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Went to therapy yesterday...reminded about baby steps

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I told the therapist I went to the swimming pool 3-4 days in a row and on Sunday was exercising in the pool for 30+ minutes and that night had a bad time with pain. She said I should go every other day until I am stronger and try to gradually increase my activity. She also told me to keep my leg from twisting when I am in bed by putting pillows around it. Today I have to take my husband to the doctor and so I probably won't go to the pool after work. I will start to walk to the end of the block and back today, however.

  
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MUSIC66 7/21/2010 10:05PM

    just take itone day at a time.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/21/2010 9:17PM

    Absolutely baby steps!!

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SRFRGRL7163 7/21/2010 7:27AM

    Three to four days in a row is a lot, listen to the therapist. Need to gradually heal and rushing things can do more damage. Take care, enjoy your walk and good luck to you!

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On the mend...with "baby steps" in the pool...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I managed to work just fine and even did my "quotas" in spite of needing my walker to get from the ramp to my office. When I got home I rested about an hour and then hubby and I went to the gym where I only whirlpooled for just 10 minutes. When I got home hubby made dinner and I rested with ice on my knee. Before sleeping I took a pain pill and did my PT exercises and then iced and slept so much better than the night before. I am going to take it easy with swimming and today after PT I will try walking in the water in the pool for exercise and then whirlpool. I think yesterday's flare up was from just doing too much in the pools on Sunday. I keep forgetting about "baby steps." emoticon

  
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PATTYKLAVER 7/20/2010 11:27AM

    It's so hard to be patient when we are mending! But it sounds like you're listening to your body well. Keep up with the slow baby steps and good luck.

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MSDESERTRODENT 7/20/2010 10:37AM

    Working in the pool is so wonderful! I remember when I was recovering from my surgeries, the pool really helped a lot!

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CATLADY52 7/20/2010 10:37AM

    That's the spirit. The body has ways to keep reminding the brain not to overstep. emoticon

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WANDAH3 7/20/2010 7:12AM

    Water exercise is so wonderful. You don't have the stress on the joints or muscles that you do on land. Hope you continue to heal.

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Wanda

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I thought activity would make me feel better....

Monday, July 19, 2010

Both knees are stiff today. During the night I had severe pain but didn't take pain pill due to not wanting to be groggy for drive to work. Should have taken something about midnight and eneded up tossing and turning and finally put ice on knee an hour ago. I hope I am able to stay at work today as I am on the verge of being "put on report" for taking too much unscheduled time from work in terms of "number of incidents." My last incident was incurred the day I left work to see the doctor regarding my muscle tear. Hopefully my knees will loosen up and be less painful soon. I did 45 minutes of gentle water exercises yesterday and perhaps that was too much. I will cut back my sessions to 20 minutes until I am feeling better. My next therapy session is tomorrow and I will ask for advice from the therapist.

  
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TEDDYTEDDY 7/20/2010 6:55AM

    I managed yesterday just fine but used my walker for work. May have looked a bit pathetic but I felt it. I did go whirlpool for 10 minutes and went to bed early with ice on my knees and did my exercises for PT before sleeping. This morning feel rested and better.

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FITMARY 7/19/2010 11:38AM

    Hope you feel better soon. It is hard to keep going, but it's probably best in the long run. Good luck with today!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/19/2010 7:49AM

    Ouch! I admire you for keeping on going with your schedule when you are in such pain. I've been there with my back, so I know how hard it is. I hope you find relief soon!

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Struggling to stay active....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I had my first PT after the tear of my quad muscle about 10 days ago. I have been given a list of only 4 exercises to do 15 reps x 2 and to do them twice a day. So far I have done those exercises only once a day as I am having a great difficulty moving the knee and have to grin and bear it. I spend a lot of time "thinking" about doing the exercises and have to really psych myself up to do them. So far I have found easing into those exercises by getting on my recumbent bike for 10 minutes to warm up and sometimes icing before doing the prescribed exercises is the only way to erase my "fear of discomfort." Yesterday I even had to take a pain pill before getting to the dreaded exercises.

I have had to take it slowly and change my exercises a bit so they are not so painful. I will be discussing the changes I had to make with my therapist when I see her again this coming week. In the meantime I am trying to go to the gym once a day to swim (aerobic water exercises) and ROM exercises in the whirlpool. I also am going to try walking to the end of the block and back and eventually around the block once a day.

As they say, baby steps....


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MISSPEACHES3 7/18/2010 10:39AM

    Don't give in to the temptation to give up. You are on the right track. Keep it up. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/18/2010 10:16AM

    Take it slowly. After my surgery my doctor said my only guideline was to use my common sense. If I was tired I should rest and if it hurt I should stop doing it. I know for someone as active as you it must be really tough not to push it. But better to go slow now and eventually get back up to your usual speed than to hurt yourself again and be set back even further.
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Walking pretty well with no knee immobilizer and put away the walker...

Friday, July 16, 2010

I used only my cane to make sure I didn't lose my balance as I used a walker and knee immobilizer for six days. I haven't done my exercises today yet and just got up from an afternoon nap. Right now I am icing and then I am going to get on the recumbent bike for 10 minutes and then will do my exercises.

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MUSIC66 7/17/2010 10:23PM

    you are doing great.hand surgery went well on fingers it took the surgan 3 hours to fuse two fingers i see the surgan tomorrow in brisbane to see how things are going then on tuesday the knee surgan at the toowoomba hospital will do knee arthroscopy on left knee . left hand f2 fingers will be fused later on once right hand is healed enough.

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MS5835 7/17/2010 11:35AM

    Congrats on your progress. You go girl!

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GIZMO-G 7/17/2010 12:32AM

    emoticon Excellent news! emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/16/2010 10:57PM

    You are doing great!!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/16/2010 8:23PM

    It's great that you are making progress. I admire your attitude.

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VILLAGE2051 7/16/2010 7:03PM

  I have mobility problems too and your last sentence was very motivating as I've been stalling about watching my yoga tape. With your help I am going to turn off the computer and turn on the DVD. thanks mucho.

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