Well, so much has happened since surgery day (July 25); thousands of elite athletes converged on London to compete for Olympic gold, Romney announced his running mate, and so much more. But more importantly my rehab has been going well.
Since the last update I have been going to outpatient therapy three times a week and they have been working me pretty hard. My flex has increased to almost 130 degrees bend, heck the therapist were all amazed that I was almost getting my heel to my butt yesterday when we were doing the measurements. They haven’t been measuring my extension but as we have worked on getting my legs to lay as flat as possible we have gotten to the point that there is no space between the back of my knee and the table (with a little assistance from the therapist). I’m sure that once I am able to obtain that on my own we will get the measurement that will be at 0 degrees, which is the goal.
As for everything else, I got permission on Monday to ditch the walker and go to a cane. This was a goal that I was definitely looking forward to, it’s just tough to look cool with a walker at the ripe age of 31.
Monday also marked the day that the radio show I do with my some of my hockey family was doing their first on-location broadcast. I had not planned on going since it was less than three weeks after surgery. I was a bit depressed knowing I was going to miss out on being there with my friends as they hosted the show but I didn’t think I could handle the drive over and being on my legs that much. But after therapy on Monday I was feeling pretty good and therefore decided that I would go and surprise everyone, and boy were they surprised when they saw me walk in with only a cane. We had a great show with great guest and it was definitely a nice pick me up, though I really felt it later that night and next day as I was exhausted and sore. Even though I had some pain it was all worth it to spend some time with friends and just get out of the house to go somewhere besides a doctors appointment or therapy.
Tuesday’s therapy was a bit tougher, my therapist is starting to push me harder and harder, but I survived and they are all amazed at my progress. I had a moment to talk with one of my therapist and he said that he could tell that I did my therapy before the surgery. He said it’s not only evident in how strong I was when I started but also in how I am dedicated to doing the exercises while I am not in therapy. So if I have one bit of advice for anyone that is preparing for surgery of their own it is to do the exercises that they tell you to do. This is for your benefit since all the exercises they have you doing before will be a part of your therapy after. So build up those muscles now to keep you from having so much pain after.
I still have three weeks of therapy before I head back to my to see my surgeon, and after talking with my therapist yesterday we want to make him say wow when he sees me. This will only happen if I continue to do as I am told and stick with the plan that my therapist are giving me. I feel blessed to have already passed all the requirements and every thing that I gain from here out is just gravy.