Walking ~ Enduring

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Its been a year now and for some reason I set a goal. At the time, it was a haphazard goal since I’m not very discipline at keeping goals and never was. An unfortunate thing happen to me when I fell on a friend’s front porch with a very high step. I wasn’t trying to challenge the height at all, in fact, I didn’t realize it was even going to be a challenge. I had a kind moment and was bringing chili to my friend which I toiled over the night before. In the process of the step up, I fell but I saved the chili! I also, received a torn meniscus that I have been dealing with ever since in the right knee for a year.

That day, was an epiphany moment and the first day of the rest of my life. I’ve begun to realize there are a few things to keep to be independent. A pair of eyes, two legs that bring along two good knees along with horse liniment. This incident literally brought me to my knees and the realization that I’m going to have to indulge in self-care. I entered the traditional physical therapy ordered by my NP and a very good specialist. It worked for a while but I realize I would have to put more of myself into the process if ever I wanted to feel human again and not a Neanderthal dragging my knuckles. 

I took it upon myself to walk, walk, walk! For a year now it hasn’t been easy, but I keep going even when I don’t want to. In the beginning it started out only .2 miles to a friend’s house. Of course and then back. Very painful but I kept telling myself “No pain, no gain”. Ohhh how I hated that motto over time. Then it was only a half mile. Then back down to .2 miles.

Now here is the triumph! I am now up to doing a mile when I can, which is about every other day and weather permitting over a years time. The moral to this blog post is to “Never Quit”! I plan to keep going and my goal is two miles if and when I can arrive at that. My biggest fear is that it won’t take another high hurdle or fall to realize “keep on keepin on” has its pay offs. 

For goodness sake save the chili and rehab the knee. 

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5 thoughts on “Walking ~ Enduring

  1. Hi Jan, Thanks for sharing your story. Your commitment to doing what it takes to rehab your knee has given me inspiration to continue with my exercise program. I too plan on walking a mile a day but because I haven’t been keeping it up it may take a while to get to that point. Soon I’ll also be able to get back on the bike and that is also a great exercise for the legs and knees.

    Take care, Dan

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    1. Dan ~ Take your time. When I first started a year ago, I could only do .2 miles. Also, many a times, only around the block. My desire and determination kept me going. Let me say though, many a times, I wanted to quit or not go out at all and try. Especially difficult for one who isn’t very disciplined. Thanks for sharing and reading.

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