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First Therapy Session

Monday, August 19, 2013

This morning I had my first therapy session to help me build up the strength in my left leg. Now, I'm tired. I have three exercises to do that will help my thigh muscles. I did them at the office and I'll do them again tonight. I haven't had any real pain, but my thigh is really tired. My blood pressure was a bit better. Last Wednesday 150/110 and today 161/86. I've been following the DASH diet as best I can. It may have been a bit elevated because I'm now parking a little farther, both to push myself and because I no longer have the handicapped permit, and I can fell my heart beat faster after that. I really need to push myself and park farther so I can get my bp down.

The therapist went over my range of motion, my pain and my goals. I really want to be able to get around with these crutches. I never knew how difficult it really was, and add to that my age. I'm tired of being stuck at home. As it is, unless I can get someone to take me somewhere or get them to get things for me, than I can't do it. Just getting around at home is rough. I have to have a bag with me at all times so that I can carry things around. I have to take any plate or bowl and move them at arm's lengths in order to be able to eat. By the time I get basic preparations done for a meal, I have to sit down because my right leg will be in pain since I can't put any weight on my left leg.

I'm feeling good about things and I'm not going to let things get me down for long. When I was filling out the form this morning, one of the questions was about broken bones. It asks the age you were and after I wrote down 28 and 56, I was hoping that doesn't mean I'll be breaking another bone in 28 years!

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NELLJONES 8/20/2013 7:36AM

    Physical therapists can do wonders. You may never be back to 100%, but 90% would probably feel pretty darn good.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 8/19/2013 5:36PM

    Do i feel your pain! I was on crutches for 7 months in a city where I didn't know anyone, so I had no help of any kind. (The worst times were taking cabs to and from surgeries. I felt so alone.) One little thing helped a LOT. I used zip ties to attach a little basket - it would hold 2 cans of soda - to one of my crutches. I didn't have to carry a bag around at home especially because all the little crap no one thinks of fit into it. I could even vvveeeerrrryyyy carefully hobble a mug of hot tea to the living room.

I paid someone move my microwave to my dining room table & then only ate what could be micro'd or that fit in my basket - sandwiches, fruits, cups of veggies/fruits/side dishes/etc.

After 5 weeks, at least you are past the stage where an accidental nudge on your knee creates white lightening pain and a flood of tears! Hopefully, you are pretty stable on your sticks and feeling a little stronger every day. You are doing great!

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