It seems so easy.
I have been seeing my athletic trainer, Ryan up at OHSU for over 6 years. He has helped me regain movement, strength, and usefulness on the right side of my body and is always coming up with new, fun ways to make that happen.
All these years since my stroke, I have been unable to swing my arms in proper rhythm when I walk. Jill always swings my right arm for me so I can walk normally. This week, Ryan challenged me to have Jill swing my LEFT arm so I can learn to swing my right arm by myself.
Guess what? It is really hard!! As we walked, Jill swung my left arm and I started swinging my right arm. It seemed really natural….for the first three swings. Then the fourth swing–somehow it started going in small circles and then it came across my body and then I could only swing it with my left arm rather than alternating with my left arm. It was like it had a life of its own.
Jill couldn’t stop from laughing. Not only was my arm going every which-way but I was also making weird faces as I tried to concentrate. I looked like the Joe Cocker of rehab.
This is going to be a difficult skill to master but we are up to the challenge. It is good to know we will have fun in the process.