For 2010, I made a strong commitment to myself to make a real push to get better… I don’t want to call it a resolution, though it’s essentially what it is.
No more sitting back for the doc, time for action.
January 2 I renewed the gym membership and started going to the pool 5 days a week for at least 30-45 mins (going immediately after work is a schedule that works for me so I don’t feel like just being lazy at home). And good news that one pool is saltwater (I felt like I stank of chlorine for a few days when I started at another gym). I try to walk back and forth lap to lap or swim to re-build the cardio and some semblance of fitness level from the stagnation of doing nothing.
I was meant to go back to the doc the first week of January but a work meeting conflict forced me to move it and the doc’s next availability is not until Jan. 26. He can take a hike for all I care, though I may have also chosen some stronger words for him.
Considering the long delay to next appt, I went a step further. Last week I started physio on my own terms with a physio place near work that I have used for other issues I’ve had. I’m getting manual massage around the tendon and calf, and received stretching exercises and guidance from my PT and the “workout” on the muscles feels great after each session. She also validated a lot of the good things I did on my own (i.e. walking through water to minimize gravity and start gradually stretching the tendon again).
I regret not trying to push PT sooner with the doc, but we can’t change the past. All we have is now and the future.
Key exercises for me:
1. stand on one foot - try to get balance, build strength in leg - use wall/hand on side if needed
2. stand on one foot, close eyes - try to build body’s awareness of balance that has been lost - I find this challenging!
3. lean on drawer with forearms on drawer, do heel raises slowly up and down. As I get more comfortable with this, gradually have less lean until *eventually* I can stand up and do heel raises - I can feel myself slowly getting stronger here
4. Stretch tendon - use towel around foot and pull - will help stretch out that scar tissue and get tendon more limber again
So I go, yes I go!
Here’s hoping that you all are going on the positive side too!