My personal method – Dianne L
Keep your mind occupied. I’m learning Italian, belong to a book club, creating a website (here and another one), doing an online autobiography course, and contributing to Zonta my service club where I feel able to.
Balance rest with activity. OK, I’ll confess I don’t always do this but I do try. I don’t always get the afternoon rest that I would like but I sometimes feel worse when I get up after a rest so instead of going to bed I put my feet in my recliner and watch a little TV especially now when the tennis is on.
Sleep. I aim for 8 hours but usually get about 6, usually from midnight or later on. That’s when I sleep best. If I’m still awake after 2 hours I sometimes take a light sleeping pill if I know I need to be OK the next day. I sleep much better now I am on lower doses of prednisone.
Exercise. I bought myself a treadmill so I can walk at home at any time of the day and in my nightie if I feel like it. Walking outside can be difficult because I often feel off balance and I’ve had quite a few falls. I’ve joined a balance and strengthening class with an exercise physiotherapist. We meet once a week and do gentle exercises.
Social interaction. Lunch with friends every Sunday, my Italian and Balance classes, two Zonta meetings a month – keep me in touch and force me to go out when most times I’d rather stay at home. Skype calls to family, phone calls and emails are a wonderful way to keep in touch with the outside world. For phone calls, I sit in my recliner. For skype I use a headphone so I don’t have to hold up the phone which is tiring. Talking can be tiring too so pick your moment to make the phone calls. I find emailing less tiring.
Diet. Perhaps we need to do this one in more detail later, but in the meantime, I keep to a sometimes boring but healthy regimen. This is because the Prednisone has caused me to succumb to Diabetes 2 but diet controlled When you live alone as I do, it is easier to stick to a routine. For me that is – Oats for breakfast; main meal at lunch (to help with digestion) of vegetables, fish or sometimes chicken; and usually Ryvita biscuits (crackers maybe for the US people) and piles of salad on top for my night meal.
I have found that white potatoes, bread, rice and pasta (all of which I’ve loved for years) all put the sugar readings up. Please don’t take this as an ideal diet for you. I have found this works for me.