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.