Thursday, July 7, 2011

GETTING USED TO MY BIONESS L300

It's been almost a month since I started working with the Ness L300 device and I've just come through a doorway in the past week.  I really like this thing.  I'm walking more normally, I'm stronger and I'm getting better at it every week. It did take a while to adjust to it but now I put it on right away in the morning and wear it all day and into the evening.  This is true even when I'm working at home because it takes so much less energy to walk with it than without, that I want to have it available.  I do shut it off (not on standby) while I'm working at my desk to save the battery.                                                                                                            
I've had some physical therapy sessions and the PT is helping me break my old bad habit of swinging my leg from the hip and has given me some exercises to strengthen the muscles that help me lift my lower leg from the knee, and my lower back muscles as well.  I'm not very good at adhering to a regimen but I've really tried on this because I knew I had let myself get too weak as I relied more and more on the scooter for transportation.  Now I'm walking behind the grocery cart again, walking into appointments and the scooter is cooling its wheels more and more often.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
It's really empowering to take charge of my situation like this!                                                              
I'll post videos as soon as the community theatre show is over--up to my neck in Wizard of Oz tickets right now!