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Will it be easy?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Will it be easy? NOPE. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY.

FIrst, I must thank all you marvelous Spark pals for your kind and awesome words yesterday about my physical therapy appointment. You always lift my spirits, and yesterday, reading all you wrote made a great day even better.

So, here's the summary of my physical therapy appointment.

I got there at about 10 to fill out paperwork. The woman at the desk told me that all "first time guests" needed to fill this out. I told her I had been there last year. She said, no, I remember everyone, you have not been here (isn't there always one of these everywhere, and WHY are they interacting with the publc??). I mentioned that I had lost some weight, and she shook her head, no, don't know you.

So, I filled out the paperwork, and gave it to her to give to Angie, the director there. Angie, after about five minutes came out and said, well, look at you. I smiled and said, great to see you Angie. She said, how long ago did you have your surgery? Three weeks, I told her. WOW. So she asked me what exercise I was doing, and had me show her, then measured my progress.

As any of you know that have had knee replacements, there are two critical measurements. One is how close your knee can get to a flat surface when you are lying down and pushing it towards that surface. Zero means your knee is in full contact with that flat surface, and it is optimal. Second measurement is with a bent knee, again lying on your back. How much can you bend that knee. They want you to get to 110 degrees, so, past 90 to finish up physical therapy.

My meaurements were, flat knee zero, bent knee, 90 degrees. Good start!!

Then Stacy came in. She looked at me and got a big smile on her face and said, YOU DID IT!! Gave me a huge, warm hug. Then said, stepping back, what am I thinking, you just had surgery. I said, it was worth it, and didn't hurt a bit. She told me how impressed she was and how proud of me she was. It was so much fun, because she is a great gal and means what she says, and I really like her.

She then took me out for some exercise. One of them is just walking. I have been working on my walking, and Stacy is the one who showed me how to walk again without limping after my two months in a wheelchair. Body straight, shoulders back and square, heel-toe, heel-toe. Obviously, this becomes easier as you go on, but I did pretty good. She was walking behind me and looking at my stride, and said you are doing perfect but your shoulders are not square. She had me face a full length mirror and walk towards it, watching my shoulders. I have seriously not really looked in a full length mirror in a LONG time. I said to Stacy, this must be one of those fun-house type mirrors where you look taller and thinner than you are. She laughed and said, no Jane, you just look that good. (Debatable, but an awesome moment, nonetheless.)

So, it was a great day. I look forward to my next appointment, as I feel pretty strongly that I will be back at life by the time I am done with physical therapy.

I also got a release to start back at the gym on Monday, doing my yoga and swimming and riding the Nu-step knee bike. I couldn't be happier about that!!

Thanks again for making my day. It was a pretty special one all the way around.

Never worry about making things easy. Make sure you know that you are worth every single second of this effort. It feels really good.

Spark on.
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    Fantastic! You're such an inspiration.
    1826 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear how well you are doing, and that you are feeling so great about everything. Sounds like you won't need much physical therapy before you are ready to do all those things you want to do. Also, very happy to hear your therapists are so nice and supportive. emoticon
    1826 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • HOLLYM48
    Wow, it sounds like you are doing awesome! And those mirrors don't lie! You do look that great. Way to go on working those knees to keep getting stronger and stronger. That is just awesome that your recovery is going so well.
    Keep up the great work!
    1826 days ago
    I knew you were strong and determined, but still I'm surprised what a speedy recovery you are making. Fully functional knee, walking correctly and doing yoga a month after replacement is just amazing.

    And congrats to the full length mirror complimenting you!
    1826 days ago
    What an awesome PT visit!
    1826 days ago
    Let me make this clear: we didn't make your day. YOU DID. All we did was cheer you on. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

    I am so happy for you. What an awesome day to go to the physical therapy session barely needing it, and just three weeks after surgery. That blows me away! So did the woman at the front desk ever figure out who you were, or is she just totally clueless?

    I owe you an email! I will try to get to that soon. Right now I'm too busy doing the happy dance for my friend Jane!
    1827 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing! What an awesome day! So inspirational to all!
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    1827 days ago
    Glad things are getting better for you. Thanks for the inspiration!
    1827 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    You can't keep a good woman down and you are an emoticon woman!

    emoticon emoticon This warning is for Jane! Under no circumstances are you to climb on a trampoline and try a back flip emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13354694
    1827 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You, your progress, and your attitude are just AWESOME!

    emoticon And yes, there IS always "one of those everywhere. Good on you for not letting that energy suck you into a black hole.

    1827 days ago
    You are making fantastic progress but I'm not surprised. I wish I had just a tenth of the positive attitude that you have and the determination. I'm working on and you are a great role model!
    1827 days ago
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    1827 days ago
    Jane-- You are indeed an inspiration- and I am so happy for your success!
    By the way------ your blog has given me laughter for my day, Jane--!! LOL
    When you say, "Isn't there always one of these everywhere..............??"
    Yep, boneheads are everywhere, and too often they are interacting with the public!
    Can't help it; I am still laughing----
    1827 days ago
    I wish I was there to see the look in Stacy┬┤s eyes. You are one in a million. So happy that your physical therapy went well for you. I bet you can teach them alot on when a patient is dedicated as you are on the remarkable resukts you have made. It is all positive attitude and alot of will power. You give me so much strength.
    1827 days ago
    emoticon Wonderful that you're doing so well! And your doctor can SEE this!! emoticon
    1827 days ago
    emoticon Wow you are an inspiration. I knew you were doing awesome but it is always great to get reformation. I knew you therapist would be excited about your weight lose. emoticon That woman on the desk is so smug I don't understand people like that. We are not stupid, we know when and where we have been and what we have done. emoticon emoticon
    1827 days ago
    Holy guacamole! Already a release to do yoga and go back to the gym! HOW many ways can you say TOTALLY AWESOME!! I had a knee replacement in 2007, so as you say, those of us who have had one "get it". It's a lot of work recuperating (IMHO, the surgery is not all that bad -- was in less pain afterwards than before!) but man, you get your life back! Soooo glad to hear you got the chance to work with a familiar therapist AND had NSV's!

    For the record, that receptionist sounds like a nincompoop! HA

    Keep on walking girl. You're a rock star in my book!
    1827 days ago
    So glad you had such a great day (in spite of the numpty on the desk who thought she could remember faces better than you could remember where you've been!) And you're cleared to head back to the gym too - that's wonderful news!!

    The caption sums you up Jane. You never ever pretend this is easy, but you are always clear that it is absolutely 100% worth it!
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    1827 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    1827 days ago

    What a wonderful start to this stage of your PT. My dentist has a practice of delivering a positive message each time I visit, it is very effective.
    So you know already with this triumphant return, your PT is going to go well and you are giving yourself the best possible opportunity to recover as completely as possible.
    1827 days ago
    Jane....YOU ROCK !!! .....good for you and all the "good " reports. I know you will just be stepping things up from here on. Best to you.
    1827 days ago
    Wow! You are such an inspiration, Jane! Congratulations on your success!
    1827 days ago
    Congrats on your physical therapy! I'm glad everything went okay! Spark on and keep up the good work!
    1827 days ago
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