By Drea39 Latest Reply 2014-04-05 18:32:06 -0500
Started 2014-04-02 03:57:08 -0500

HI, My name is Andrea and last March I had surgery to fuse my right ankle and foot. I was in a bad car wreck 10 yrs ago and the Drs have been talking about amputation this whole time. Since last March I have had a second surgery on my foot. 3 hospital stays and two foot ulcers from various cast issues. Currently I have a pic line in my arm and get iv antibiotics every 12 hrs for the next 8 weeks to see if we can heal a bone infection in the foot.. My foot ulcers have finally healed but we are working on a blister on top of my left foot. Since I am currently bonding with my wheelchair I can not do much walking. I am insulin dependent. In one year I have gained roughly 10 pounds. At my heaviest I weighed 400 pounds I am below 300 now but I am scared the weight will creep back. I cannot do any meaningful exercise. Anyone have any ideas? forgot to mention my left arm because of a different accident can not reach farther then my forehead. I cannot hardly lift with it and right now type one handed. Any ideas?

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MrsCDogg 2014-04-05 07:52:41 -0500 Report

If you have access to Public TV they have a show on there called Sit and be Fit. The lady who teaches the class says that if you can't do everything she does then do what you are able to do. The key, in my opinion, is doing something. Physical activity is not only good for the body but it is good for the mind. It will just plain old help you to "feel" better.
I hope you get better soon.

Stuart1966 2014-04-03 20:07:12 -0500 Report

I have some friends who have been in wheelchairs for decades, if not longer. Let me see if i can raise any of them, get their experience.

Seated yoga, seated tai chi, seated anything you want to attempt will do tje trick. The hard part is being consistant and disciplined doing so. You can use free weights sounds like, likely machines would be a better fit for now.

Will take modification at times but the choices arw yours. What seems fun to you? Obviously medical clearance is important too.

If they clear you to water exercise tey that.

Drea39 2014-04-03 23:28:43 -0500 Report

cant do water aerobics till I think I have 5 more weeks with the pic line in my arm. But now that everyone is in bed going to look up some stuff. Stuart any advice you can get I am all for. Thank You!!!!

jayabee52 2014-04-03 11:11:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Drea
I want to second Joyce's suggestions of going on you tube and search for "seated exercises" or "seated yoga".

If you want to lose weight, though, exercise alone won't do it, at least not very quickly. You need to keep your carbohydrate intake low, especially since you are on insulin any excess carbs you consume will get stored as fat. The same thing happens to people with "normal" insulin response as well, so it is not just injected insulin which is the culprit for gaining fat. .

I am a T2 and I follow a low carb/high protein meal plan. Using that I had eliminated the use of insulin (I know, NOT an option for you) lowered my A1c to 5.5 and maintained my BG numbers in the normal ranges, and I lost 65 lbs of fat. within 5 mo. In fact I thought I was looking rather gaunt for a while so I added some fat to my intake and that gaunt look corrected itself.

That kind of meal plan might be something which you may find useful in lowering your weight. If you think that this might be the way for you to go, I had written up my meal plan and will be willing to share the link to it if you ask.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Drea39 2014-04-03 18:05:48 -0500 Report

Hi guys. I am going to definitely going to check out your suggestions. I am on a low carb diet currently. James I would love to see your diet plan. Thanks and GB2U2

jayabee52 2014-04-04 01:33:17 -0500 Report

Howdy Drea

Here's the link to my meal plan ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu.... Would you please do me the kindness of reviewing the plan and post any reactions to it in that discussion.
It may at first seem like it may be a bit extreme, but once one gets used to eating no bread it is worth it IMHO, because the insulin needs go down due to the lowered carb intake and you start burning fat for fuel and weight should come off. At least it did for me. .

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-02 20:37:28 -0500 Report

Go on you tube and look for wheelchair exercises or at the hospital ask if you could speak with a physical therapist.

JaredLahti 2014-04-02 10:11:39 -0500 Report

Wow. That's a tough deck of cards. Are you able to use a swimming pool? If so I would suggest swimming. Otherwise the only thing I can think if off the top of my head would be weights as that is something you could do in the chair. Is your wheelchair manual or electric? If it's manual that could be a heck of a workout in and of itself.

Drea39 2014-04-02 12:39:59 -0500 Report

I wish I could go in a pool. I can't go with the open blister plus I hv the pic line in my arm I can't get wet. And it's manual I keep telling everyone I will have super toned arms. Lol

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