Here today on October 6 and I look ahead to October 18 when I will be embarking on pulse 27. That sounds so calm when I'm anything but calm about it. Pulse 26 took me from being ambulatory to having to use a wheelchair and/or walker. It wasn't something I was expecting to happen, it was pulse 26. I had pulsed for over 2 years and yes, I had a little bit of heat and heaviness in my legs but by and large was able to get around and be fully functional through pulses. Pulse 26 was far different.
I have taken off the month of September to give myself more recovery time from pulse 26. I don't know if that was a good or bad move in the long run, maybe it won't make a difference in the long run but that's what I did. It was the easy choice after pulse 26. I was in dire need of a break and I took one.
I've only slowly been ramping back up to where I was prior to pulse 26, gaining the ability to use a walker rather then a wheelchair after about a month and still using it. I think that I may be able to get around without the walker in a few more weeks, maybe. It's a safety net, for sure, and it's so nice to have one. I haven't skinned a knee, elbow, or forearm in weeks. Those of you who know me and have read my blog will know that is quite a change over what I had been going through. It's been a nice break in that regard.
But pulse 27 in looming. My plan is to start it on or about on October 18, about 2 months since I started pulse 26. Will it be as hard as pulse 26? I don't know and I'm quite worried about it. Only time will tell. Pulse 27 was far harder then any pulse I've ever been through.
One good thing through it all has been that I've made some good friends both here and in my daily life that I didn't have before. It's still quite new and I hesitate to call it my safety net as I've never had one before and am a bit nervous about thinking that I'll have one. Not something I'm used to having but I'm not complaining, I'm glad to find myself thinking about one, trying to decide if I have one where before I knew without thinking that I didn't. Things have changed in positive ways and I hope that trend continues and pulse 27 just continues the trend.