Now that I am doing my exercises every day, morning and night, I think I am starting to get more used to the idea that this is now part of my life. It takes me 30 minutes approximately each time – an hour in total – and when I think about it, that’s not a lot out of a whole day! When my physio comes four days a week, the afternoon session is an hour. Still not a huge chunk out of my life.
But I am learning that that is not all. I need to be mindful all day, every day, that doing life, is doing exercise. When I get up from a chair, I must get up ‘big’. When I get my cereal bowl out of the drawer, I must reach ‘big’. When I walk across my kitchen, I must stride with purpose. When I am at work, I must stride with purpose down the ward with ‘big’ steps, it is not going to be a casual stroll.
So slowly, I am learning to accept that this ‘bigness’ needs to be part of my life now, so that I fight the battle against the ‘smallness’ of Parkies.