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New tricks for old dogs

23 Feb

I must be making progress in my rehab. My therapy exercises don’t hurt quite as much as they used to. Either I’m getting stronger or my pain threshold has increased. 😉

My therapist has added two new tricks to my portfolio—standing up and walking. Before you scoff, let me explain why they are a challenge.

Standing up – Since November, I have needed to sit in a chair with arms. I needed to push off the arms in order to stand up. Last week, John, my physical therapist, had me sit in a chair without arms. He told me to put my hands on my knees and just stand up. You have no idea how hard that is when one leg/hip is weak! I needed a rolling start just to get out of the chair. Once I got going, I could do it ten times, but I was huffing and puffing to complete the cycle. It’s now part of my daily routine.

Walking – Since the goal is to walk with one crutch by the end of February (next week), John had me start two weeks ago. Initially, I did it 2-3 times a day as part of my exercise routine. Last week, he suggested relying on one crutch when I am indoors. This week, I started going up to the third floor gym at church and doing 2-3 laps around the gym. On the one hand, it’s getting easier, but on the other hand, my leg is pretty tired by the end of the day. I still have a ways to go. And considering we are still in winter and our weather forecast is iffy, I may need two crutches out of doors just for safety and stability.

Again, gradual improvement to thank God for. Please keep praying.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Health, Personal growth

 

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