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I went to a physiotherapist who is also a personal trainer yesterday.  I was hoping to be assessed and given some exercises to maintain/improve my mobility.

Well, I was assessed and he gave me some exercises based on my capabilities.  It made me realize just how disabled I am.  He asked me to do 5 leg raises on each leg and spread it over the course of a day so as not to tire myself out, to stand from sitting 10 times throughout the day and walk 20 meters twice a day!

He said it would be appropriate for me to get a wheelchair for times when I need to leave the house. He also told me that nothing he suggests is going to improve mobility, it will just, hopefully, prevent muscle wasting.

I have been depressed ever since my visit.

Do we ever truly adjust to our situation? Or, like me, do you deep down think this is just a temporary glitch and tomorrow you'll wake up and it's all been just a nightmare?


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2015036 tn?1332997788
I don't think we ever really do adjust.  I still feel like I am waiting for this to end.  Before, if we were sick or injured- we gradually improved, and finally were healed.  

I'm sorry  you're depressed.  I think it's perfectly natural to feel sad about this kind of thing.  I'm due to be assessed for the same kind of thing soon.  I had to put it off, because I'm traveling for the next two weeks.  I wonder what I'll be told...

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645800 tn?1466860955
I do think that people do accept things after a while. Some may take longer than others.

Before my MS I was the A type personality that would push themselves beyond human endurance. Went to college full time, while working full time, and had a wife and child at home that I always made time for. Later on working 3 days non stop at a time to finish projects at work.

After the MS symptoms started I kept doing that for years, it was who I was. Especially when ever I started to feel better during remissions. It took many years before it finally sunk in that I could not do that any more. I finally accepted the fact that things had changed.

As my MS symptoms increased and got worse slowly I finally accepted the each of the new realities of my life. The newer problems I still hope I will wake up some morning and they will be gone....I just have not had enough time to accept them yet I guess.

But just because I have accepted some of the problems from my MS, it doesn't mean that I don't still miss the old me. I just look for things that I can do now to replace the things I use to do.

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