Heidi's Story
accredited exercise physiologist
Heidi's Story

Two years ago, Heidi (aged 52) began to rapidly lose weight without explanation. After losing 20kgs and only weighing 47kgs, Heidi was a skeleton of her former self. Heidi lacked energy and was beginning to fear the worst for her health. After numerous tests, Heidi was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes Mellitus and was treated accordingly. However, after not seeing any improvements and not being happy with her diagnosis, Heidi sought a second opinion from a specialist. The specialist then came to the conclusion that Heidi was a Type 1.5 Diabetic – her symptoms were of a Type I but her age suggested Type II. She was then linked in with a dietitian in community health who referred onto me for Exercise Physiology services.

 

When I first met Heidi for her initial assessment, she was considerably de-conditioned and would fatigue very easily. She explained how she didn’t have the energy to go for walks or do the house work. She was no longer able to work or do the things she enjoyed. Her self-esteem was at a low and she stated the she hated looking in the mirror because all she saw was loose wrinkly skin.

eidi has regained her self-confidence and always has a smile from ear to ear when she comes in for her exercise sessions.

Heidi’s goals were the increase her strength to perform activities of daily living, to gain muscle mass to feel better about the way she looked and to regain the energy needed for a good quality of life. Heidi began weekly AEP sessions in the centre and I prescribed her with a home exercise program which she performed diligently.

 

Within weeks, Heidi started to feel like herself again, she had more energy and was back out in the garden. Since beginning her exercises, Heidi has been able to paint her fence, mow the lawns and vacuum the house, all tasks that seemed way too tiresome in the past. Heidi has regained her self-confidence and always has a smile from ear to ear when she comes in for her exercise sessions. Heidi is now leading a normal lifestyle and is looking forward to re-entering the workforce.

 

Story from Stephanie Binder, AEP

Email stephanie.binder@monashhealth.org

Website http://www.monashhealth.org/page/Monash_Health_Community