Appreciate the thoughts. I’m all over the mobility thing. Have work to do work on my back and shoulder especially before really lifting again. 4 years ago had horrific back pain (lying on the floor 72 hours, crawling to bathroom type). MRI/x-rays at the time showed a bit of degeneration and bit of mild herniation. Doctor said these had nothing to with pain. Problem was SI joint inflammation from too much sitting (even though I’m more active than most people I have a 8-10 hour a day desk job and 1.5-2 hr total driving commute).
Worked with a fantastic PT who did some manipulation and got me on a bunch of mobility drills. Generally felt good until the sepsis. Apparently sepsis causes inflammation in what it finds as vulnerable body parts and it went after my lower back and shoulder. I had go to the hospital via ambulance because I physically could not get up due to back pain. Back pain is getting better and now that I have an IV port out of my arm I’m seeing the same PT to work on my back before I can really lift any. Good news is the MRI and x-ray I had at the hospital show no structural changes in 4 years.
I had a shoulder operation in April (subacromial decompression) and just got released for PT with permission to do anything I wanted a week before the sepsis hit. Inflammation in the shoulder made it sound like rubbing 2 bricks together when I moved it (not to mention pain). I had to keep the arm fairly still as that is where the IV port was so went about 4.5 weeks without much movement. Lost much of the range of motion I got back after surgery and the first PT. Starting that up again.
Also agree on the diet. Doctor suggested extra protein. I addition to regular meals I’m getting about 100 extra grams of from 4 low calorie whey drinks (about 25g per 100 calories so pretty good bang for the buck) as my activity level doesn’t support a bunch of extra calories yet.
Don’t know what really caused this. Doctor is pretty sure strep bacteria infection festered in my sinuses (was told I have a chronic sinus problem which I never really knew about) and got to bloodstream. Not diabetic and not on any prescription meds except testosterone gel at age 57.
Acquaintance from the gm working on EMT certification to get on with the fire department was working as a nurse’s aid on my floor. After I was recovering he told me he saw sepsis that wasn’t as bad as what I had kill people. His opinion was I was damn lucky I’ve been working out for 40 years or so and my heart, lungs and other important stuff were strong enough to fight it off with the help of the antibiotics.
Speaking of mobility, have you seen Joe DeFranco’s Limber 11?
Almost 20 minute video, great coaching cues.