We have medical insurance which covers expenses up to a certain amount every year. There is then a “self-payment gap”, which means that we have to pay for everything ourselves up to a pre-determined amount in order to reach an “above-threshhold benefit” that guarantees payment from the medical insurance until the end of the year. (If this is confusing, welcome to the club.)
Anyway, the reason for this post is just to say that, regardless of the current situation where we cannot afford to pay over R1,000 a week for therapists, I have devised my own exercise plan to replace the therapist sessions. YouTube and Google have been a help but there are other movements that I need to make and I continue to work towards achieving those. My pincer grip on both hands, for example, remains weak but it’s definitely improving with all the funny, little exercises that I do. My hamstring muscles are finally coming to the party after years and years of effort. Nothing major YET but I can finally lift my rear end off the wheelchair about an inch without help. It really just is a case of repetition, repetition, repetition.
It’s foolhardy to think that one occupational therapy session and one biokinetist session per week are going to make a difference. They don’t. You must exercise every day. The therapy sessions are more of a guide to what should be done and an assessment of progress. With GBS, you only progress if you constantly work at it. Yes, I don’t see progress every week, but people who don’t see me for a while always notice the improvements. And that’s what I’m aiming to do now – surprise my therapists when next the insurance starts paying again!
Gary Player, the veteran golfer, adapted an aphorism from fellow golfer Jerry Barber. Gary has been quoted many times as saying “the harder I practice, the luckier I get”. Isn’t that true of most things in life? We have to really work at what we want – be it good grades, success, a good marriage, a happy family life, fitness and good health. None of it will happen unless we put in the work.
So, to everyone out there, even though you may not see change in the short term, continue to work at what you want to achieve long-term success.