than done. I find that I am quite tired in the afternoon so I am trying to honour this.
Thursday was the end of my first round of chemotherapy treatment, so I have two weeks off which I would like to spend doing a bit more yoga. In my mind I would like to share some of this but I want to see how I go.
Because of the Myeloma I have shut the shop in Callendar Square in Falkirk and will not be doing massage therapy for at least a year.
I have contacted all my clients but if you have any further questions please contact me.
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Sarah Barron, founder of SMYL