Baby steps: learning to stand, walk, and sit at age 32

It’s a natural progression: babies learn to roll over, then to crawl, then to stand, then to walk.  Easy, right?  Apparently not.

A couple years ago I was in physical therapy, having knotted muscles worked on, when my physical therapist decided I was ready for the next step: learning to stand.  Now, I’d been standing for years.  Sure, I never crawled, but I did go through all of those other stages, and I knew how to stand.  Yeah, it was painful to stand for more than a minute or so, but it’s not like I didn’t know how to do it.  Well, apparently I didn’t.

It turns out I’d been standing wrong my entire life!  I was putting my weight on the wrong part of my feet and that was throwing everything off!  This was quite a shock.  So I started working on how to stand and walk.  And it turns out I needed to work on sitting too – I was sitting on the wrong part of my ass.  This sounds like a joke to some people, but I swear it’s the truth.  Some of you may even be dealing with the same problem.

Eventually I “graduated” enough that I could work on the exercises at home.  I made some progress, but then the fatigue hit me last year and I stopped doing my exercises altogether.  So now I’m back in PT, trying to regain what I’ve lost.  And today, we worked once again on how to stand properly.  It’s infuriating to have to think about how I’m standing!  Then she had me walk around the room, and I had to think about how to do that too!

I’m perfectly happy to do this, of course, if it works.  I just really hope it works!  And in the meantime, I feel like a one-year-old all over again.

Head up, chin down, belly in, hips even, weight on heel, and…. go!


If you can relate to this, please pass it along and share the camaraderie!  Thanks!

2 Responses to Baby steps: learning to stand, walk, and sit at age 32

  1. abcsofra says:

    OK, don’t think me mean but I was smiling at this post. And yes, I have no doubt about any of it. I bet I should learn to walk and sit correctly as well. I think with chronic illnesses we tend to over compensate and thus throw us all out of kilter so to say. I know I can lean, wobble, hither to and fro in my efforts to just keep moving some days. I have no doubt I am messing up my feng shui (sp). High five to you for getting into pt and keeping at it!

    • chronicrants says:

      I’m glad it gave you a smile. Sometimes this stuff feels so ridiculous, I just have to laugh at it. Thanks for your support! It’s tough going back to the basics, but I think it’ll help.

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