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Confidence shaken

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Well.. I did my first walk around at the local forest preserve yesterday since I hurt my knee. I have 1 more final physical therapy session next week when I get released.

4 months of very limited activity has set me back and attacked my self confidence! To say I'm out of practice would be an understatement! I did manage to make it around the whole lake, and do the hill 2 times verses my normal 3. I am still shaky coming down off the hill. I am afraid of really hurting it again, wore my knee braces to give me some added stability.

I am so mad at myself for putting me in this situation. I am 56 years old, pretty active up until this point. This whole thing has put a whole new perspective on my mortality, plus the fact that Mom also had an issue and thought she was having a heart attack. Needless to say with all these health issues I was set to thinking.....

I need to take more care of me. This is the only body I have. I need to take care of it, push the limitations of course, but not do foolish things to prove a point! Knowing your limitations is a good thing. I do not have to prove to ANYONE what I can or can not do.

I need my confidence back! My knees don't need surgery at this point, but they are weaker. I HAVE to be aware of it.

I will SLOWLY work up to where I was before the injury. I will overcome this.

I could any encouragement you want to send my way!
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  • ROSY_TIAMO
    You seem to be on the right road, and have a definite plan. You need to take it slowly one day at a time, and listen to your body.....
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    3763 days ago
  • NEELIXNKES
    emoticon for reaching the point that you can be back out there again. For the first time back out on the trail, it sounds like a successful walk. Hang in there and just keep pushing forward emoticon but take it slowly so that you can rebuild your strength. emoticon
    3766 days ago
  • PJGABRIEL
    Just easy back into the walks and before you realize it you will be back to where you were before the injury. Good Luck and God Bless.
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    3767 days ago
  • 41SUSAN14
    There's *nothing* scarier than a fall. You think it's nothing, until you realize you're really hurt. Or that you could have been really hurt.

    Fell yesterday and totally lucked out. I should have destroyed my knee. Instead I have bad bruising and swelling.

    Take it easy (not TOO easy), and let your body work back up to its former level of fitness. You have all the groundwork in place, now it's just working back up to it!

    Do you belong to a gym? Do you have access to an (indoor) pool? Water exercise is a great way to get your balance back and strengthen the muscles and ligaments without aggrevating the injury.

    Remember that your body is going to be off-kilter for a long time - you've been "walking funny" because of the injury. You're still using muscles totally differently than you did in the past. Let your body adapt slowly back to the old "fit" patterns. Don't force it! (Your body always wins. It has no connection to rational behaviour and it going to do exactly what it wants.) Teasing and nudging your body back is the way to go!

    You're doing GREAT! Remember, you're a TURTLE - slow and steady and patient and persistant.
    3767 days ago
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