Hey, how are ya?!
I hope you all are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. For those of you who follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you’ve probably seen the various exercising videos and photos that I post of myself. In posting these, by no means am I trying to show off. The reason I post these videos/photos is to show to you all that I’m trying my hardest to fight FA the best way that I can, despite how difficult it is.
A few weeks ago, I drove to my graduate school in Boston to study, which is roughly an hour drive from my house. One of the more frustrating symptoms of FA is that I struggle to control my bladder. So, imagine how difficult this drive becomes when I (stupidly) decide to chug a full, 16oz water bottle just before getting into the car.
For the most part, the drive was going smoothly and I didn’t have to go to the bathroom yet. It wasn’t until I got into Boston, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic when I realized how badly I had to go; my bladder was about to burst. Fortunately, the traffic started to open up, allowing me to make it to my school’s parking garage just in time. Once I parked my van, however, is when things took a turn for the worse.
As I transferred from the driver’s seat into my scooter, I was too focused on getting to the bathroom that I forgot to take my time backing out of my car’s ramp. I cut the wheel too soon, and my scooter (along with myself) tippedover onto the pavement. Here I am, stuck on the ground with my scooter tipped over on me, about to pee my pants. To make matters worse, there was nobody in the parking garage there to help, so I knew I had to figure it out on my own.
Although this situation was far from ideal, my two trainers, Nick and Jenn, have prepared me physically through their workout plans to overcome these kinds of situations. First, I picked my scooter upright and off of me. Next, I placed my scooter battery (which is sneaky large and heavy) next to me and used it to help push myself off of the ground within reach of my scooter handles. Once stabilized and in my seat, I reached down and placed the battery into the scooter. Boom—good to go and off to the bathroom just in time.
At this point, unfortunately, there are no medical treatments available to fully combat FA’s symptoms. However, I’ve discovered the benefits of working out, and how strengthening my body can help deal with these symptoms and make life a bit easier for me. Now, I live by the motto that “if I don’t use my muscles, I’ll lose them.” I refuse to lose them, so I am not going to stop working out.
Do whatever it is you have to do to make your own life better. Only you can affect your future.