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Friday, December 2, 2022


Some days, the simple acts of waking, performing my morning ablutions and getting dressed really need to count as rehab exercising.

I got another get vaccinated message from MGH. I’ve had four so far. The first was the Johnson and Johnson which was a one shot/all in one deal versus two like Moderna and Pfizer.  My last booster was in September. I’ll check in with my PCP before having another shot BUT if it’s time for another one I will,. Of course I will—I'm not an idiot AND I plan on living a bit longer.

The note from MGH said that it's particularly important to be boosted if I fall into any of these eleven categories:

Cancer—No, I don’t have cancer BUT the chemo pill I’m on is primarily used in battling lung cancer. It’s been clinically proven effective in reducing my kind of tumors,  (though results aren’t in yet as to whether they’re working for me specifically). At any rate, the pill weakens my bod’s ability to fight off nasty shit.
Chronic kidney disease—I don’t have kidney disease but those babies are compromised by Nf2.
Chronic liver disease—No liver disease BUT I do have a hemangioma (noncancerous tumor) camped out in my liver. Thrilling, no?
x Chronic lung diseases
x Cystic fibrosis
Dementia or other neurological conditions—NO on dementia (YEA!), yes, absolument on the neurological front.
Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
Disabilities: A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions).
x Heart conditions
x HIV infection
Immunocompromised condition or weakened immune system
Awesome...I fit into six of the categories. Just fucking lovely.
All in all, this past week has been an utter wash out in the rehab exercise advancement department. I’d high hopes—I was gonna walk faster and farther, do more on balance training. Man, I was gonna be walking along the seawall without the rollator. Two steps forward is always followed by one or more steps back. Ah well, there’s always tomorrow.

And speaking of rollators, I came across an all-terrain version which includes an attachable long gun bag. How convenient!
The rifle bag attaches to the main frame and it relieves your back. The seat is of course very practical when waiting for your prey. (source)
This is perfect for all your death dealing yet mobility challenged loved ones. Makes a great Christmas present!

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