Today, I received a phone call confirming that I will be starting a formal programme of physiotherapy at the beginning of August 2006. It will involve both supervised and independent exercise, aimed first at general fitness, then specifically at “functional walking”.
Although this is a somewhat unusual phrase, I was thrilled to hear it! This is the first time I have been thought well enough for functional walking for nineteen years! It is true that I have had physiotherapy more recently than 1987 but, on these previous occasions, the treatment was intended to be short term and to assist with recovery from specific medical incidents, such as Transient Ischaemic Attacks and sustained heart problems.
At these times, the aim was not to improve my general level of mobility. In fact, the last time I received physiotherapy, in 2002, the treatment was stopped almost as soon as I tried to walk because my heart could not cope with the effort needed. It is worth remembering that, at that time, my medication was at its peak.
I am confident that now my heart and lungs are stable, without medication, I will have much more success and that any improvements will be much better maintained than they were the last time I tried physiotherapy.