After failing my evaluation with the driving instructor in September, I decided to take a break from working on my cognition and instead focus for a while on improving my fitness. I figured that it would still help getting back to driving in a couple of ways and also move me forward on other goals.
It’s getting to the end of January and my short-term goal is being able to get out and about on mass transit so I’m not as dependent on Kathy as chauffeur and I can enjoy a little more independence. The problem is that it’s a 6 block walk between home and the bus stop so I have to be able to hump that in addition to anything else I want to do while I’m out.
This week the reward for hard work was lunch today in San Francisco to celebrate my friend Flora’s birthday. The adventure was taking the bus and BART on my own into the city for the first time since the stroke.
To increase my walking range more, I need to improve the movement of my left knee and foot so that my gait is more natural and I reduce the strain on my left hip and right leg. another benefit will be an increase in my pace.
Next week, I’ll add a knee to chest exercise in addition to the leg extensions and foot raises that I’ve been doing. At the end of the week, I’ll re-evaluate my progress in regard to getting back on a bike; see if I need to add any other exercises and how long I need to work before starting on the stationary bikes at the rehab gym.