I am making progress. I started working from home this past Monday, had my first PT visit on Wednesday, started driving on Thursday, and had my second PT visit on Friday. Lots accomplished this week!!!
It was good to start working again and know that I was missed by co-workers and clients. It at least gives me something else to focus on though I was exhausted by the time Friday finally arrived.
So at my first PT visit on Wednesday which was mostly an assessment we talked about the past few years and what led to me having PAO surgery. We talked about my running and the therapist asked if I wanted to get back to running. My eyes teared up a little and I said that the doctor recommended that I do not run in the future. I shared with the therapist that I would love to run a few miles here and there even if it wasn’t running marathons but that I also don’t want to end up in place that I cause more damage to my hip and then have to face hip replacement in the future. I also shared that through reading other people’s stories about PAO that I have come across some who have had PAO surgery and are running longer distances again. The therapist told me that it will really all depend on how everything heals and how much we can strengthen up the muscles around the joint. We did some resistance tests with my left leg and right leg so he could gauge the difference from one side to the other. I also laid on my back so that he could check my range of motion on each side. Both sides definitely need some work as my range of motion isn’t that great on my non-surgery side right now either. I need to be able to get my knee to my chest and I pretty far off right now. Then I rode an upright stationary bike. This was the first time that I have really moved that hip since the surgery so it felt very weird. The first few turns where very awkward and jolted but after a few minutes the turns did begin to get smoother. I had to get up to two bars and keep it there. I rode for 11 minutes total. It felt a little uncomfortable in my inner thigh at first but then that went away also. It actually felt really good to finally have some movement in my hip. The therapist said that in a few weeks I will need to be riding a stationary bike for 45 minutes a day 7 days a week so we are going to look into getting one for house and I know I will continue to use it for exercise in the future. I am hoping to maybe find a spin bike that would get the job done but I may need a more comfy bike seat to start with.
I had an appointment on Thursday that my husband drove me to and then I drove on the way home while he was in the car just so we could make sure that I was good and felt okay driving. It was fine. I am much more nervous about everyone else on the road and just felt like every time I braked I was watching in the rearview mirror to make sure the car behind me was stopping.
I started my PT appointment on Friday with 11 minutes on the stationary bike. I then used one crutch to walk over to the body leg press machine. Basically you are laying down and pressing but the part of the machine that you are laying on which is on an incline is moving. I did 3 sets of 35 presses with each leg. I don’t know what happens to me when I am doing these exercises…I guess I am in deep concentration but the therapist kept having to remind me to breath 🙂 I told him that is why I am not good at yoga…I think so much about the positions that I forget to breath. This was the first time that I actually lifted my leg into position on the machine without using my hands to lift my legs. After the body leg presses I actually walked over to the stretching table with out my crutch! YEAH!!! It was not a perfect walk as I do have a limp right now but I was very happy to take a few steps with no assistance. I laid on the stretching table and the therapist pulled at my ankle to slightly pull on the hip joint which felt strange but good. He then brought my leg in with my knee bent up towards my chest to stretch it and that definitely hurt. It just feels so tight. These two stretches were repeated. Finally, I did some side steps with no crutch to the left and then back to the right. He told me that the side steps were my homework over the weekend and to try to do some walking with the one crutch and some walking without the crutch in intervals. He said that I would be sore on Saturday and even more sore on Sunday but to also try to get rid of the crutch this weekend if possible.
Well it is Sunday evening and I can take a few steps without the crutches but I don’t think I can completely get rid of it just yet. I was definitely sore today and took Tylenol midday. My PT appointment is at 8:45am tomorrow morning so I am going to start watching the Saints vs. Cowboys game but don’t know if I will get to watch the whole game since I need to be up early. Geaux Saints!!! WHO DAT!!!