Showing posts with label Health & Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health & Fitness. Show all posts

Saturday, 14 March 2020

A Weight Off My Mind – 14/3/2020

A Weight Off My Mind – 14/3/2020
It’s Saturday 14th March 2020.

Today I attended the Everlast Fitness Club with Julian (Support Worker).

We concentrate on working with weights on Saturdays. We always start with the Bench Press exercise. From my perspective this is one of the most challenging disciplines as a consequence of my brain injury, I have co-ordination, sequencing and balance difficulties, therefore, I’m at most risk of being crushed to death when lifting the weights from laying down of the bench. Julian always stands behind me and the rack ready to take the weight from me and put it back on the rack. The ‘crushing’ problem was almost proved today when I decided to go for a new Personal Best lift without Julian being in position. I forgot to wait for Julian to get into position, I attempted the lift but the jump up in weight caught me off guard, thankfully Julian was already getting into position and was quick to react, grabbing the bar and putting it back. 

We ended our session with both Julian and I achieving new personal bests. 

Health & Fitness are very important aspects of my life. From a physical and mental well-being perspective and in respect of goal setting. 

The downside is that working out causes an increase in seizures.
David J. Di Palma, A Survivor & Proud


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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Quicker than Linford Christie - 12/3/2020

Quicker than Linford Christie – 12/3/2020

It’s Thursday 12th March 2020.

Support Worker Claire has been put through her paces today. We attended the gym for our health and mental well-being session, Claire achieved a New Personal Best on the Tread Mill. The gym visit was followed by a visit to Subway for lunch. I ordered a foot-long steak and cheese on Hearty Italian, tea to drink and a packet or crisps. The plan was to eat half and to save half for my evening snack. That plan went out of the window, as I was hungrier than I first thought and so the food was demolished quite quickly. 

Next onto Leicester Aquatics for some Neon Tetra (small Tropical Fish). A quantity of ten fish were purchased for my new fish tank, although once more Claire was tested when I purposely sneaked off to see how alert she was. At 6’ 1” tall I can move quicker than Linford Christie, blink and I’ve disappeared. I may fall over a lot due to balance issues, but I can still move very swiftly.

Claire being alert to the impromptu test promptly found me, before I even got out of the store. It is always good to test one’s team members to see if they are alert (he says with a smile). In all seriousness, team members can’t take their eye off the ball otherwise I’m likely to wander off in a disorientated state especially in busy environments. 

Thankfully Claire is always alert, so no harm done. 

Once the ‘test’ was complete we returned to the office to carry out administration tasks.
Feeling exhausted now and having experienced a seizure just before Support Worker Dipak arrived for duty it’s time to rest. 

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Friday, 21 February 2020

An Achievement of Epic Proportions

21/02/2020 .
Today I attended the Braunstone Leisure Centre with my Support Worker (Dipak).
I was on a mission to beat my Personal Best of twenty minutes on the rowing machine.
I set my target to thirty minutes. At fifty-five minutes in I really needed to stop. Being so close to doubling my thirty-minute target I was determined to push on. I set a new Personal Best of sixty-two minutes. One hour and two minutes. To say that I’m pleased is an understatement.
An achievement of epic proportions.
I know I will experience seizures later on but going to the gym is good for my overall well-being, so I carry on regardless.
My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Survivor and Proud.
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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Support Worker Claire and I Achieve Personal Bests at the Gym

Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Had a seizure and fall this afternoon.

20th February 2020. 15.00
Had a seizure and fall this afternoon.
This is somewhat frustratingly expected.
This after this morning’s gym session with Support Worker Dipak. This morning I set a new Personal Best of 51:23 on the Cross Trainer. On 01/01/2020 I couldn’t manage three minutes.
Exercise leads to an increase in falls and seizures but exercise is good for one’s mental health therefore one carries on regardless.
I always want to be an improvement on yesterday.
Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Not a great start to the day but we won't let that stop us!!! (18/02/20)

David J. Di Palma - Brain Injury Survivor 

For the past 2 days, David has not received his regular welfare check through his sheltered housing life line intercom service, which he is supposed to have every single day to ensure that he is well and safe.

Thankfully, when Claire (Support Worker) arrived for her shift in the morning she found David to be well.  Claire has now raised an incident with the service provider.  Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will receive his call tomorrow as normal.  We will be informed on where the the system failed, once the incident has been investigated and reported back to us.  This is very important not just for David but for other service users as well, therefore, David will pursue this concern in his capacity as Elected Councillor.

Once this was dealt with they headed to the gym where Claire achieved a new personal best on the cross-trainer of 41 minutes (see photo)

David & Claire set new personal best of gym session of 100 minutes and subsequently aching like mad, afterwards.  Although, David was very unsteady on his feet, both were feeling accomplished.

Remainder of the time with Claire was spent doing Admin work, until I arrived at 4.30 to carry on where Claire left off.

Dipak (Support Worker) on behalf of David Di Palma 


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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Night Time - Flashbacks & Seizures

David Di Palma, Brain Injury Survivor, Surviving One Day at a Time - Flashbacks 
Sunday 16th February 2020

It is Sunday 16th February 2020 and the time is 00:18
Nights are the worse time for me. I experience flashbacks to the historical abuse more at night than at any other time of the day. More often than not I sleep with a Night Light on to make me feel safer. 

Nights are also a challenging time because my brain has difficulty in ‘switching off’. As a consequence of my brain injury the day’s events go around and around my mind, the events unable to take residence in a memory cell because I have difficulty with short term memory. I record the day’s events by keeping a diary, a written record of events, this blog is one such record. Don’t misunderstand what I’ve just said. I’m not making a conscious decision to refrain from ‘switching off’, I’m trying to ‘switch off’ but I can’t. I’m certainly tired enough to ‘switch off’ and to go to sleep but my health circumstances prevent this happening. 

Night time I frequently experience seizures. The episodes cause me to lose feeling down the left side of my body. During and after the episode my speech becomes slurred, I’m unable to move and I have been known to lose control of my bladder, without knowing it. Of course seizures occur during the daytime too, but, at night more often than not the outcomes and symptoms are worse because of exhaustion and lack of care and support staff to help me at night.

As I write this I have a burning sensation located in the right temple. The sensation starts in the right temple and spreads across my forehead. The sensation is like a spreading wildfire. Concentration is becoming more difficult. I’m losing the feeling down my right side of my body, I don’t think I’ll be able to write much more. 

When I type this up from my notebook I’ll type it up as it is. It’s important that my readers and followers understand the situation in an unedited way. I’ve lost track of what I was saying now. I’m trying to speak but the words are slurred. I’m dribbling too. I feel like you would do if you were under the influence of alcohol but I don’t drink alcohol. 

I’ve created a blog template to make uploading content easier but I’m not sure what I was telling you about now. It’s dark but I don’t know what time it is. I’m feeling exhausted and I’m not sure if I’ve wet myself or I’m just perspiring. 

I’m a Brain Injury Survivor and Proud.

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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Dennis - The blog that blows!

Saturday the 15th February 2020.

It was an early cold and rainy start to the weekend today, as Julian arrived at 8.30am, ready for a weights session at the gym. The gym session was a successful and productive one, as new levels of performance were met. Increased weight for the dumbbell press was achieved, and I felt really energised after this, both mentally and physically.

Storm Dennis was brewing and had an effect on the local residents of Braunstone Town,in particular supermarket shoppers. Trolleys were out of control in the Sainsbury's car park, as shoppers tried to handle the gushing winds (40mph).

In line with continued gym use, the healthy eating regime continues. Fruit and vegetables were on the menu replacing the former chocolate and sweet arsenal. As we left Sainsburys, a gust of wind blew an apple out of my bag, and fortunately, narrowly missed a senior citizen that was approaching.

After the chaos of Storm Dennis, Julian and I finally made it back home. A cup of coffee was well deserved. (lovely!)

One final task was due and that was to compare and select the best energy tariff. We all know that looking at energy tariffs is confusing, and the trust in suppliers, isn't the best. However, from the help of Julian's expertise, we found a deal which was cost efficient and from a supplier, that I felt comfortable in being with.

To summarise, today's events were productive.
Take care all, Until next time!

Julian (on behalf of David)

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