I think I am having one of the least interesting, and slowest paced recoveries posted on this website, and for that I am very happy. I’m doing my home based stretching exercises twice a day as recommended. Ankle pumps, heel slides, side slides, bridges and hamstring stretches. The most basic forms of movement. They get easier each time, but I still see benefit from them. Outpatient physical therapy twice a week, where they push me a little further each session. The sessions are difficult enough now, that they leave me a little tight and sore that day, but all of this is gone the following morning. Yesterday, 15 days after surgery, the PT was helping me learn to walk again unassisted. Slow walks of 20 yards or so, unassisted, with the PT helping me adjust my foot placement and stride. No trouble walking, but some difficultly taking even strides and placing the foot on my injured leg in front, instead of the the outside.I’m icing like crazy. On the days that I don"t have physical therapy, I
manage to do a couple of short walks outside with walking sticks as
support. I’m used to walking long distances in the mountains with
walking sticks, so using them is helping me recover my natural gait,
while giving me the support I need for safety. I don’t think I have
walked more than a quarter of a mile at any given time. I spend the rest
of the day puttering around the house, icing and sleeping. Getting tons
of rest. In fact I described my day to friend in the following way. I
eat, do PT, ice, rest, eat, walk, stretch, ice rest etc, all day every
day. I’m not using any machines for physical therapy yet, and won’t do
so until after my three week check up next week.
I am now able to sleep a bit on my un-operated side. Getting 5 to 6
hours of sleep a night. Napping to make up for it in the daytime.
Eatting much more and much more often than I did prior to surgery. Not
gaining any weight, so I know my body is using massive amounts of
calories just for healing. The only medication I take now is two tylenol
before physical therapy, and sometimes two tylenol before bed, if the
day has left me sore and stiff. Calcium and iron supplements as
recommended by Dr. Rector.
I have not made any large improvements, nor taken any significant steps
in my recovery. Everything is happening very slowly, but improvements
are noticeable. The PT’s measure both my strength and range of motion
each session to enable us to document the improvement. Strength and
range of motion are improving with each session. What a surprise right?
I wanted to share my most uninteresting recovery story with recent
Hippys and soon to be Hippys. I am following the home based PT program
carefully, and working hard at outpatient PT. Lots of good food, rest
and ice. It’s working, and I am slowly getting my mobility back. I
expect to be walking with a cane for another week. Dr. Rector will see
me on December 22nd, and based upon what he sees, we’ll decide if I
should keep using the cane or go on without it. He can also help me
decide if its time to start using some machines like the elliptical
trainer or stationary bike.
I have nothing interesting to report!