I’ll say it again….I was very, very ,very lucky in that I could walk shortly after I stroked. Some people can’t walk for a long, long time – or ever. So whenever I walk, downward slopes are MUCH harder. This was always the case for orthopedic injuries too. After a total knee replacement, going down steps is always a lot harder for people than going up. There is a reason for this physiologically which I won’t bore you with (it has to do with the way the muscles work when going down) and I’m assuming that reason is the same with my weak muscles now. I don’t know if anything else is going on neurologically that would make it harder to go down. I don’t think so. When I came home from the hospital, I took a lot of walks outside. I have really awesome neighbors, just thought I’d throw that in there. Anyway, on our street there is a slope, that’s all it is – the road is slightly sloped. Well, for a long time that slope felt like a mountain to me. Whoever was walking with me would walk backwards in front of me down the slope in case I fell. This is not the case anymore. Going down is still harder but I don’t need to be guarded on my way down, and it certainly doesn’t feel like a mountain anymore. It feels like the road is sloped and it’s harder to go down.
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