Today started off being slow…well, that is ME being slow. Getting out of bed is still pretty challenging since the surgery. Nothing hurts as long as I just don’t move. However, I have a dog that is not toilet trained and hasn’t learned how to cook yet (she’s only 11…I’m sure she will pick it up sometime soon). 🙂 I’ve been blessed as my mom has been coming over in the mornings before she goes to work to let my baby girl out. That gives me time to figure out how to get out of bed and then make it to the facilities myself.
I finally got going and started work, and then I realized…CRAP! I had a therapy session at 0700 this morning. Why 0700?? Because my mom and nephew have been taking me to therapy and I’ve been scheduling my appointments around their availability. Being it was 0815, I definitely missed that appointment. I called them up, profusely apologized and asked if I could get in sometime today. They said they had an appointment at 1300 (that’s 1pm for you civilians) so I took it. That meant that I couldn’t take any pain meds as I was going to have to drive.
First day of driving after almost 3.5 weeks. I had surgery on my right knee…I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to move my foot from the gas to the brake fast enough if I had to. The other thing I didn’t think about was the act of getting in my car. I drive a Dodge Intrepid. If you have ever seen one, you know they sit low to the ground. Not the best car to have when you have bad knees (which is why I’m starting to look for a new mode of transportation). I got downstairs and unlocked the car. I opened the door and thought, ugh…how am I going to get in here!!?? Well, I did the sit and turn (no, silly, not sit and spin). It did take me a while to get in, but I did it. Whew! I practiced in the parking spot moving my foot from the gas to the brake and back to make sure I could do it. I definitely didn’t want to hurt anyone else during the process of driving to my appointment.
Needless to say I made it just fine to my appointment. I was able to do a complete revolution in under 30 seconds. Yay!! I did 5 minutes on the stationary bike and then the therapist advised that we were going to work on stretching and stairs. I haven’t done stairs since my surgery. Well, I go up/down the stairs all the time as I live on the second floor, but it’s just one step at a time. I was very nervous and pretty scared that it was going to hurt like the dickens. We started with stretching. She had me put my right foot up on the second step up and then had me do a forward lunge in as far as I could. I would hold that for 15 seconds and then straighten completely out. I did about 10 of those.
Then it was time to conquer the stairs. We started with just one. I would put my right foot up on the first step, just my leg as much as possible and allow my arms to help me get up. Then I would bring my left foot up to the same step and relax. I was surprised at how little it hurt. The hardest part was getting the muscles to remember to do what they are supposed to do. You would think that would be easy…but, believe me, it is very challenging. Then I had to take a step down backwards leading with my good leg. It took a lot of work to get that right knee to bend when it was supposed to. Even my ankle was more stiff than I expected. I did 10 of those.
The therapist then advised me it was time to go all the way up to the top step. There are only 4 steps…but it may as well have been 4,000. It looked too challenging. However, knowing that PT stands for Physical Torturer, I knew I had better get going. It was slow, but I did all 4 steps!! No pain, just extreme muscle tightness. I did notice going back down that I was starting to get a charlie horse in my quad so we went back to stretching…and then she made me go up the stairs again, and again, and again.
I am soooo thankful that I had this surgery after my gastric bypass. I could NOT imagine doing this with the extra 125 pounds on. I was sweating just from going up/down 4 steps at a time. If I was my original weight, I would have had a stroke…I’m sure of it. After that we went to the hamstring curl machine to work on stretching and strength. I am getting really good at the lengthening of my leg…I’m almost all the way straight. The bend is MUCH more challenging. I am still at about 111 degrees. I really need to work on that some more this weekend, especially since I don’t have therapy again until Wednesday.
After therapy I decided to make a quick trip to the bank and then head home. I thought I was doing pretty good. I had a rough day yesterday and had gone waaaayyyyy too long without pain meds. I had to go without pain meds this morning due to having to drive. By the time I got home and settled down, I was one hurting unit. I put the ice pack on first and then switched to the cryo-cuff. I ate a little something and then took a pain pill. I should have searched harder for a ride so I could have taken some meds prior to therapy. I keep saying here that you should not go too long without taking your pain meds. Why do I say this? Because once you are hurting, it takes time and a lot of stress to get to non-hurting status. Argh. If only I would listen to what I say!! So, please! Learn from my mistakes.
My mom stopped by after her and my dad went out for dinner. She took my lil girl outside for me and visited for a bit. I had settled down by the time she came over, but it was still really nice for her to stop by. This has been not only a physical challenge, but an emotional one. I have a hard time reaching out for help. I’m usually the strong one. It is challenging to not be the strong one. Sigh.
Ok, I’m going to bed and praying that tomorrow will be a better day. Mom is going with me to look at cars (ugh…I hate this process). I’m not buying anything yet (at least I don’t think I am), but I want to get an idea of what I really want and what I can really afford. I do know that I definitely need something that does not sit on the ground like my current car. 🙂 I also don’t want something I have to climb up into. Yea, I know..I’m picky. LOL!
Have a wonderful night!