Is a good laugh!
Does she still do her PT exercises???? You may be wondering whether or I still do, and the answer is a resounding yes! While admittedly I’m not doing them twice a day anymore because I’m feeling so much better, I still do them once daily. I’ve noticed if I slack off too much, my knee starts letting me know by becoming more sore. Yes, you read that correctly! The more I stay with my exercises, the less pain I feel these days. The more I slack off, the more it hurts!
My physical therapist, Jim, had recommended I stay with my leg straightening routine, the psoas stretch and other quad strengthening exercises for about a year. And you know what? He’s right. About a month ago, I noticed myself sliding with the exercises. I thought to myself, “What’s the big deal? I’m feeling better.” But I found out that if I don’t persist with the exercises, I feel more sore. (Hmm…that gives me an idea for my next post! I’ll share some of my exercises with you!)
There may be others who have sailed through a TKR and didn’t need much in the way of long-term stretching and strenghtening, but I am not one of those people. At this point I can confidently say that doing the exercises helps! Surgery itself did not stretch the muscles that had been shortened for so many years nor did it strengthen the muscles that had gone so weak. It only fixed the bone on bone issue which was causing me pain which had left me practically incapable of doing much. It’s MY job to do the rehab necessary to come back better than ever, and that takes perseverance and repetition to create new habits for my muscles and tendons to perform properly with my new knee.
So…even though I go to the gym and I feel better, I continue to do the exercises and reap the reward! One of my rewards is that I’m now up to 45 minutes on the spin bike!! And I don’t mean just pedaling passively…I’m really going at it! Dripping sweat and all! Next week I plan to try out the spin class. I’m so excited!!!
The SF Bay Area is currently under a hideous heatwave. Yesterday I went to an all-day photography workshop in SF regarding Composition & Exposure by Sean Arbabi and while it was quite interesting and informative, it was held in a room upstairs over a photography store that had one small window-mounted air conditioner which was pretty much useless. Needless to say, I was dripping sweat by the end of the class. I think I lost 5 pounds just from being there, lol. Well I can dream, can’t I? 😉 I was very lucky in that Sean lived in the town near me and kindly offered to drive me home so that I didn’t have to take the subway.
So lessee…how did my knee do, you ask? Fairly well! I did notice it on and off throughout the class (in between sweating), but I came through with flying colors. When I came home, I elevated it, put some ice on and it felt better in an hour or so.
Today I plan on reviewing the material and practicing what I’ve learned. No way I’m going outside in this crazy heat though, so I’ll be taking shots of my cat, my TV, my dining room table, etc.
Check out Sean’s work! He is truly incredible and master at his craft!