Today I went to my 1st out-patient PT appointment. All they did was manual manipulation ie; massage, on my leg. Holy crap that was rough. My calf (up high), quad & it (illio-tibial) band are sooooooooo tight. They really went in deep, or as deep as I could take. Not a big fan of heavy, deep massage. I can handle a certain amount of pain but not in my massage. Ouch! Not sure I'll be able to control language or decibel levels while they do this. Had to practice some serious deep inhaling and slow, controlled exhaling.
I just have to tell you, when I 1st went in they asked if I was "OK" with dogs. I said absolutely and they brought out 2 blond labradoodles. George & Gracie. Oh my goodness, they were so cute. Of course they were sniffing me all over. They're so soft & sweet. I told them they could be there whenever I'm there. Jessie, a good place for you to come & work at? Just sayin'.
I must admit though, the next morning everything felt a bit better. I hate it when they're right.
Everyone says how beautiful the suture line is. How they've never seen a nicer one ever. Oh thank goodness. If you know anything about me, you know I've always had great legs. Yes, I am not without my vanities. My legs were always 1 of them.
The paper stitches that were placed on the line after the staples came out, have started to fall off. As of right now I only have 1 still on. So, I've begun rubbing Vitamin E on it. It scared me a little to rub across the line but it seems to be holding up just fine. It should also help to minimize the scar and heal it nicely.
My homework is to continue with the exercises from my at-home PT, give my leg a good massage to loosen the muscles, scar tissue, fascia, skin and so on. While I was lying back I decided to try and lift my leg up off the bed. This was the 1 exercise from the get-go that I couldn't do. From the hospital and even at home, I just couldn't do it without severe pain across the top of my knee, the main surgery line. Well, this time I was able to lift it a little. Whew! When I say a little, I really mean a little. But I did it. So, that's been re-entered into my homework list. As is taking a good walk everyday. Putney thoroughly enjoys that one.
The PT place gave me a schedule of appointments that is pretty long. About 4 weeks worth. I honestly don't think I'll need that much because much of this I can & will, do on my own. When I can safely get into the water again, you can bet your bottom dollar, I'll be in the pool doing my Burdenko work. When I go back to work, office duty to lite duty to eventually full duty, I'll be in the gym and the pool re-habing myself before work, during lunch, open hours &/or maybe after work (though I doubt this last time stated) . But... we'll see. I'm lucky to have the knowledge and the resources to do this.
They, the PT, told me that on my next visit I'll again get that intense massage along with getting on a stationary bike. Yuck, but I knew it was coming. Wish I had 1 at home but I don't. It's ok, there's plenty at work.
This type of work is called Self-Myofaschial Release or SMR. It's a fabulous way to release adhesions, or knots, improve blood flow & therefore oxygen release for healing, without overstretching fibers. I love this kind of work but it isn't particularly easy to do. It's even great if you can't get into your masseuse. I do still have a couple of massages left in my massage package I'd bought long before the surgery but I think I'll be getting prodded enough for now.
You can do SMR as a pre or post exercise stretch too. Remember though, you need to drink lots of fluids after doing this work, much like after you get a massage. You're releasing toxins and you need to flush them out. By the way I used the word stretch incorrectly earlier. You're not really stretching the fibers but pressing or "ironing out" if you will, the fibers of both the muscles & the faschia surrounding the muscle fibers and the connective tissues. This releases the tightness.
I did manage to re-do the kitchen counters. The drink station ie; coffee/tea & nutribullet, are on one end and the spices to the other. Gives me so much more work space. I put the big coffeemaker that I only used once/week, if that, into the bottom of the pantry along with my big blender. No need for that space being taken up for nothing. Plus, I have those 2 appliances handy just in case I do need them. Now, I'm going to rid 1 of my shelves of the ridiculous numbers of glasses that I have. Really? What the hell was I thinking? No-one needs that many glasses readily available do they? NO! They don't. This'll give me space for the extra Nutribullet cups to be ready for usage. Again, more counter space. Fabulous!
Feels great to get more organized in the kitchen. Sadly, I discovered that I have 3 packages of powdered sugar. At least I know I have it & won't have to buy anymore for the next few years. HA!
Another thing I'd heard a great deal about prior to my surgery was the, shhhhhhhhhhh, constipation issue. What? Oh well, I really didn't have much of one. Never did it in the hospital. First morning home, happy day! and only a couple of days with nothing these last 2.5 weeks. The rest of the time all has been as usual. Thankfully. Not too sure why I'm having such a good ride with this surgery, but I'm really not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth. I'm grateful to everyone for their concerns and preventative suggestions but all is well so far.
I've been allowed to alternate hot & cold on my leg now. I even learned that I can do both at the same time. Warm/hot compress under the leg & cold on the top. This is all to get the swelling down and increase blood flow. It feels so good. Less swelling = more movement = yahooey-looey!
Well, Sunday night I had my 1st official evening outing. I went to see a friends' cd release party. It began around 6pm and I stayed 'til about 8pm. It was my 1st fairly long drive too. To the opposite side of town but I did it. I finally had to leave 'cuz my leg as getting stiff from not really moving it for so long. The venue was really quaint. Monterey Court Studio Galleries & Cafe. A couple of my friends came to join me there and S. gave me the gift of pork! She's so funny. She brought it all the way out there for me. Very, very sweet. Not bad tasting either. They each had some wine, I got water. Yum! I also had a nice Cobb salad. Told you I love salads.
The band sounded pretty good for the most part. Just a couple moments of "yikes!" but truely, the most of it was fun & lively. Key Ingredients of African Soul. Led by Mike Olsen, also known as Doc Twang, is a blend of African, Contemporary & Jazz music. Some tracks have musicians from Africa on it who sent him their track and he produced the cd. Very inspiring. You can just picture the African sunsets as you listen to the music. Thank you Mike for a lovely 1st outing.
Going back to work this week starting on Wed. Only the afternoons and only office work. Yuck, but I need to get out of the house & do something & be around people. I went in yesterday to give my boss C. my PT schedule and got to see many of my co-workers/buds. Saw a few of the guests as well and it was quite the hug fest. I loved it. So nice to see everyone again. Got there in time to see the Zumba class going and got a little weepy-eyed. Guess I'm a little jealous about their being able to dance & I can't right now. But not for long. I'll get there soon.
I also need to get crackin' on my CEC's for 2 of my certifications. I do already have some but I need more. I'll get those going beginning this week too. Every 2 years instructors & trainers need to take workshops & tests to keep our certifications up to date. I don't mind keeping up on the industry but some of these things are pretty pricey. Now everything wants it's own special certification. Can anyone say $$$$$$ ? I believe many of these certs. are just a ploy for money gathering. I really wonder if these bodies check out any of the qualifications. Then the certifying body charges you to re-certify. So not only do you pay for the CEC's but you pay to have them credited to your certification. Unreal. Oh well, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I don't know that it really weeds out the fakes but it seems to me, that the certs. seem to have more value than a college education and/or degree out there in the workplace. That makes no sense to me at all. What do you think? Any opinions?
OMG! Just came back from PT. Second day on the recumbent bike. Yesterday, I couldn't get a full rotation or revolution on it so I just went forward & backwards on it for 10 min.. Today I did full rotations in both directions. It is easier going backwards which is what I did for the most part, but I did get in some forward rotations too. Yes, it hurts a bit but it's also a breakthrough. Everyone seems to be so elated with my recovery at 3 weeks out of surgery. My head is swelling along with my knee!
Next on my agenda for the day, now that I've walked the Putters, is to get my bleedin' hair cut. it's been making me nuts for the longest time. I can't wait. Starting feel straggly.
Ok, I went back to work these last 3 days. Only upstairs, I used the elevator, in the office. felt great to be out of the house doing something fairly important. I hope I was helpful. I'm going to assume I was. everyone seemed so glad to see me. I know I was thrilled to see them. I have asked the doc if I could do a little more now. Things like stand for an hour or 2 then go back upstairs & do some more office work. I don't want to set myself back at all, but I do feel as though I can do more than I have. I have to wait 'til Monday or Tuesday to find out, So, until then I'm in the office. I can wait. I have to. So there, right?
Well, tonight G. & I go see Rob Thomas in concert at Desert Diamond Casino. She thinks he's so hot! Cracks me up. I like him too, but as a singer. Should be a really good concert, he's solo and it's a small venue. Fun stuff.
Again, keep dancin' for me folks. I'll be back soon.
Peace out ya'll.