Personal Best For Speed & Time
6 years and this device has certainly been a large part of my recovery.
The photo was from 2019 March 5. Wearing ankle weights, compression pants and ab support.
I remember the first time was in a harness and on a treadmill with 3 therapist all working on instructing and guiding my legs on the treadmill. Each session they lowered the harness and I put more weight on my legs.
I did mostly a recumbent bike for strengthening and cardio. On nice days a therapist would take me outside to walk with a rollator on hospital
Spent 12 weeks working on walking and personal care in that hospital.
Most of the actual treadmill in hospital was aided and no more than 20 minutes.
Got home and got working and stayed with the 20 minutes was barely over 400 steps depending on the day.
Nearly a year went by before started increasing time to double. Took a while and there was lot of suggestion and aids I tried and still use to this day.
1700 steps that 2nd year was almost the goal for a whole year. Figure thats all I'd ever get. Enter therapist. Try weight therapy. What a difference. Add leg brace again awkward but made a difference. Then compression socks, then the pants. Add TENS/EMS ab support. Started to feel like I was gearing up for combat.
Its been a juggling game with all the equipment and clothes to help along with recommendations when I walk. Each day I mix it up with which aid I use depending how I feel when I get to the treadmill. Usually try and do this around 10 am. Do some sort of weights afterwards or workout routine that I've been instructed on.
Been searching for an app that could guage others steps. Step up was one I tried but it seems to not work to work with others. Fibit has been the most supportive but most who used it with me have fallen to the wayside. Suggestions as the google app thing is so trial and error.
September 1 2020 did the 3662 steps in 45 minutes. I had on one 6lb leg weight and I maintained an upright walk the whole time. It would of made my family doctor happy as the "sweat equity" was definitely there only 2 slow downs to 1.7 mph. I thought how struggled 4 years to even get 1700 steps with a slew of emotions, and here I am doing 4000 step about 45 minutes.
Been attempting to blog the treadmill battle for a couple of years. Tried to stay focused. Never boring this stroke recovery.
Tried to write this in 1 day but had to split it hope this make sense.