Wednesday, January 18, 2012
After 3 months, I finally finished physical therapy! Today was my last session. My therapist said he was very impressed with my progress and it showed how hard I've been working! I've exceeded all expectations on every level. Today, my grip strength was 75, which is in the excellent range. Before my surgery I had no grip at all. In fact, my neurosurgeon told me that I was in danger of being paralyzed from the neck down. When I first started physical therapy seven weeks after my surgery, my nerves had already repaired to point where I had a grip of 65. A grip of 65 is in the good range. My therapist initially told me that my healing rate was amazing in order for me to have a grip of 65 before actually starting physical therapy. Now he is astounded that I have so much muscle development after only one month of exercise at the gym and pool! We are both pleased that I'm now off both of my nerve medications and so far I've only had one slight headache! That is a far cry from the migraine that I had for 3 years without let up! ( It was a 24 - 7 - 365 migraine that had my doctors worried enough to do an MRI of my brain since it lasted so long) I'm finding that along with my recovery, my moods are better, my pain level is manageable and I'm smiling more. I also found that cutting back some of my responsibilities and giving my attention to my own healing, reduced my stress and actually helped my healing process. In retrospect, I wish I had done it sooner. Putting yourself at the top of your list is vital to your own overall health. Hubby says I'm his walking miracle and I sure do feel like it!