Pain and Progress

On Tuesday of this week I graduated from my in-home physical therapy program and on Wednesday I had my first outpatient physical therapy appointment.  When the PT saw me walk in her first words were, “At four weeks out I was expecting you to come in with a walker.”  That was enough to encourage me to show off a little during that appointment.  I walked without the assistance of a cane all around the indoor track.  Then I pushed really hard at each exercise she wanted me to do.  She thought I was doing great.  I felt pretty good when I left there.  By the evening I was in major pain.  I think every muscle in my body was aching not to mention the joints themselves.  My knees were even screaming at me.  I finally got to sleep that night with the assistance of a pain pill.

 On Thursday I woke up feeling pretty good and even did the exercises that the PT provided for me.  By the end of the day I was feeling VERY adventuresome so Dave and I went to Hy-vee.  I walked around most of the aisles in the store pushing the cart.  I can not tell you the last time I went to the grocery store without driving around in one of the electrical carts.  It has been at least two years.  By the time we got to the check-out counter I was a little tired but not exhausted.  I sat on a bench while Dave finished checking out, then I walked with him to the car.  You can not imagine how excited I was to be able to do that.  All evening long I kept saying to Dave, “ I walked all around Hy-Vee!”

 When I got home I still had enough energy to make dinner and then make cookies. I know I still have to build up my strength and my hips do not feel “natural” yet.  I often feel like there is a tight band around my hip and many times when I sit down I feel like I am sitting on something.  However, words can not explain how happy I am to be able to do these simple things that I have not been able to do and to know it is only going to get better in the future.

 Crystal– I will soon be ready for the pool ……

6 thoughts on “Pain and Progress

  1. I am so happy for you, Theresa! I know how long you have waited to be able to do these things. That is so terrific! Good job!


  2. Hi Theresa,

    It’s so great to hear you are doing well! I’m ready for the pool anytime…just let me know. I’ve been traveling a lot since mid-May so this will be great timing. I will be in town this week and out next week. Looking forward to it…take care!

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