Thursday, April 25, 2013
I'm starting to see big strides in my physical therapy, finally! Yesterday, my therapists did strength and range of motion testing. Wow, was there ever improvement! I progressed to working with weights in a "therapist guided" routine. I knew I was in trouble when my therapist told me to do only "loosening" movements with my arm for the rest of the day. I was riding so high on my progress that I couldn't understand why he'd say something like that. Bam! Several hours later, my arm started to ache and I could hardly lift it from fatigue. I'm so glad that I followed his instructions! I had trouble getting comfortable last night and slept poorly.
This morning when I got up I was stiff beyond description. Yikes! My arm also tired quickly today so I only did one full round of "at home physical therapy". I iced the shoulder 3 times to control the swelling. The good news is that I road 11.24 miles in 65 minutes on the recumbent cycle today. I'm almost at my normal level and it has only taken me 3.5 weeks to get there! I'm excited that even though I can't do my regular form of exercise, I've found a way that I can work out and it is working for me!