Progress Update #13
Friday, April 28, 2017
The wedding was beautiful (pictures later) but the schedule we kept was grueling. Hubby and I are exhausted still. The big thing we have noticed is that after five days of constant activity, we don't bounce back like we did when we were younger. Aging isn't for sissies!
I started outpatient physical therapy on Tuesday. My therapist got a chance to see what my leg looks like in all its swollen, inflamed glory. She was shocked at the amount of scar tissue from the soft tissue damage. The first day left me sore and stiff. That is all part of the process. But......
Yesterday we did more vigorous therapy. My muscles got a workout and were screaming as soon as they cooled down. The therapist also stretched the scar from the incision and massaged the scar tissue behind the knee (from the wounds). That was very painful but very necessary. I still have one small hole left, behind the knee, that needs to close. For some reason, it is slow in closing and super sensitive. My therapist has to be careful not to disturb that area. I felt tired and kind of beaten up when I dragged home. I tried to get in a small walk before taking up residence on the bed at home. Since I needed the support, I walked with a shopping cart around the grocery store and purchased a few small items. I did around 4,500 steps yesterday. That was on top of the leg press, scar massage and bending exercises. I was exhausted!
I was so tired that I slept in the same position for 6.5 hours last night! Unfortunately, that position was on the right side - on my sore leg. I can't begin to describe the agony I felt when I awoke this morning. The plus side is that the sleeping position squeezed out quite a bit of the fluid from my swelling. The down side is that the sleeping position compounded the pain and stiffness. I have been awake for two hours and I'm still trying to get the pain to subside. I will take a nice warm shower and then do some walking and stretching while the muscles are warm. I will go easy on today's therapy exercises and be aware that sometimes less is more and just the right amount.