Level-Up: Part 3

Every Sunday I record my health achievements and discoveries for the week here. To find out why I decided to start doing this, you can read an explanation in the first post of the series here.

This week’s health achievements

Tuesday– Attended a doctor’s appointment by myself, then went to the pharmacy next door to collect medication, walked home via one shop, in the rain. (With walking stick, nausea tablet and umbrella)

Friday– Walked to my local post office myself to send a couple of small packages, bought a small bag of groceries and bought a coffee, in the rain. (With walking stick and umbrella)

Why were these things challenges?

The walk from my doctor’s surgery to my house is a fairly long walk for me and part of it is uphill. I don’t do well walking on an angle. I once had one of my biggest public dizzy spells after travelling up a department store escalator. On top of this it was raining pretty heavily, which meant I had to hold the umbrella up and didn’t have my less affected side (the right) to balance myself out as easily.

It doesn’t take long to run out of hands. The walking stick takes up one hand, leaving just one to carry Friday’s groceries, hold the umbrella and grip my coffee cup. I was so determined I’d get the coffee that I stood holding on to a shop doorway for ten minutes or so until the rain eased so that I could put the umbrella down without getting totally soaked. Again, I didn’t have the right side of my body free to balance out the falling feeling.

This week’s lessons

  • Cabs are expensive. But any time I can skip a cab in favour of walking, that leaves money for other things; like the almond croissant I bought myself for breakfast on the way home on Tuesday.
  • I need my right side. The left side is the one causing the majority of my imbalance. I naturally fall that way when I’m walking, sitting, watching TV etc.  Any time my right arm isn’t there to wobble me back the correct way – like when holding an umbrella up – the walk is going to be significantly more difficult.
  • I need more hands. Or I just need to be ruthless and realistic about how much I try to carry when I’m out alone. It doesn’t seem fair, but it’s honest.
  • A little encouragement goes a long way. I didn’t want to walk home on Tuesday. I could easily have called a cab, avoided the rain and nobody would have been any the wiser. But I asked for some encouragement from my friends on Twitter and it got me walking.
  • I live in Wales. It rains a lot. I’m going to have to get used to using the umbrella. And find some more waterproof shoes.

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