Phun at Physical Therapy

In Humor, MS, Multiple Sclerosis, Physical Therapy, PT on April 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Ah, PT. It stands for Physical Therapy, but in my world, it’s Personal Training because I consider myself an athlete training for victory rather than an MS patient gaining strength to walk. So from here on in, we’ll refer to my therapist as my trainer. And I suggest you do the same. Got it?

OK, so onto my second visit with the handsome trainer. At the first visit he evaluated me, so now the real work begins. He escorts me on his arm and I feel like I’m going to the prom–a prom where Nike shorts and a sweat-wicking T-shirt are appropriate attire.

He explains that MS patients have a fixed reservoir or pool of energy for a day. Since he isn’t familiar with my energy threshold, he’ll take it easy on me. I tell him my reservoir is a baby pool, the plastic kind you fill with a hose in the backyard. We laugh. And then he takes the joke further, asking me if it’s the size of a teacup, and I say, maybe not, I think it’s the puddle in the saucer.

I ride the exercise bike for three minutes and I still have some oomph, so he tells me to go for five. A few feet in front of me is an elderly lady I’ve seen before, stretching a giant rubber band.

The five minutes are up and my prom date/trainer escorts me to the exercise table. I pass the woman and say hello. She practially screams, “Lookin’ good! Lookin’ good!” I feel good.

We reach the table and I hear another trainer ask the woman, “Do you want me to turn the TV toward you? Turn up the volume?”

“No, dear,” she replies. “I’m not watching it. I’m blind.”

I laugh so hard I nearly pee the exercise table with a pool of energy.

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