Learning curve so far
Friday, July 26, 2013
We spent 5 days in Yellowstone last week, as we have nearly every summer for the past 23 years. This year I was able to walk much farther than I have for many years, both. Withand without my rollator walker. I could have organized it better. I chose our first full day to test myself with a 5 to 7 mile hike, using only a walking stick. I wanted to walk to Imperial geyser, a seven mile round trip.that proved too far, especially first day out in such high altitude. But I was able to make it out to Fairy Falls and back, the five mile version of that hike. It was beautiful, and difficult for me, very slow and requiring many rest stops. My feet and knees were very painful the remainder of that day, and i did take 2 mg of prednisone that day and the next, and 1mg daily for the rest of the trip. I have been reducing using Pred, eliminating it for several weeks, but the 2mg is still only half my prescribed dose. I think I will still be able to tell my doc I can manage on 1 mg daily when we meet in December, much less than I have been taking for many years.the second day I used my walker to go into the Upper geyser basin, where it is a wonderful help, as you need to wait on geysers so often if you want to see actual eruptions. With the walker, i can sit comfortably to visit and rest while waiting. There is always wildlife and wild flowers to view, too. I walked about 2 1/2 miles among the geysers that day and saw several major eruptions. Of course we drove a lot, too, viewing wildlife. I walked along the lake edge at Lake Yellowstone while my husband went out on the lake fishing - he caught and released 3 large cut throat trout. The last day I walked up part of the Washburn trail, famous for wonderful wild flowers. They were spectacular! I have had to adjust to walking out alone, since my husband has become largely immobile because of his size, knee problems heart limitations in high altitudes. He keeps telling me he is going to start to exercise but I have seen no progress there lately. Finding things we can enjoy together has been challenging, but we are managing. My exercise program has really helped me, but not eliminated all problems. My knees still slip out of joint occasionally, my back is beginning to resist straightening all the way. Aging is not fun. But I am very pleased with how well I did on my own, and with being able to reduce my meds. I am reducing the Enbrel as well, back to a weekly injection instead of twice weekly. Swimming daily. When at home is a great help, really works out the kinks in the warm water this time of year. Weight loss has not progressed lately, I need to work at that more, but I am maintaining my losses to date.