Today is the last day that I am without Physical Therapy.
I had really mixed feelings about not having any therapy for almost 2 weeks. I like my current therapist and I think he is helping me progress towards something resembling running. He does supervise me intently during our sessions, and sometimes I feel like I could do more than he allows. I sort of wanted to try actually running, not intervals, or lateral skipping or whatever else he decided to have me do on any given day.
So, how did I do, unsuprevised?
The proof of course is in the Pudding….WHere that phrase came from, well, I had to Look It UP. As it turns out, it means almost nothing.
My Vacation from PT started out with a rather lackluster run on a Thursday. I was a little disappointed in it, as I thought for sure I’d be faster. Lo and Behold, (I am enjoying using cliche phrases in this post!), I came down with a cold about 24 hours later, which may explain the feeling of “off” that I got. So, probably just as well, I spent much of my Physical Therapy vacation in bed, coughing, sneezing and in general feeling lousy. With all that going on , there was no way for me to actually do what I had envisioned, the running of more than one mile. WHo knows if I had tried that, I might have ended up injured.
I went back to the running finally yesterday, and found it a bit easier, though I am still having some issues with coughing. Today I had the unique opportunity to run on the treadmill, as it was pouring rain down outside. The treadmill felt great! It is flatter than the ground of the soccer field, and so I felt a lot more secure about foot placement. Of course though you don’t vary your speed like you might when you run naturally, so it was a little awkward, add in that I was trying not to be seen by the therapists…well, *awkward!* But given that in about a week and change I’ve barely covered 2 miles…meh….
I ended up never actually running over one mile during the entire time period. I was actually really sick for several of those days.
As I was going out to swim today I saw my PT, who was in the pool, doing some sort of static aqua jog. He asked me a bunch of questions about the hip, and I don’t think I gave him a lot to work with. I did tell him I wanted to run some more. He wanted a pain number. Pain Scale Numbers are my Kryptonite! I admitted to him that I had run on the treadmill. He didn’t say anything. And then when stymied by the pain scale question, I told him we could talk about it later. I reminded him that he was not at work. He explained that while he was treading water in the pool this was a fine discussion to have. I decided it might be time to actually put in some laps. I see him tomorrow morning anyway, so I am going to have to think of what number I am on a pain scale.
I have a lot of discomfort with extension of the leg.
see how the skeleton has it’s right leg extended behind him/her? Thats when I get discomfort. It is more than likely due to left over tissue adhesions and some inflexibility. Mona gave me some new stretching exercises for that and they seem to be working, but I can not say they are pain free. And occasionally at the end of a day I have some irritation with the way my leg feels, but none of it is so severe that it stops me from doing anything at this point. So…is it pain? or is it just a nuisance. I have a feeling the hip/leg area is going to feel just a little strange for at least another 6 months til I get used to the new normal.
Well, we shall see what the Therapist thinks tomorrow, and how I do with the exercises after being unsupervised. I did note that I sort of forgot and eliminated a few over the week. oops!