axnr911
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axnr911, February 4,  2021  3:17pm EST

Walking and Exhaustion

I have a problem.  It has been 2 1/2 years since my stroke.  I was paralyzed on the left side, but have gotten most of my funcion back. I know I need to walk for my health, getting coordination back and for my heart. They say we should all walk 30 minutes a day.   However,  when we do our 30 minute walk in the morning, I'm so exhausted afterwards that I can do little else the rest of the day. They say to listen to your body and  I feel better physically if I just sit around or do small things, but emotionally I feel like it's bad for me to do that.  Anyone else dealing with this? Any ideas?  Jeanne

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, February 4,  2021  4:46pm EST

    Hi Jeanne,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with the community. As you hear from others on the support network, I can also share some Fitness and Healthy Living resources to help you learn more during your recovery. Please keep us updated on how you're doing.

    Best wishes,

    The AHA Team

  • JOAQUIN
    JOAQUIN, February 5,  2021  8:52pm EST

    axnr911,

    Perhaps you might try this...

    When my wife experienced a pontein stroke, she was in the hospital for 3 days. She had, among others, a neurologist at her bedside. Doctor used to hook my wife up to a "pulse oximeter". It measures the ammount of oxygen in your system. It fluctuates as you move; i.e. walk or exercise.

    We got one from Amazon [ZacVrate 500DL]. We use it when we exercise, walk, etc.

    My wife gets winded too, so here is what we've done...

    When we walk, we take note of the oxygen percentage as well as the BEST that she is feeling at the time. When she begins to get tired and the numbers don't go any higher or start to decline, we stop walking at a brisk pace. It may take a while or so to find that "sweet spot" for yourself.

    So, just take a walk! Every once in a while, make a note of how long you've been walking and note the oxygen level on the meter. When/where you begin to just begin showing some fatigue---STOP and make notes. Note the oxygen levels on the meter.

    This way, you'll know just how long you can go on a walk! Keep the same schedule and note your progress...how do you feel?

    After several weeks of "not pushing yourself", you'll find that you have set a baseline for your walks. Stay on that schedule for a few weeks longer, then, perhaps, build up to a steepher hill, or a longer walk or a brisker---but shorter---walk. This way, you won't stay at the same level or pace or distance forever. After a while, you will find yourself exceeding your previous "levels" and getting stronger & stronger, as the winter weeks begin to open you up to Spring and Summer walks. You'll find yourself looking forwad to challenging yourself to be better and better! Please keep us posted on your progress...

  • axnr911
    axnr911, February 6,  2021  8:20pm EST

    Joaquin,  Thank you so much for your reply!  It was very helpful.  I have checked out the device on Amazon.--not expensive at all.  I never would have thought about such a thing,.  I thought they were only in doctor's offices. I am so grateful that you took the time to tell me about your wife's experience.   Thank you again.  Love, Jeanne 

  • JOAQUIN
    JOAQUIN, February 6,  2021  10:32pm EST

    Jeanne,

    Thank you for your reply. You are so welcome. I would also like to mention a book that I purchased during my wife's initial hospitalization. I wanted to learn as much as I could about this "pontein" stroke. I came across a book that I mention to everyone who posts here.

    The book title is "My Stroke of Insight". The author is Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. You can buy it for a song at Alibris.com, Amazon, or you might try your local library. In it, Jill tells her story about being a brain scientist. One morning, she got up and, well...I won't spoil the story for you, Jeanne! I hope you find the book as helpful as my wife and I did.

    One of the many things Jill suggests to get yourself on the road to recovery is to get the patient involved in puzzles...all types of puzzles! Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, find-the-hidden-word and many others. This type of brain "exercise" will greatly help any area[s] of the brain that may have been damaged from a stroke. It also help the morale of the patient, who feels that they are contributing to their own healing. This morale booster is just as important as the medical side of treatment. For my wife, more than two years after her event, she is now a better puzzler than I am! She "sees" things differently, and she sees things in puzzles that I do not.

    We get many of our books and puzzles from Wal-Mart, COSTCO & Amazon. There are many for under $10 each, shipped right to your front door. You might find them also at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill "second-hand" shop. We started with childrens puzzles. 25 piece. Then 50 pieces. Then 100, 300, 500 and we are now doing 1,000 piece puzzles in a day and a half!

    Pretty remarkable for someone who experienced a stroke in 2018, wouldn't you say?

    Jeanne, I hope that this might be of some help to you and again, please keep us apprised of your continued recovery and overcoming!

    "You can change your life by altering your thoughts." ---Eric Butterworth

  • axnr911
    axnr911, February 8,  2021  8:12pm EST

    Thank you Joaquin.  Yes that is remarkable for anyone to do a 1000 piece puzzle in a day and a half!  Good for you guys!  Thanks again for all you suggestions.    Love, Jeanne  P.S. My Zac Vrate oximeter arrived this afternoon.  I'm looking forward to using it.  

  • Ilovedogs
    Ilovedogs, February 15,  2021  12:45pm EST

    Just take it one day at a time.  Start slow and gradually increase your walking time. 

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