Friday, December 16, 2011
Today I completed week 8 of physical therapy. This week has been especially challenging because my therapist is trying to help me correct a problem in order to avoid more surgery. On Wednesday, he worked on the swollen nerves in both my arms and shoulders. The right side wasn't too bad. The left side was excruciatingly painful. It caused both of my eyes to run uncontrollably, my hands got cold and I got the shakes and shivers. The therapist said it was an involuntary nerve reaction but from my point of view it was like fingernails down a chalkboard repeatedly. Yuck! As soon as he put hot packs on me everything stopped and calmed down. What a relief that was!
Yesterday I was so sore from the therapy and exercise that I could barely move when I got up. Since my therapist told me that movement makes things better, I went to my two water classes. Once again the water was nice and warm and it did it's magic on my sore body. The healing properties of water never cease to amaze me. Although the nerves were protesting a little, my muscles responded well to the exercise and warm water and I felt much better.
This morning I was stiff again but couldn't go to my water class because I had physical therapy at 8a.m. I was really dreading it because I knew my therapist would most likely work on my nerves again and I would be in loads of pain. I told him how stiff I was with my at home strength program, water aerobics classes and nerve stretching. Surprise! He tested my shoulders and arms and said that I was too stiff and irritated to work the nerves today. He suggested that we let everything calm down over the weekend and begin again on Monday. The good news or should I say the great news is that for the first time ever..... drum roll please.... my left side showed a big increase in strength. I've made all kinds of other progress but up until now major increases in arm and shoulder strength have been missing. Finally, after all of my blood, sweat and tears (there have been lots of tears) it is finally starting to show! Hooray!!!! This is a major milestone for me. I can actually control the muscles and some movements in my left side. It is a good day!