Thursday, March 22, 2012

Collage of several of Gray's muscle pictures, ...
Collage of several of Gray's muscle pictures, by Mikael Häggström (User:Mikael Häggström) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This week I started with my training again.

  • Cardio training, several times a week, if possible (depends on my energy level, time, and the hurtings in my right shoulder).
  • Power... muscle training with light barbells. I was never strong, but after 4 months lying in a hospital bed, I lost ALL of the muscles, I did not need to survive. Actually I couldn't even hold a cup of water, when I was in the hospital, over a year ago. Now I am training with barbells of 1 to 4 kg. It is ridiculous, but I cannot change it except by more training.
  • Training for my hips, for my back bone. That's interesting, but very difficult, because I cannot use most of my muscles there.
  • Finger training. The fingers of my left hand work only partially, unfortunately.
  • Neuro training. Ha, that's funny. I have to move a special ball with my left hand in circles. The ball has some inner parts which work against that movement, so it is difficult. And at the same time I have to move my right hand independently of the left hand. Well, I am actually quite good in this. My physio therapist said he has never seen such a "talented" guy before. Nice somehow...
  • Wheel chair training. I have to learn how to drive only on the back wheels. That is required for driving over a single stair or into the underground train.
  • And so on. Too much to do for a guy with not enough energy. But it will become better...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Duloxetine (Cymbalta(R)) Capsule, 20mg. 日本語: デ...
Duloxetine (Cymbalta(R)) Capsule, 20mg. 日本語: デュロキセチン(サインバルタ(R))カプセル 20mg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lyrica 225mg
Lyrica 225mg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Medicaments are important for someone in my physical state. I try to take as few as possible, but still the list is long.

A good idea of mine was to go to a special doctor, a nutritionist. He gave me several things - from vitamine D (from which I don't have enough due to my nerve disease) to something which is supposed to away the poison from my liver (hm, don't know if that works).

The second group is the hard-core medical stuff to prevent my disease to come back: Imurek, and cortizone. The first one suppresses my auto immune system, the second one helps to prevent infections, but destroys my skin. Fortunately I reduced it to 2.5 mg a day, and maybe I will stop taking it in a few months.

The third group are medicaments agains my nerve hurtings. The partially hurt nerves in my arms and shoulder are hurt very, very much, and I take three medicaments against it: Lyrica, which is said to be a very good tool for that kind of pain, Cymbalta, which is actually an anti-depressivum, and then liquid Canabis. I have heard that there is a new law in USA which does not allow people to even talk about taking Canabis. Quite ridiculously. All three together help a little bit. Not enough, so that's still a problem.

Then there are a few other hard-core medicaments which help me a little bit, e. g. one for protecting my stomach.