1…2…3…4…5, flex this muscle, bend this knee, twenty reps of this, five of that. This has become a part of my daily routine since being scheduled for knee replacements a few weeks ago.
It is all part of a pre-surgery physical therapy regimen meant to increase range of motion and improve strength in my legs. After a brief session with a physical therapist I am able to do these exercises in the comforts of my home and don’t have to travel the 15-20 minutes to the nearest rehab facility (which I will have to do three times a week for at least five weeks following surgery).
Two times a day I grab my iPhone, put some music on, and start doing rep after rep. Twenty to thirty minuets later I move to my recliner and wrap my knees in ice for twenty minutes to help alleviate some pain and keep down any potential swelling.
There are days that I just don’t have the energy to do the therapy, days that I would rather just sit on my couch and not add any extra pain or stress on top of the regular pain and stress that I have on a daily basis. On these days I just have to push through and remind myself that being lazy is not an option. It is not going to be an option after the surgery because if I am lazy and do not do the therapy as instructed then I will severely limit the longevity of my new hardware, which is not something I want to do.
Laziness post-surgery will allow scar tissue to form which will limit my range of motion and create new pain within the joint. It will also mean that I will have to have reconstructive surgery sooner rather than later, and I really hope to not have to go through the surgery ever again. Laziness will mean that my new lease on life that I am so looking forward to will only be short lived and will not live up to my expectations.
Laziness pre-surgery will mean that I will not be as strong as possible nor will I be properly prepared for what is to come after surgery. Most of the exercises that I am performing now will be a part of my post-surgery therapy. So getting my body used to these exercises now will not put as much shock on it when doing them after surgery and will allow me to focus on doing the new exercises correctly.
So being lazy I will not allow myself to be. I plan to do everything in my power to exceed all of my doctors and physical therapist expectations. Of course I will do this while following their guidance so that I don’t do more harm than good.
While there is more pain, and icing my knees down is a bit of an added nuisance I am not going to let that slow me down. I am sure that I will have my good and bad days leading up to and even after surgery but in the end it will all be worth it. All the hard work, pain, and suffering will be worth the new lease on life that I am being granted. I just have to remember that nothing in life comes easily, and that if I put in the hard work then I will be able to do whatever I wish and it will all be worth it.