In recent weeks, both of my young adult sons have, separately, encouraged me to begin walking regularly, sure that’s all I need to feel better. I agree with them that walking routinely would be helpful and it is a goal, but it’s not the cure. If I’m having a good day, I can handle stairs occasionally throughout the day, all the way into the evening. A couple of 15-20 minute chore sessions are tolerable. If I’m feeling so-so, two or three trips on stairs is all I’ve got and housework is hit or miss. Unfortunately, I’m frequently unable to ascend or descend even once. On such a day, I look around at all the chores need to be done and hope I can get to them tomorrow.
I know my sons are encouraging me out of love. I also realize they’re just now really tuning into the chronicity of my pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Based on my personal experience, I’ll continue with my stretching exercises, getting outside in our yard most days, and completing chores as able. If I took off on a walk by myself, I’m afraid I might not make it home!