Within the first year, I spoke to a physiotherapist who I like to call “Physio Steve”. He taught me a simple tool to use so I would recognize when I was overextending myself, when I could push myself a little more or when I was trying to describe to others how I rated my symptoms at the time.
Red light – Full on symptoms, needing to lay down
Yellow light – Feeling my symptoms but I was able to still function. For me, this yellow zone grows or shrinks everyday. When the yellow zone is larger for me, I can accomplish more tasks. When my yellow zone is getting close to reaching the Red zone, I need to back off of what I’m doing and take a break to keep myself in the yellow zone.
Green light – No symptoms