Someone asked me recently how my health is doing and I came up with some rhetoric which I thought people might like to hear:
my health is as good as can be expected in this situation, it’s never going to be perfect and is usually a reflection of the effort I have put into maintaining my health. I strike a balance to try to enjoy life, which doesn’t always preclude to healthy activities. I like a good night out with unhealthy food, slightly excessive alcohol consumption and late nights without enough sleep, loud music and not enough pressure relief. These factors can all contribute to bad health but without which I think my life would be a little mundane. I like to think that if I could do exercise I could maintain more of a healthy lifestyle whilst enjoying myself, as I think I did before my accident.
The other balance is to do with time, I could maintain my health through performing passive exercise for a large proportion of the day, performing many stretches, leg/arm exercises and standing routines. This should maintain my joints, BP and ligament health to a level near that of someone without paralysis. I could be working with physios three days a week trying to slowly improve the range of movement/strength of the accessory muscles I can control in my shoulders and upper arms. Slowly it would improve and I would be able to move slightly more but there is never any guarantee of a functional improvement (an improvement which aids me in everyday functionality). I could be spending time researching potential cures for all associated effects of paralysis (bladder infections etc), stem cell research and robotics but this is not my area of expertise at the moment so I let others do this and rely on the hope that if something revolutionary appears I will hear about it indirectly.Â Although I do spend some time performing the above tasks to maintain my health, it is that, just maintenance. I have decided that for me it is more beneficial to work on and improve existing functionality so that I can be productive in everyday life rather than spend a seemingly disproportionate amount of time gaining small improvements in areas that are not guaranteed to facilitate an improvement in my living standards.
This is a personal decision that everyone makes and I’ve decided that my time is too precious to spend on tasks with no guaranteed return on investment. I have become a little more selfish and definitely more driven since my accident probably because I understand how valuable and short my time is.
There are redundancies at work but thankfully I’m given immunity as a graduate, the new project starts soon….
Best wishes to all, if you want to watch a good film: Adventureland, if you want to listen to some good music: Matt Pryor