Go For a Walkby Sylvia Pedley on 10/29/17
Everyday we complete little tasks as part of our daily lives; things we learned as children that now as adults we take for granted. Things we need not stop and think how to do but that now come second nature. We do them without thinking. Once learned they are ingrained into our lives and not thought about again.
Simple tasks like walking.
We walk using coordinated signals from the brain, i.e. mainly the motor cortex and the cerebellum.
“Walking is defined by an 'inverted pendulum' gait in which the body vaults over the stiff limb or limbs with each step. This applies regardless of the number of limbs—even arthropods, with six, eight or more limbs, walk.”-Wikipedia
So, what if one day you woke to find your motor skills waning……. your body getting weaker daily until the moment that you find that no matter how hard your brain is telling you to move, your legs aren’t getting the message.
Would you panic. Would you rub the legs and think maybe they are just tired or ‘asleep’? So, you keep trying to push your thoughts to make the proper signals to get your legs to respond. Still nothing.
You can no longer do that function you fought so hard as a baby to learn. They ability that made you and your parents proud when you took those first steps. All that hard work.
You deny this can be happening. You think you should just be able to swing your legs and stand up, then walk, why you lament can’t you.
It is a devastating feeling.
I have been there and don’t want to go back; I will never take being able to walk for granted again. I don’t care if I must use a walker for the rest of my life.
Never again will I complain about having to walk somewhere.
I am just glad that I can.