“Seeing the finish line and having the strength to reach it. It’s what we do.” -unknown
I’m not sure that I’m looking for the “finish line”, because my goals are bigger than just reaching a line and stopping. However, I have definitely set myself up with small water station goals along the way and I’ve already stopped at a few!
I’m 8 weeks post-op and currently walking at 100% weight bearing without the boot and/or any extra assistance. Can I get a whoop whoop!!! I am wearing a neoprene ankle brace to help with swelling and rubbing along the incision site. My walk is cushioned with a small limp that I’ve taken to as just some extra swagger, a nice strut, it adds character lol
While I may not love the limp, I love having my hands free from crutches and the 8lbs or so that “fell” off when I removed the boot.
So, what have I been up to?
Well, besides working and normal “life” stuff, I’ve been going to Physical Therapy 3x a week for 2 hours a session. It’s a lot, but I absolutely love it and I love my therapist Jen even more.
Is it painful? – Sometimes.
Is it hard? – All the time.
Is it exhausting? – Amazingly enough, yes.
Is it frustrating? – Of course.
I’d by lying if I said otherwise. However, is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Not only am I making huge progress, regaining my freedom, and building back my confidence. I’m also “back to the gym”, working up a sweat, pushing myself, and challenging my body. It’s everything I love!
What does a typical session look like?
At this point, I first sit on the table and Jen takes measurements of my ankle to check on swelling, as well as actual degrees of mobility (in all directions). She then usually works on my foot, ankle, and leg for about 35 minutes. It’s all hands on massage where she is trying to break up knots, loosen the muscles, move around swelling, break up scar tissue, regain mobility, and manually shifting my ankle joint from locking. After the hands on work I head to the bike for 10 minutes to warm-up followed by stretching, isometric holds, and inversion, eversion, dorsiflexion, plantar flexion exercises. I’ve been mastering intrinsic muscle movements like grabbing marbles with my toes and placing them into a bucket. The last few sessions I have also been doing lateral walking with tubing around my legs, squats with an 8lb medicine ball, seated leg press with 70lbs, leg raises, butt bridges, and a few other core exercises. My session always ends with 10 minutes on the table hooked up to Game Ready (an active compression and cold therapy system.)
It’s truly amazing how quickly our body loses strength and muscle tone. Hello, 70lb leg press, that’s way less than what I would normally do for a single leg press. But….It is what it is and it’s where I am right now, so I’m not upset or frustrated, I’m thrilled that today I increased from the 50lb press I had been doing last week!
Healing is a process both mentally and physically. This is my time to restore my health, focus on my goals, and to know that I AM STRONG ENOUGH TO GET THERE!
Keep persevering with everything that YOU do because it’s what WE DO!