Good morning. Hopefully it actually is good. It is finally fall weather outside. A lovely crisp 54 degrees. I still have a window open next to me. I am sure my aide thinks I’m insane. I love the chilly air especially when I workout. Eventually I shut them.
I’m surprised with this cooler air my spasticity is still really bad in my legs. It can be very difficult to get my leg to bend. It affects my right leg more than my left leg. However my right leg is the stronger leg. It is just so random. I don’t want to increase gabapentin because of its various side effects. I think I need to try to increase baclofen. My prescription is for up to 3 a day but I take 1. I keep it in my system as preventative. I know my doctor would tell me to take a second or even a the third pill. I hate increasing any medication because I don’t want to become more dependent on these things. It usually subsides within a week at most. This time it hasn’t.
The other morning I was trying to get out of bed and I had a fall. OK to me it’s a slide because I didn’t really fall I kind of slid down but to everybody it’s a fall so let’s just say it was a fall. Getting in and out of bed is the hardest thing when I’m spastic because I can’t bend my legs. When I’m getting out of bed I literally had to pull myself up onto straight legs. I get into my wheelchair and I’m able to get my left leg bent but my right leg sticks straight out. It takes a few minutes for the spasticity to go away. When I get up from my comfy chair it takes me a few minutes to get my right leg in a bent position so I could stand up. It has been frustrating.
The other morning I actually got caught in my blankets. I don’t know how but it was wrapped around my feet and I couldn’t pull the blanket away. Since I was spastic, I couldn’t bend my legs to pull them out. It resulted in a second “fall” from my bed. I literally had to roll myself out of the king size comforter that I now took down to the floor with me. It wasn’t easy and not the way I would prefer to wake up in the morning.
I can feel the spasticity start in the bottom of my back. It is so tight. Anyone that has this knows that no massage or heating pad makes it better. It is like your tendons are twisted in a fork like your eating spaghetti. I have had spasticity forever but it is usually just in the mornings. Sometimes I’ll have episodes where I’ll have issues throughout the day maybe I a few days but usually it does subside. Right now it has been weeks. My upper back spasticity I can have for weeks but that’s different. Anyway I think I need to try something because it is getting difficult. Ugh just another day in the life.